By Stephen Wagner
Saturday, October 19, 2013 the Prairie Township Fire Protection District hosted an open house for those they serve in the district. The event was very well attended with displays and presentations for different age groups. Well over two hundred attended.
PTFPD is located at Milton Thompson Road and Langsford Road and the district serves residents between Leeís Summit and Lake Lotawana and extends south of US 50 protecting land that was part of the Lake Lotawana annexation. Their district covers 32 square miles and also includes portions of Blue Springs (north of Colburn Road) and other unincorporated areas of Jackson County.
The kids got a real treat. The Dalmatian Jump seemed to always have a line. Without a doubt, one of the most popular attractions was a Bell Ringer Game. Kids would take a booster line (with the pressure turned down of course) and aim the water stream at a wheel. If they hit it, the wheel would spin and ring a suspended bell, nice and loud. It was immensely popular for participants and spectators alike.
Offered for attendees was information on home fire protection and safety. There were coloring books for kids (http://www.ptfd.us/Kids.html) and adult oriented materials as well.
Plan and practice are two important concepts in surviving a home fire. Take the time to think about how you would leave the home depending on where the fire threat might be and then practice or review regularly.
The highlight for many attendees was the arrival of LifeFlight Eagle at the rear of the building. After circling the intersection twice, they approached from the north and landed just behind the fire building. Kids and grownups were allowed a close up look at the interior of helicopter passing through the patient care area in the center of the aircraft. The crew answered many questions.
LifeFlight Eagle serves the area within a 150 mile radius of Kansas City. It is a community service project sponsored by Childrenís Mercy Hospital, Saint Joseph Health Center, and Saint Lukeís Hospital as well as numerous corporate sponsors. ( http://www.lifeflighteagle.org/ )
Blue Springs Police also presented their response unit 323 showing the wide variety of equipment that they carry.
The Smoke Trailer was also on scene, offering kids a realistic experience of what it is like being inside a building fire. Presented as a fun and exciting exhibit, it actually helps kids by providing a desensitizing, safe experience to being in a smoke filled home.
PTFPD proudly displayed their equipment which is all maintained in excellent condition. The District has constant training for its members and has specialized training in a burn building (that they build) and vehicle extrication and fires.
Chief Larry Robinson leads the District of both firefighters and paramedics. The District also performs services for its community such as: fire safety education, smoke detector inspection, lock out service, carbon monoxide detector assistance, fire safety inspections as well was blood pressure and blood sugar checks (wellness checks only-if you feel ill dial 911 and the District will respond immediately.
If you missed this excellent display and information, call the non-emergency number at (816) 525-4200 for further information.
And donít forget to change your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries on Sunday November 3rd when you change your clocks back and get that extra hour sleep.