By: David DiPino Contributing Writer
On a recent cloudless Saturday afternoon, Delray Beach Fire Rescue Station 112, 35 Andrews Ave., hosted a Public Safety Day open house event where residents had the chance to meet the firefighters and children could see the fire trucks, squirt a fire hose, participate in a kid’s firefighter obstacle course and meet Sparky the Fire Dog.
At the fire station open house event, Delray Beach Police Chief Jeff Goldman and his dedicated officers met with city residents and their kids, gave tours of the impressive Delray Beach Police Department (DBPD) SWAT Truck and DBPD Rescue Vehicle and gave a jaw-dropping, eye-opening, amazing SWAT team display where an officer repelled down four stories from the top of the fire station building and demonstrated rescue tactics including at one point from upside down two stories up to the ooh and ahs of children and their families.
Delray Beach Ocean Rescue set-up an educational display with beach warning flag designations, information on what to do if you get stuck in rip currents and had one of their rescue paddle boards on display leaning up against the familiar Delray Beach Ocean Rescue Truck. The Delray Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Lilian Gallego, CERT Representative, and K. Thompson, DBFR, CERT Instructor, talked with residents about their program and upcoming classes and graduation.
Delray Medical Center had four employees on-site at the fire station open house event to greet residents with giveaways.
Delray Beach Firefighters grilled hot dogs for the residents and their kids.
West Boca High School Medical Program students demonstrated hands-on-CPR at the event on mannequins from the torso up spread across the fire station.
“We came out to educate the public on the proper techniques to perform hands-only CPR for witnessed sudden collapse. My goal is to become an EMT locally. Right now I’m on that track to become a firefighter/paramedic by next year,” said C.J. Rubino, 17, high school student.