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FREE Fire Safety Field Day with fun for everyone!

FREE Fire Safety Field Day with fun for everyone!

 Kids of all ages and families are invited to experience firefighting activities such as putting out fires, riding in fire trucks and using thermal imaging technology at a free event held 9 a.m. – noon on Saturday, May 18, at the City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center.

The Fire Safety Field Day will feature opportunities to spray fire hoses on a simulated kitchen fire, see demonstrations like vehicle extrications and CPR, learn about scientific methods for fire investigations, climb inside a fire engine and ambulance, experience thermal imaging technology and race firefighters around the training ground. The event also is a rare opportunity to visit the state-of-the-art, 23-acre training center which is jointly used by Aurora’s police and fire departments for recruit academies and to run through simulated emergencies and drills for scenario-based training.

The event is presented by the Rotary Clubs of Aurora, including the Rotary Club of Aurora, Aurora Fitzsimons Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Smoky Hills. Coinciding with the International Rotary Day of Service, the Fire Safety Field Day is a kick-off fundraiser for a yearlong campaign by the local Aurora Rotary chapters to purchase a mobile fire safety house for Aurora Fire Rescue. Estimated to cost more than $150,000, this trailer would be used to provide hands-on fire safety and emergency education to area schools, civic organizations and community groups.

Fires and burns are the 5th leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths to children under 19 in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics report published in 2020. The National Fire Protection Association’s 2020 Fire Loss in the U.S. data reports that nearly three-quarters of all fires occur in the home. Tragically, 300 children younger than 14 die in home fires on average each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Statistically, that is nearly one child every day.

With as little as two minutes to escape a fire unharmed, every second counts. Children can become afraid and confused when a house fire starts and may not understand what is happening or how they should react. The mobile fire safety trailers typically feature replica bedrooms and kitchens where children can practice life-saving actions to take in a fire or emergency situation.

Donations to support the mobile fire safety trailer fundraising campaign can be made at tinyurl.com/28prznua.

Photo: 5280 Fire, Charles Broshous

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