The Clark County Fire Department is hosting a community open house on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 19, located at 5575 Spencer St. near Russell Road. The focus of February's open house is heart health and emergency medical services.
"Our Fire Department open houses are fun and educational for the whole family," said Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson, whose Commission District G includes Fire Station 19. "We encourage our residents to come by and see the fire station and equipment, and learn about safety from the firefighters who serve your neighborhood."
February's open house will feature "jaws of life" demonstrations to show equipment used to remove victims from car crashes. Community Ambulance will be on hand to 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 Fire Chief Greg Cassell. "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 14 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 a 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.