Fire Department sets open house
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 29 Sep 2011, p. 6

Routliffe, Kathy, Author
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The Wilmette Fire Department beginning this year's Fire Prevention Week with an open house on Oct. 8.
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29 Sep 2011
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Wilmette Fire Department
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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The Wilmette Fire Department is asking village residents to help kick off this year’s Fire Prevention Week by attending the department open house on Oct. 8.

The open house, which is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to noon at Fire Station 26, at 1304 Lake Ave., will also offer attendees the chance to take part in a LifeSource blood drive, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 2011 Fire Prevention Week runs Oct. 9 through Oct. 15, with the theme “It’s Fire Prevention Week! Protect Your Family From Fire.”

The week marks the 140th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on the evening of Oct. 8, 1871. The fire eventually took 300 lives, left 100,000 people homeless and caused $200 million in property damage.

Wilmette’s open house attractions include the Safety House, a mobile home designed to teach home fire safety, and displays of equipment used for special rescues and hazardous materials cleanup, as well as regular fire-fighting and paramedic equipment.

Children can bring their teddy bears; specially trained paramedics will be available to perform a check-up on bears, in order to give their young owners the experience of being a medical patient.

People who plan to give blood can receive free cholesterol tests and blood typing for doing so. Potential blood donors should eat and be well hydrated before donating.

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Fire Department sets open house