The Clark County Fire Department and community partners will host an open house from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Fire Station 21, 5015 W. Oquendo Road, 891118, near Russell Road and Decatur Boulevard. The focus of February's open house is heart health and emergency medical services.
"Our Fire Department's open houses are excellent opportunities to interact with your neighborhood first responders and to learn more about the services they provide," said Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft, whose Commission District A includes Fire Station 21. "We encourage residents to come out with their kids to meet our firefighters and learn important safety information for the whole family."
Station 21 is home to the fire department's technical rescue team, which provides highly trained personnel and equipment for high angle rescues, confined space, trenches, structural collapse, swift water and complex vehicle or machine incidents. Equipment demonstrations will be under way during the open house including "jaws of life" demonstrations to show how victims are removed from car crashes. Additionally, representatives from Community Ambulance will demonstrate how to perform hands-only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) chest compressions on a person whose heart has stopped beating. No CPR certificates will be issued.
"Knowing how to do hands-only CPR can save lives in an emergency," said Clark County Deputy Fire Chief John Steinbeck. "We hope the demonstrations will inspire people to take a CPR or first aide class."
Educational materials from the American Heart Association will be on hand. There also will be a children's fishing derby, and tours of the fire station, vehicles, and the Department of Building and Fire Prevention's safety house. Scheduled partners include Nevada Child Seekers, Car Seats for Christy, Clark County' Office of Emergency Management and its Business License Department, Health Plan of Nevada, Southwest Gas, Clark County Department of Family Services, Trauma Intervention Program, Amerigroup, UNLV School of Dental Medicine, Nevada Senior Medical Patrol, Immunize Nevada, Metro volunteers with McGruff the crime dog, and the Fire Department's popular "Captain-B-Safe" inflatable firefighter character.
The next open house will be held on Saturday, April 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Fire Station 20, 5865 Judson St., near Nellis and East Lake Mead Boulevard. A pancake breakfast is part of the event, and drowning prevention will be the theme. Accommodations For Persons With Disabilities: Fire Department open houses are accessible. Citizens requiring an accommodation should notify the Department of specific needs at least five days prior to the date of the events by contacting Kelly Foster at (702) 455-7327.