Longwood Fire Co. holds annual open house

This article can be found published on The Kennett Paper‘s website and the Avon Grove Sun‘s website.
Nick Smalley, 2, explores the ambulance in his firefighter's costume at Longwood Fire Company's open house Oct. 20. (Candice Monhollan)

Nick Smalley, 2, explores the ambulance in his firefighter’s costume at Longwood Fire Company’s open house Oct. 20. (Candice Monhollan)

KENNETT – Emergency vehicles were out of the building and lined along the parking lot of Longwood Fire Company for their annual open house where the community was invited to meet the local firefighters and learn some tips on fire prevention Oct. 20.

It’s an event that covers two things,” said Fire Chief AJ McCarthy. “We allow the community to come inside and see what we are and the services that we provide for them and we educate people how to prevent fires and home safety. It allows people to see what the neighbors that run with the fire company are doing to help them.”

All the vehicles, from ambulances to fire trucks, were on display for visitors to hop in and explore as part of the event.

The equipment was shown and demonstrated so visitors could see firsthand how they operate.

“We had the vehicle extrication, which with Route 1 and a lot of the other highways in the area, we do a lot of extricating people from cars,” McCarthy said. “It can be a little scary if you’re the unfortunate person who is in the vehicle, so we try to show people the techniques and the skills it takes to do that kind of operation.”

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A van donated from To-Jo Mushrooms had its entire top was taken off during an extrication drill, which is also good training for the firefighters, McCarthy said.

“The only way we can practice is on actual vehicles, so we’re pretty fortunate that we have a lot of people helping us out to get these cars,” McCarthy said.

Also on display was a smoke house borrowed from Kennett Fire Company. The trailer is open for visitors to go through a learn how to handle a situation of a room filled with smoke.

The turnout has always been good for the open house, organizers said, and the weather couldn’t have been better this year for the event.

“We have a pretty steady crowd the whole four hours we’re out here,” McCarthy said. “This allows them to see where some of their contributions [and] what they go towards. It hopefully lets them understand the services they’re getting.”

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