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Fall Festival offers family-fun, education
October 9, 2019

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Lehigh Acres Fire Rescue District and Veterans Park Recreation Center will host a free, family-friendly Fall Festival. The annual festival is part of Lehigh Acres Fire Prevention Day and will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., inside the park at 55 Homestead Road, S., in Lehigh Acres.

This is the second year that the Lehigh Acres Fire District and Veterans Park Recreation Center have teamed up to bring this event to the community. Attendees can enjoy educational exhibits and demonstrations, and plenty of games and contests suitable for the entire family.

"This is a good chance for the public to meet with not just the firefighters who will be out there, but also some of our administration staff, the majority of them who work from behind the scenes every day. Our chief, our fire marshals, the people that not everybody from the public gets a chance to meet in the case of an emergency. They love to work with the community," Administration Assistant Janis Williams said.

The administration staff looks forward to this time to get together and serve the public.

"Your firefighters are your hands-on in the community. While our admin team provides support to the community in ways that they may not see. Providing ambulance billing advice. That friendly face behind the voice when you call that admin number. The people that work on smoke detector trouble-shooting, or that call that says my cat is stuck in the tree," Williams said. "These are the people that you may not meet day to day, but they're out there serving the public. So we are super excited about it. This is the whole team that loves to give back to the community."

According to Williams, exhibits will include: aerial, brush trucks and an ambulance on display; extrication demonstrations; Florida Forest Service; blood pressure checks; Big Red Bus/One Blood; DUI simulators; martial arts demonstration; fire hose demonstration; a bunker gear change station; concussion goggles and Marshal from Paw Patrol.

"We will have a One Blood bus on-site for anyone who would like to donate blood. Each person who donates will receive a shirt," Williams said.

Each year, the bunker gear change station and extrication demonstrations remain favorites among attendees.

During the extrication demonstration, firefighters demonstrate for the citizens how they take apart a car to save people's lives. Fire crews show onlookers how they utilize equipment including hydraulic spreaders and cutters to quickly free patients from vehicles.

Other activities include a kids Halloween costume contest, which begins at 1 p.m. There will also be hot dogs, candy, games and prizes available throughout the day and a photo station to capture that special moment.

The Veterans Park Recreation Center is at 55 Homestead Road, S., Lehigh Acres.

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