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Downers Grove Fire Department Hosts 'Night at the Firehouse'

The department will celebrate Fire Prevention Week with an open house Wednesday night, and will participate in the Silent Parade on Friday.

The Downers Grove Fire Department will host a community open house Wednesday to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13).

"Night at the Firehouse" will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Station 5, 6701 Main St. The public is invited to take a station tour, see demonstrations of automobile extrication and rescue techniques, and get acquainted with the various uniforms and protective apparel worn by firefighters in a variety of emergency situations during the "Firefighter Fashion Show."

Also during the event, firefighters will demonstrate how quickly a fire can spread and the effectiveness of residential sprinklers in the side-by-side room demonstration. 

"Freddie" the robot fire truck will be on hand to visit with families, the fire safety trailer will be operating to help children practice escaping from fires and children can practice making 911 calls with Downers Grove emergency dispatchers. 

Fire Prevention Week activities will continue Friday with the 18th annual Silent Parade. Fire departments across the suburbs will pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to fire by displaying their lights, but not their sirens.

The parade will begin in Hinsdale at 7 p.m., and pass through Downers Grove at Main Street and Maple Avenue at approximately 7:15 p.m.  People may assemble along Maple Avenue to view the parade, and pay tribute by holding a flashlight as the cortege passes.

The night will conclude with a memorial service and tribute to firefighters at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, just south of Route 53 and Maple Avenue.      

Created and sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), National Fire Prevention Week is an annual public awareness campaign to promote fire safety throughout the U.S. The goal is to educate families on what causes home fires, how to prevent them and what to do in an emergency situation.

This year’s theme is “Have 2 Ways Out!” which focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. 

NFPA has been the official sponsor of the campaign since 1922, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record, according to a news release.

"National Fire Prevention Week is critical in educating the public about the dangers of fire and how to protect themselves and their families," said Russell Fleming, president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA).

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