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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Families gathered Saturday at Pleasant Prairie Fire Station No. 1 to participate in the annual Prairie Safety Day, a free event allowing the public to look inside fire trucks, to meet firefighters and learn more about fire safety.

Safety Day took place before Fire Prevention Month, which takes place in October.

Fire and Rescue Chief Craig Roepke said the event was a good opportunity for the fire department to show residents what it does and the resources it offers, as well as share information. on safety and fire prevention.

The event included fire trucks and other emergency vehicles on display, a bouncy house for kids, a Pleasant Prairie Police Department K9 demonstration, a rescue helicopter landing, free food and more. Again.

“The big draw is the helicopter,” Roepke said.

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At around 11:30 a.m., resident Lisa Roberts lined up with her grandson for the chance to spray a fire hose with a few fire department staff. Roberts said her son had worked as a firefighter with the Pleasant Prairie Fire Department for more than 10 years, which was part of what brought her to the event.

“(This event) is great fun and I love supporting the community,” Roberts said.

“It brings the community together,” she said. “It’s great for the kids to be able to interact with our firefighters.”

Johnson arrived early and brought her 2-year-old son with her.

“He loves it all,” Johnson said with a smile.

In addition to personnel from the Pleasant Prairie Fire Department and Police Department, other safety partners were on hand to speak to families and provide safety information, including representatives from the Kenosha County, Froedtert South, Aurora Health and others.

Froedtert’s David Piccolo said the hospital likes to attend events like Prairie Safety Day for the chance to connect with the community and provide relevant safety information to parents. On Saturday, for example, Froedtert representatives provided information on football helmet use for children as this year’s football season kicks off.

“We like having a strong presence in the community,” Piccolo said.

Aaron Langrie of the Kenosha County Specialized Response Team walked around the grounds of the event dressed in a hazmat suit, taking photos with the kids and letting parents know what their team is up to .

“We want to promote what we do here,” Langrie said.

At a dessert table, Charlotte Carver and Donna Franke of the Pleasant Prairie Women’s Club handed out cookies and other pastries to guests. Carver said the Women’s Club attends the event every year. She commended the fire department and police department for their service to the Pleasant Prairie community.

“Whenever they’re needed, they’re there,” Carver said.

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