Hundreds of residents and out-of-town guests attended Safety Day on Sat., June 23, hosted and funded by the Hazelwood Firefighters’ Community Outreach Program. The event was held at Hazelwood’s Firehouse #2, located next to Howdershell Park, from 11 am to 4 pm.
Residents were able to meet the Firefighter/Paramedics who service their area with fire protection and EMS calls. They also got to see the City’s fire trucks and ambulance on display, which showcased the City’s readiness for responding to emergencies. The aerial ladder of one of the fire trucks was used to hang a giant American flag in front of Firehouse #2 during the event.
There were plenty of activities for the kids and adults to enjoy for the entire time. Representatives from the following healthcare organizations and local groups were able to answer people’s questions and give out literature and promotional items: SSM Health DePaul Medical Center; Mercy Medical Center; SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital; HFD’s STARS Program; NCADA; American Red Cross; ServPro; Bringing Families Together; HPD Police Volunteers Unit; Hazelwood West High School Cheerleaders; and Hazelwood Firefighters’ Community Outreach Program. In addition, Equity Missouri Properties gave away free smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, batteries and St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball tickets.
Fun things for the kids included an obstacle course, a helicopter landing and a visit from St. Louis Cardinals’ popular mascot, Fredbird. The event also featured Cindy’s petting zoo, pony rides, a bounce house, Sparky the Fire Dog and a balloon artist who created everything from hats to aliens to swords. Plus, Hazelwood Firefighters demonstrated how they can cut up and peel back parts of a vehicle in order to rescue an injured crash victim.
The Firefighters also provided free food and beverages to everyone. They cooked over 400 hot dogs, which were gone by the end of the day, and offered potato chips and bottles of water.
Event organizers were pleased with the turnout and plan to host it again next year.