POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Fire Department will once again host its Community Fun Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, across from the fire station at 2309 Jackson Ave.
Community Fun Day has become an annual tradition for the fire department and serves as an outreach event that is free to the community.
There will be free food, drinks, fire trucks on display and jump houses for the kids.
Another unique aspect to the event is an Air Evac Medical Helicopter being on display. Also, at 1 p.m., a demonstration by the Point Pleasant Police Department K9 Unit, with Jerry the police dog, will take place. Then, at 2:30 p.m., there will be an automobile extrication demonstration by the Point Pleasant Fire Department.
In a time of financial cutbacks for fire departments and skyrocking costs to retain training certifications and purchase equipment, the Point Pleasant Fire Department finds the funds each year to host Community Fun Day.
Community Fun Day is also held in celebration of “Fire Prevention Week,” making it an opportune time to practice fire drills and an exit plan for homes, including knowing two ways out of every room. In addition, this is a great time of year to remind residents to check batteries in smoke detectors.
Community Fun Day has a carnival feel, but also provides children and families with a chance to ask questions about fire prevention.
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 event that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on Oct. 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871. Fires also broke out that same day in parts of Wisconsin and Michigan.
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