Firehouse tour, other activities planned for Fire Prevention Week in Downers Grove

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 1:48 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Fire Department will host a Night at the Firehouse and other activities during National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12.

Night at the Firehouse goes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Station 5, 6701 Main St.

Participants can 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."

Firefighters will also show 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 the real Downers Grove emergency dispatchers.

Parents can take advantage of visiting with firefighters to learn how to keep their families safe from fire and other unintentional injuries common to children.

Fire Prevention Week events will conclude with the Silent Parade, which pays tribute to all those who have lost their lives to fire and features fire department vehicles from many surrounding villages. All vehicles will display lights only; no sirens will be sounded.

The parade will begin in Hinsdale at 7 p.m. and pass through Downers Grove at Main and Maple at approximately 7:15 p.m.

Spectators 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.

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