Naperville police and firefighters are inviting residents to attend their annual “Public Safety Open House.”
Special events are slated for 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the city’s main public safety campus, at 1380 Aurora Ave.
The open house features “a variety of activities for all ages,” according to a city news release. Residents can utilize or participate in a fingerprinting station, fire extinguisher training, a forensics booth and a kids’ firefighter and police challenge, and watch a technical rescue team demonstration.
There also will be “plenty of fire and crime prevention information, as well as police and fire equipment and vehicle displays,” the release stated. Special appearances will also be made by Sparky the Fire Dog and McGruff the Crime Dog.
New to this year’s open house is the historic, 1924 Ahrens-Fox. “The Fox, Naperville’s second piece of motorized fire apparatus, has been fully restored” and will be on display, according to the release.
“Firefighters will demonstrate the ‘Joe Naper’, Naperville’s first hand pumper. Also new will be live demonstrations showcasing the talents of the police K-9 unit.”
“At noon, the Lifestar I helicopter will be landing and taking part in an educational demonstration recreating a vehicle crash with an intoxicated driver.” Residents can watch as firefighters and police officers “perform an auto extraction and field sobriety tests leading to a DUI arrest.”
Further information about public safety education programs can be found at www.naperville.il.us. E-mail can also be sent to Soraya McLaughlin at the fire department, at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Julie Smith at the police department, at email@example.com.