Open houses offer inside look at Burr Ridge police, fire services
Oct. 20 OPEN HOUSES
Burr Ridge Police Department
7700 S. County Line Road
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tri-State Fire Protection District
6301 Western, Willowbrook
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2012 1:11PM
BURR RIDGE — As part of National Fire Prevention Month, Tri-State will open its doors Oct. 20 along with its trucks and ambulances, for the public to peruse.
“We wil have all of our fire trucks out there on display,” said David Zalesiak, Tri-State fire marshal and public education officer.
Tri-State crews will demonstrate an automobile extrication and an emergency helicopter landing during the open house, set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the station at 6301 Western Ave. in Willowbrook.
“We will have a bounce house for the kids,” Zalesiak said, along with ice cream, food and drinks for all.
Zalesiak said the open house typically attracts between 700 and 1,000 guests.
“It is to show the people what we are capable of doing,” Zalesiak said.
Part of the event will show visitors what they can do, too. They can protect their children by getting fingerprint ID cards and reach out to help a stranger by donating blood at the open house’s blood drive.
Tri-State’s open house just happens to fall on the same day as a similar event at the Burr Ridge Police Department.
“I think there will be plenty of time to visit both,” said Burr Ridge officer Angie Zucchero.
Members of the Burr Ridge Police Department will offer tours of the police station at 7700 S. County Line Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free ice cream and popcorn will be served as visitors become familiar with not only the police department, but other service organizations, as well.
The Burr Ridge Veterans Memorial Committee, Nicor, Farmer’s Insurance and Constance Morris House domestic violence shelter are among the booths that will be set up inside the police station.
“It is domestic violence month,” Zucchero said.
Outside, Pleasantview Fire Protection District will have equipment on display.
“People can meet law enforcement and fire personnel,” Zucchero said.
Protecting the public is what local police and fire departments are all about, and part of that job is educating the public to protect themselves.
Zucchero and Zalesiak said their respective events will provide guests with information they need to stay safe and healthy, and where to find help if needed.~.