Annual Fire Prevention Open House and Poster Contest
 
By Photographer Frank Di Pentima (Photo Credits to Ex Chief Robert Knapp, Jr.)
October 9, 2017
 

On Monday, October 9th the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department hosted our annual Fire Prevention Open House. Members of our community were invited to attend this special event to learn more about fire prevention with this year’s campaign being – Every Second Counts Plan 2 Ways Out. The event is organized, managed and coordinated each year by Assistant Chief Vincent Dies.

One of the cornerstones of the event was the announcement of our Fire Prevention poster winners who also received a Plaque honoring their selection. Children from our three Elementary Schools from Kindergarten to 4th Grade submitted posters depicting Fire Prevention ideas. One winner from each school for each grade were selected as the winner on the contest with 15 winners in all being chosen among the hundreds of posters received for the contest.

Parents and Children were also able to see demonstrations from the OVFD on how we use certain pieces of equipment, such as the Jaws for Life, kids were able to use fire hoses on our fire prevention house to put out faux fires and parents and children were able to walk through the Smoke House trailer, courtesy of the HoHoKus Fire Department, to see firsthand what it is like when a home fills up with smoke and learn the best ways to exit that home safely and quickly.

Fire Prevention night also had members of the Oakland First Aid Squad and Oakland Police Departments in attendance who demonstrated their equipment and gave tours of an ambulance and police car.

Thank You to All who participated in helping to make this year’s event a great success. And a special Thank You to Thomas "Chopper" Russo who donated the hotdogs that were served by Fireman Dan D'Elia and his crew.

 
Assistant Chief Gary Walker leads the Fire Prevention festivities
Assistant Chief Gary Walker leads the Fire Prevention festivities
Assistant Chief Gary Walker with some of the poster contest winners
Assistant Chief Gary Walker with some of the poster contest winners
 
Assistant Chief Gary Walker with some of the poster contest winners
Assistant Chief Gary Walker with some of the poster contest winners
Assistant Chief Gary Walker with some of the poster contest winners
Assistant Chief Gary Walker with some of the poster contest winners
 
 
 
Councilman John Biale attended the Open House
Councilman John Biale attended the Open House
 
OVFD Members demonstrating how certain tools help with car extractions
OVFD Members demonstrating how certain tools help with car extractions
 
 
A son watching intently while sitting on dad's shoulders
A son watching intently while sitting on dad's shoulders
 
 
Co 1 Captain Lew Thurston and fireman Jeff Pereira and Junior Gary Greulich visit Dogwood School for Fire Prevention Week.
Co 1 Captain Lew Thurston and fireman Jeff Pereira and Junior Gary Greulich visit Dogwood School for Fire Prevention Week.
Fireman Tim DeBlock shows his son how to use the fire hose
Fireman Tim DeBlock shows his son how to use the fire hose
 
Come on dad - let me try ...
Come on dad - let me try ...