entertainment and education at the Illinois Fire and
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[AUG. 8, 2003]
SPRINGFIELD -- There is always something fun, exciting,
entertaining and educational to see at the Illinois Fire and Life
Safety Tent at the Illinois State Fair, which runs Aug. 8-17 in
Springfield. The tent is open each day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visitors can come and
see firefighters perform rope rescue demonstrations from aerial
ladders, watch how firefighters use the Jaws of Life to cut away
mangled-up vehicles during the auto extrication demonstrations, and
see E.D.I.T.H. the clown get frazzled and dazzled in the fire safety
dating game. Thanks to all the firefighters throughout Illinois,
there are so many things to see and do this year at the Fire and
Life Safety Tent.
Children can dunk a
firefighter at the Risk Watch® dunk
tank, practice the P.A.S.S. system with pretend fire extinguishers
and learn how to safely escape a fire in the home at the Children's
Fire Safety Trailer. Inside the tent, children can get their faces
painted as they learn how to "stop, drop and roll" or become a
contestant in "Game Show Jeopardy."
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Parents and seniors
can cool off and get their blood pressure checked while the rest of
the family takes a step back in time to see antique fire service
memorabilia at the Illinois Fire Museum. The museum, located in a
fire station built in 1938, houses an authentic 1857 horse-drawn
hand pumper, complete with water buckets. The antique pumper is
parked next to a shiny brass fire pole once used by state
fairgrounds firefighters. A fully restored 1939 Diamond T Pumper,
donated by the Beardstown Fire Department, has also taken up
residence at the museum, along with a replica of the 1948 Ford used
by the old state fairgrounds fire department.
For more information or to arrange
special tours, please contact the Illinois state fire marshal's
public information office, (217) 785-1021.
Office of the Illinois State