Fire Prevention at the Park

Fire Prevention at the ParkChildren who attend the Summer Park Program at the North Catasauqua Park on were treated to a visit from the North Catasauqua Fire Department on Friday, August 5, 2011.  Fire Dept members covered fire prevention basics such as smoke detectors in their home, calling 9-1-1 in an emergency, and safety around matches and lighters.

Junior Firefighter Tyler Fatzinger then donned his bunker gear and an air pack to show the children what firefighter look and sound like.  Frequently, children find firefighters scary when fully geared up and this helps to familiarize them with us should we ever be needed to save them.

The children were then split into two groups for demonstrations and hands-on displays.  Firefighters Harry Huhn and Devin Bauer lead children around Engine 1811 and Attack 1871 to explain the equipment carried and how it is used.  At the same time, Firefighter Adrian Murphy and Junior Firefighter Tyler Fatzinger assisted the children with operating a hose line and attacking the fire in the department's knock-down house.  Finally, Assistant Chief Roger Scheirer demonstrated the hydraulic rescue tools carried on Attack 1871 with the children.

At the conclusion of the demonstrations, fire department members turned the hose on the children, gently spraying them with water to cool off in the hot summer sun.