Public Safety Day is a first responder “open house” and community event featuring fire, emergency medical service (EMS), police, and Animal Control on Sunday, October 14th from 1 to 4 pm at the Center Firehouse, 461 Main Street South. The event is hosted by the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc. (SVFA) and will be held rain or shine. Ample parking will be provided at the adjacent town hall parking lot and behind the firehouse.
“Come meet your police, fire and EMS first responders and learn how we all help make our community safe,” stated Southbury Fire Chief Dan Tomascak. In addition, he noted the ambulance and fire departments are always looking for volunteers and residents are encouraged to learn about how they too can help serve their community.
The annual program will have over a dozen emergency vehicles on public display including ambulances, police cruisers, 102’ ladder truck, heavy rescue, engines, tankers, and brush truck on display for the public to “see and touch-a-truck”.
The Southbury Police, Southbury Ambulance Association, Heritage Village Ambulance, Southbury Training School Fire Department, Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc. State Police K-9 and Southbury Animal Control have been invited and plan to be at the event to answer questions.
Live demonstrations will include a tanker shuttle / rural water supply demonstration at 2pm and a Fire/EMS auto extrication at 3pm. Throughout the event attendees can shoot the brush truck fire nozzle at a target.
The Public Safety Open House will include a “Safety Run Sheet” with several activity stations where participants will move to about 10 different “stations” to meet their local first responders and learn life safety skills. Many stations will have an activity including a “stop, drop, cover and roll” and “crawl low under the smoke” practice area. Children will receive a prize package for participating and visiting the numerous event “stations.”
A very popular part of the annual safety program is a walk thru of the “smoke room” simulating realistic smoke conditions. Citizens can safely “see” that a fire is dark and not light (due to the thick smoke that frequently occurs in a non-ventilated fire environment blocking the fire and the natural light).
The Southbury Ambulance Association will be providing tours of their ambulances along with providing blood pressure readings, medical and safety information.
Southbury Police will have a wide variety of tools and information available including radar, traffic enforcement equipment, along with public safety and drug awareness information.
Southbury Resident Sgt Van Ness recommended especially with the state-wide epidemic of vehicle break-ins that, “citizens remove valuables from your vehicle, lock their cars and if they see anything suspicious to call 911 immediately.” Sgt Van Ness also noted emergency reporting by sending a text to 911 is now available.
The Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. (SVFA) has approximately 70 members, plus an additional dozen Junior Corp members (youth ages 14-17) and almost 25 members of the SVFA Ladies Auxiliary who all work together to protect and serve our community. Please see the fire department’s popular website at www.southburyfire.com for additional department information including recent fire, apparatus and scene photos.
“We always look forward to meeting the public at our Public Safety Open House,” explained Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc. Public Education Committee chair Brian Jones. “The men and women of the Southbury Emergency Services – police, fire and EMS - protect the community 24/7/365 and we hope the community comes to meet their first responders, experience the demonstrations, take pictures and learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones,” stated Mr. Jones.