Willowbrook firefighters gear up for open house

Willowbrook firefighters gear up for open house

Members of the Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department area gearing up for their second annual open house on June 23. (Photo: facebook.com/willowbrookvolunteerfiredepartment)

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a firefighter? Well, the Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department’s second annual Open House is your chance.

On Saturday, June 23 the department will open its doors to the public and let them try on gear, tour the hall, ride the fire trucks, try using the hoses and ask any questions they have about firefighting.

The event will also include raffles, a silent auction, a 50/50 draw, a bake sale, fire escape planning for homes and a kitchen fire and fire extinguisher demonstration.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of new gear and equipment for the department.

The highest priority this year is to purchase new SCBAs (self-contained breathing apparatuses) said Erin Iannella, the department’s Lieutenant and Training Officer.

“These are our lifelines in a fire situation and ours are outdated and falling apart.”

The average cost of a single unit is around $6,000 and the department needs to replace four this year and another four next year.

The current budget will only allow them to purchase two this year.

“We are a small community and we are doing our best to try to mitigate some of the cost to our tax payers,” Iannella said.

Currently, the department is looking for donations from local businesses for raffles and silent auctions.

Anyone interested in donating can contact Iannella at irelandiannella@gmail.com.

The open house is on June 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Deparment, located at 3395 Willowbrook Road.