Lake Bluff’s Public Safety Open House, where youngsters can climb aboard fire trucks, sit in a police squad car and, as an added attraction this year, get a close-up look at public works vehicles, really isn’t just for kids.
“It’s a good opportunity to meet police officers, firefighters and public works employees in a laid-back, non-emergency setting,” Police Chief David Belmonte said. “We hope to get a great turnout.”
This year, the City of Glenview 911 dispatch team will have a simulator on hand so residents can try out the outsourced service that is scheduled to go live in the village and in Lake Forest on Sept. 8.
In addition, the police department will offer finger printing, information on traffic laws, driver’s licenses and important points for senior citizens on medical assistance.
Begun several years ago by the Lake Bluff Fire Department, this year the annual event has grown to include the Public Works Department and a collection of its service vehicles.
“This fun event not only allows the village to spotlight its public safety departments and the valuable services they provide, but also provides an opportunity this year to highlight the value and importance of the services provided by the Public Works Department,” Village Administrator Drew Irvin said.
Not-to-be-missed popular highlights of the annual event include a Flight for Life helicopter landing at nearby Artesian Park, 10 E. Sheridan Place, and a live fire demonstration, hands-on auto extrication demonstration, children’s fire pole and obstacle course run by the village’s fire department. Important fire prevention materials will be available to take home.
The Public Safety Open House is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, in downtown Lake Bluff at the Public Safety Building, located at 45 E. Center Ave.
Food and refreshments and the Flight for Life demonstration will be provided by the Metropolitan Emergency Support Service, a volunteer-run organization that provides support to on-scene emergency personnel.
For more information about the event, call Fire Department Executive Assistant Nancy Gusterine at 847-234-5158.
Lake Bluff Public Safety Open House
Where: Downtown Lake Bluff and Artesian Park
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23
New this year: Glenview 911 dispatch simulator and public works department vehicles
Annual highlights: Flight for Life helicopter landing, fire and auto extrication demos
For information: Call Nancy Gusterine at 847-234-5158.