|Radnor Fire Company and Berwyn Fire Company Join Forces for Main Line Fire Prevention Expo at the Devon Horse Show|
|October 8, 2018|
The Fire Companies Present Live Fire Demonstrations, Car Rescue Demonstrations, Medical Helicopter Landing and Kids’ Activities for National Fire Prevention Week
Wayne, PA— October 8, 2018— Radnor Fire Company and Berwyn Fire Company are partnering to host a fire prevention expo for families and area residents recognizing National Fire Prevention Week (NFPW) on Saturday October 13, from 3 to 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair in Devon, Pa.
“Homes are where people are at greatest risk from fire which is why we’re emphasizing that people of all ages learn fire safety,” says Berwyn Fire Chief Eamon C. Brazunas. “Between our two fire companies, we respond to more than 1,600 fire and rescue calls and over 4,300 medical calls per year in this area. We want to let people know that we’re here for them, but also give them the tools they need to prevent a fire in the first place.”
Beyond safety tips, the expo will have antique fire engine rides, face painting, a firehouse moon bounce and giveaways for kids that include fire hats and draw string back packs as well as fire prevention packs which includes magnets, a wall banner, kids’ activity posters, bags with an assortment of goodies and an entertaining newsletter loaded with safety facts, statistics and life-saving strategies from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Radnor Fire Company’s Auxiliary will be selling hot dogs, pretzels and drinks throughout the event.
The Main Line Fire Prevention Expo is a day of learning and fun, but also a day to thank local fire departments for their dedicated work ensuring the safety of the community. The partnership between the two fire houses is a result of mutual aid when responding to calls in the area. In addition to Radnor and Berwyn, fire companies and emergency management and police officers from neighboring jurisdictions will be attending with fire and emergency equipment.
“Our partnership with Berwyn Fire Company for this fire prevention expo allows us to bring more safety resources to the Main Line families we serve,” says Radnor Fire Chief, Joseph R. Maguire. “Our two companies provide mutual aid to each other throughout Radnor and Tredyffrin & Easttown Townships. We are excited to demonstrate what volunteer firefighters do every day while bringing people the knowledge and awareness needed in emergency situations.”
There is a misconception that fire companies are self-sustaining, but in reality, they need the support of the community as much as the community needs their life-saving services. Seventy percent of the country’s firefighters are volunteer and while both Berwyn and Radnor are staffed with a cadre of full-time and part-time staff, there is a great need for volunteer firefighters, EMS providers, and business members. Emergency calls have tripled but according to the NFPA, the number of volunteer firefighters have been decreasing since the mid-1980s. Firefighters and EMS volunteers will be on hand to help attendees to learn about the dedication and incredible teamwork they show as well as the pride and accomplishment they feel from volunteering.
For more information about volunteering at either the Radnor Fire Company or Berwyn Fire Company, visit the departments’ websites and attend the event to speak with active volunteers.