Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company is hosting an open house on Sunday, May 1, from noon to 3:00pm.
The station’s fire and rescue apparatus will be on display and there will be kids’ activities and food. Company members will showcase specialized hydraulic rescue equipment used to rescue people trapped in car accidents and building collapses. Crews will use the powerful tools, known as the “jaws of life,” on donated crashed cars. The tools, capable of slicing through a car’s frame in seconds, will be demonstrated by cutting open the cars’ doors and removing the roofs.
There will also be educational activities for kids to learn about home fire safety, and an opportunity to squirt a hose at a target.
“Over the last two years, the pandemic dramatically reduced our ability to engage with our community,” said Dave Crawford, chief of Earleigh Heights VFC. “We’re excited to be able to hold this event and share what we do with the people and communities who support us.”
Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company is part of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department’s combination of full-time and volunteer firefighters.
“It’s a busy station and really serves our community,” Crawford said.
Last year, fire crews responded to more than 3,000 fire and medical calls and the station’s full-time paramedic crews responded more than 3,500 times.
“Our equipment is on the road a lot, assisting the nearby public and supporting other stations throughout central Anne Arundel County,” Crawford said. “We have some of the best apparatus in the county - and we’re constantly upgrading. We expect to introduce our new heavy rescue squad at the open house. It’s currently under construction in Colorado and scheduled to arrive that afternoon. We invite our community to visit the station and see our interesting tools of the trade up close on May 1.”
The open house is an outdoor event and there is no rain date. For more information about the open house and the fire company, visit www.ehvfc.org.
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