West Chandler residents can become more familiar with the people and services of their local fire department—and at the same time better prepare themselves for emergencies—at a free open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18.
The event, part of Chandler Fire’s ongoing efforts to educate residents about its services, will be held at Chandler Fire Station No. 9, 211 N. Desert Breeze Boulevard West.
On the program will the department’s Emergency Medical Services unit, which trains paramedics and firefighters to provide emergency care.
Also, instruction on Hands-Only CPR will be available. According to Battalion Chief Tom Dwiggins, a spokesman for the event, the method has been shown to be as effective as “conventional” CPR in emergencies that occur at home, work or in public. Only two are needed, he says: Call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
Tours will be offered, and fire trucks and apparatus will be on display. Children can receive hands-on instruction on how to get out of a smoke-filled environment. Free balloons, popcorn and fire helmets will be available.
Throughout the event, Fire Department staff will be on hand to talk about the Crisis Response and Senior Volunteer programs, Fire Cadet program, and Community Emergency Response Teams.
Fire Station No. 9 is located just north of Chandler Boulevard between Rural and McClintock roads.
Information: 480-782-2120 or www.chandleraz.gov/fire.