The East Meadow Fire Department celebrated Fire Prevention Day on Oct. 13 with an open house event at its fire department headquarters on East Meadow Avenue, complete with Ladder Company roof operations, heavy rescue extrication, emergency medical demonstrations, stove fire demonstrations, a “hands on” smoke house, and gift handouts.
The day is in recognition of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which burned from October 8-10, killing hundreds of civilians and destroying about four square miles of Chicago. As a result, fire departments across the nation use the anniversary as a means to promote fire safety.
Throughout the day, volunteers from Engines 1, 2, 3, and 4, Ladders 1 and 2, and Rescue 4 and 5 showed off their equipment and discussed their jobs to an enthusiastic crowd of children. “Our Fire Prevention Committee, along with our firefighters, EMS personnel, Ladies Auxiliary and Junior Firefighters work hard year after year to ensure the success of this program.” said Chief of Department Wally Griffin. “Judging by this year’s turnout, I’d say they did another fantastic job.”
More than 500 people took part in the event, according to a department spokesman.