BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. The Bedford Hills Fire Department hosted its annual open house on Sunday, inviting locals into the life of fire safety and prevention.
The open house rounds out fire prevention week, which falls on the week of Oct. 9 of each year due to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 between Oct. 8 and 10.
But the day wasnt all about riding around in fire trucks for participants fire safety and prevention were the main themes of the day. The open house allowed children and adults alike to learn the basics, along with taking part in simulated fire situations.
The Bedford Village Fire Department lent its fire prevention trailer to the open house, which gives a realistic experience of a room filling with smoke. The smoke is non-toxic, and can be controlled by the firemen themselves.
Joe Liburdi, assistant fire chief, and company were also able to unveil their newest piece of machinery, Engine 199.
We just got it two months ago, and its state of the art. It has rescue tools, 750 gallons of water, and its all computerized, Liburdi said. All safety approved, the truck wont move unless you have the seatbelts on.
Fox Lane High School security monitor Laurie Dennett, a mother of two Bedford Hills firemen and a wife of another, said she considers an exhibit like this to be sacred, especially because she said that during school fire drills, students do not see the severity.
I see it on the level of where we do drills, Dennett said. The students dont take it seriously, they think theyre just making us go outside.
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