Attendees at the fire department’s annual community day – schedule for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 – will be able to jump on inflatable castles, watch a simulated rescue scene in which someone is being pulled out of a wrecked vehicle, squirt water out of the fire hoses, and have a free hot dog meal.
Tingen has joked several times that the fathers often seem to enjoy taking a look inside the fire trucks more than their children do.
A Pelzer rescue truck and a Hazmat truck will be present.
Tingen said this will be the first year the fire department will hold the auto extrication demo, provided he can find a used car.
“What we’re going to do is have a bull horn and yell and scream while we cut up a car to see other people see what we’re doing and how we’re doing it,” he said. “It’s on the plan. The only hiccup is that we have to get a car. With scrap metal prices up, it’s hard to find a car.”
The children will be able to see the fire department’s 2010 Spartan EVI rescue truck, a vehicle that came with a $380,000 price tag. The is equipped with a 25kw PTO generator that will provide power to the 15’ retractable 9000 watt light tower, a hydraulic pump that will run three hydraulic rescue tools at once and a cascade air system that will allow the firefighters to refill more than 50 air cylinders while on scene.
About 300 people often attend the community day.
All of the fire department’s approximately 30 firefighters are volunteers.