A live burn demonstration at a previous Godfrey Fire Protection District open house. For the first time at Saturday's open house, the fire department will conduct a live burn demonstration using two rooms. Both rooms will be almost identical in size and contents, but one room will be protected by a residential sprinkler.
GODFREY — The Godfrey Fire Protection District will end Fire Prevention Week by hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Godfrey Fire Station No. 2, 1712 W. Delmar Ave.
The station property will be full of displays and apparatus, so parking will be available next door on the parking lot of the Godfrey Church of the Nazarene, 1800 West Delmar.
Demonstrations will include vehicle extrication, a home sprinkler system setup, a live burn room and a firefighter fashion show.
Community partners at the event will include:
• Alton Memorial Hospital
• Saint Anthony’s Health Center
• Madison County Unified Command Post (staff will sign people up for Code Red)
• ARCH helicopter
• St. Louis Children’s Hospital Transport Unit
• National Fire Sprinkler Association (home fire sprinkler demonstration trailer)
• Lewis and Clark Community College Mobile Health Unit
The event will feature many children’s activities, including extinguishing a mock fire with a hose, sliding down a fire pole and learning about how to crawl low through smoke in a smokehouse.
Free food and drink will be provided including firefighter-made smoked pulled pork sandwiches and kettle-cooked chips made on site.
Lt. Tom Wills, the fire district’s public education officer, said the fire district has done open houses sporadically in the past but wants to try to make them an annual event.
“With the new chief and new administration, we want to come out with fire prevention and fire safety on the forefront of what we’re trying to do in the community,” Wills said. “We’re going to start trying to have an annual open house to showcase what we do here at the fire department.”