The Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company hosted out Annual Open House on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The event is always popular and was well-attended again this year. We take this opportunity to express our heart – felt appreciation. We thank everyone who turned out to support us and learn what we do every day to protect our community.
Inside the “Engine Room” there were displays set up. Along with some of the typical hand tools we carry on one of our engines, we were helped by some of our partners in Public Safety.
The Chestertown Police Department set up a table and brought in a patrol car so folks could get a close – up look. Children were delighted when the emergency lights were activated and the siren was briefly hit.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forestry Division was represented. They have primary responsibility for handling fires that involve or threaten forests and woodlands here in Maryland. A large Smokey the Bear inflatable was set up on our front lawn. Free Give-Aways were available.
The Kent County Office of Emergency Services was well represented. The Office of Emergency Services handles Emergency 9-1-1 and dispatching responsibilities for the county. Also included within this organization is our County Emergency Medical Services, the paramedics who respond with our volunteer ambulance crews to provide Advanced Life Support measures if and when needed. The Office of Emergency Services also works to plan for larger incidents and emergencies that may occur within our county borders. And, once an incident of larger magnitude occurs, the office can activate our County Emergency Operations Center, which brings together, in one place, all the agencies and organizations required to effectively deal with any situation.
The Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad brought one of their utility vehicles for display and also had a table set – up.
And? Last, but not least, our members provided free hot dogs, cookies, soda and water for our guests. We thank all of Public Safety partners who came and helped make our Open House a huge success!
Outside the fire station, we had a fire hose set – up so children, or anyone else for that matter, could try their hand at spraying water. This was a popular event and there was a steady line takers here. We also had a Safety House on display. This portable structure, set up to look like a living unit, mimics some of the safety hazards that contribute to residential fires. We use this as a teaching tool to educate against these hazards.
Finally? We had a bounce house set-up for children to burn off the sugar they got from the free cookies and soda. We’re sure their parents appreciated that.
Again? Thanks to all who came to our Open House. We hope to see you again next year! And? As a reminder! Please feel free to stop in the fire station anytime to say hello and look around!