On Sunday, Oct. 18, the Big Walnut Joint Fire District held our annual Fire Prevention Open House in Marengo. Many of our residents came out to spend the day with their local firefighters.
The day was filled with many exciting things for the whole family to experience. Morrow County Sheriffs’ Deputy Newsome and his K9 partner Dixie gave a 10 minute demonstration and discussion on how K9’s work, find drugs and how the dogs are trained. Dixie demonstrated her skills by quickly and successfully locating the hidden paraphernalia. Parents and children got the option to learn to properly use a fire extinguisher with our new fire extinguisher trainer demonstration.
Some other demonstrations included Surrey, the Mount Gilead Fire Safety and Smoke House, a tent from Liberty Township FD in Powell, where residence experienced the use of a thermal imaging camera that allows firefighters to see through smoke to find victims trapped in a fire, Ohio State Highway Patrol DUI Goggles that gives the illusion and dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and BWJFD Firefighters showed off their skills on how they extricate a trapped victim in the wreckage of a motor vehicle accident.
The Med Flight helicopter flew in for a visit and allowed the public to climb into the unit to see how they work on an emergency run. Along with a chili cook off, there was plenty of good food and drinks for everyone.
The Big Walnut Joint Fire District would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the Mount Gilead Fire Dept, Liberty Township Fire Department, MedFlight, Morrow County Sheriffs’ Office, Morrow County Health Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol along with all of our residence that came out to make our Open House a successful one.
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Submitted by BWJFD Firefighter Rocki Huddleston.