Fun at the Pleasantview firehouse
Chief Kevin Doyle talks about the benefits of having a sprinkler system in your house/building as the side-by-side burn takes place. | Steve Johnston~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 19, 2012 2:37PM
LAGRANGE HIGHLANDS — There was plenty of fun to be had Saturday at Pleasantview Fire Protection District’s annual Safety Day.
Pleasantview observed National Fire Protection Month with activities that included firefighting demonstrations, an automobile extrication and the chance to ride on a fire engine.
Chief Kevin Doyle said the side-by-side burn is always a highlight of the annual open house. Firefighters construct two identically furnished rooms and equip one with a sprinkler system.
“We start a fire in both rooms to show the crowd the effectiveness of residential fire sprinklers,” Doyle said.
Doyle said an estimated 99 percent of area homes are not equipped with sprinklers, but Saturday’s demonstration might convince some homeowners to make the investment.
Mother Nature provided a sprinkler system of her own Saturday, but the rain didn’t keep the crowds away. Along with fire engine rides and tours of the station, children were invited to slide down a fire pole and even to test their own firefighting skills in the Combat Challenge.