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Fire Prevention Week: October 4-10, 2015

The Downers Grove Fire Department will be participating in the following events in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week.

Night at the Firehouse 

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Station 5, 6701 Main St. 

Take a station tour, see demonstrations of automobile extrication and rescue techniques, and get acquainted with the various uniforms and protective apparel worn by firefighters. Witness how quickly a fire can spread and the effectiveness of residential sprinklers in the side-by-side room demonstration. 

The fire safety trailer will be operating to help children practice escaping from fires and children can practice making 9-1-1 calls with the real Downers Grove emergency dispatchers. Plus, kids can take a slide down the fire pole! 

Learn what you need to do to keep your family prepared and safe in the event of natural disasters.  Parents can take advantage of visiting with the firefighters and learning how to keep their families safe from fire and other unintentional injuries common to children.  

21st Annual Silent Parade

Friday, October 9, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Fire Prevention Week events will conclude with the Silent Parade, which pays tribute to all those who have lost their lives to fire and features fire department vehicles from many surrounding villages. All vehicles will display lights only; no sirens will be sounded. This parade is a dedication to the firefighters and civilians who have lost their lives due to fires. 

The parade, originating in Hinsdale, proceeding west, and terminating at Route 53 in Lisle will feature department vehicles from several surrounding villages. The parade will be westbound on Maple Avenue up to Cumnor where they will turn north for about a half block, make a left (west) on Sheldon, and turn back south on Fairview Avenue. At that point the parade will proceed as usual westbound on Maple. In Downers Grove, people may assemble along Maple Avenue to view the parade and pay tribute by holding a flashlight as the cortege passes at approximately 7:15 p.m. 

The night will conclude with a memorial service and tribute to firefighters at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, just south of Route 53 and Maple Avenue at approximately 7:45 p.m. 

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