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Bedford Hills Fire Department Holds Open House

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 wasn’t 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 it’s state of the art. It has rescue tools, 750 gallons of water, and it’s all computerized,” Liburdi said. “All safety approved, the truck won’t 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 don’t take it seriously, they think they’re just making us go outside.”

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