Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lebanon Fire District Preps For "Community Appreciation Day"


News Release from Lebanon Fire District
Posted on FlashAlert: May 10th, 2017 2:26 PM
The Lebanon Fire District is putting the finishing touches on plans for their annual Community Appreciation Day being held on Saturday May 20th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is the second year that the event will be held at its new home of Lebanon's Cheadle Lake Park, directly across the street from fire station 34, and it will be the biggest event yet according to organizers.
The event is being billed as an opportunity for the whole family to see, do, learn and give. LFD apparatus and equipment will be on display alongside a number of other public safety and community agencies.
"This year we have so many activities lined up for people to participate in, not to mention all the local community agencies who will be there to display their services and hand out materials." said LFD Division Chief Jason Bolen. "We'll have the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District ladder truck here, the Albany Fire Department is bringing the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Regional HAZMAT Team trailer, Oregon State Police will have a large display, the Lebanon Police Department will be here to distribute bike helmets to kids who need one, the Linn County Sheriff's Office will be here with their K-9; there's just going to be a lot of things to see and experience!"
There are two helicopter landings scheduled at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm and visitors can see both the REACH and Life Flight helicopters up close and personal. The Oregon National Guard will be on hand with a vehicle and equipment display, as will the Oregon Department of Forestry. Kids can also participate in a Junior Firefighter Challenge which mimics the activities of real firefighters. There will be two challenge courses set up: One for pre-school through 1st grade and another for 2nd grade and older. Home Depot will provide a building activity workshop for kids at the event and booths will also feature face painting and snow cones for little ones.
Several local service organizations will also be at the event to hand out materials and provide information about the services they provide. These include the American Red Cross, the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam, the Lebanon Masonic Lodge, and the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce who will have free Lebanon info and be selling wristbands for the upcoming Lebanon Strawberry Festival Carnival.
There will be opportunities to learn some valuable hands-on skills at this year's event too. Hands-only CPR and Automated External Defibrillator drop-in trainings will be held at the top of each hour from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and a fire extinguisher training course will be held at the bottom of each hour from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm utilizing the fire district's live fire training prop.
In addition to the new CPR and fire extinguisher classes there are a few other things making their debut at this year's event. The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be on hand for those wishing to give blood. Donors can schedule an appointment online with the Red Cross or just walk up to the Bloodmobile and make their donation. There will also be a number of food vendors on hand including the Toxic Wings and Fries food cart from Eugene and Lebanon's own Stick A Pork In It. Bolen says he hopes the festival-style environment encourages families to come early and enjoy the entire event from start to finish.
"We think it's important to demonstrate to our community all of the services that we can offer them." Bolen said. "If we can provide our kids and adults with a life-saving skill while they have a great time with their friends and family, then we think that's a winning combination."
The highlight of the day for kids always seems to be the fire engine rides. The line forms pretty early in the day and multiple fire engines take kids on a loop around the area with a little siren and lights thrown in to make the experience complete.
"Our community is just so supportive of us, and we love putting on this event for them to say thank you for supporting what we do." Bolen stated. "This day celebrates our entire organization and the fantastic community partners that we work with daily. We love serving our community, and this is a great way to show it!".
There is no charge for the Community Appreciation Day and parking at the Cheadle Lake Park Festival Site is also free. The Lebanon Fire District Community Appreciation Day is on Saturday May 20th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm across the street from 4000 Weirich Drive in Lebanon.
***Local media agencies are invited and encouraged to attend this event for story opportunities. LFD would request all media representatives contact Division Chief Jason Bolen (; 541-619-6193) for information or special requests***
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