Explore the contrast between vintage firefighting equipment from prior generations and today’s state-of-the-art fire service operations Saturday, September 9th, when the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District welcomes community members to a combined Antique Fire Truck Show and Open House at Fire Station #1 (22222 North Pepper Road, Lake Barrington).
The open house will take place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., with the antique truck display available until 1 p.m. Admission is free for family members of all ages.
This year’s event will feature:
- Antique fire truck displays View historic fire engines and vintage apparatus that served multiple generations. Guests may cast votes for the “People’s Choice” award presented at show’s end.
- Fire station tours Explore the inner-workings of a modern fire station and catch a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse of BCFPD operations.
- Touch-a-Truck Climb aboard advanced BCFPD fire engines and other public safety vehicles that serve area residents every day.
- Firefighter ‘meet & greet’ Mingle with BCFPD firefighters, who will prepare free hot dogs and refreshments for attendees.
- Emergency dispatch services overview Learn about emergency dispatch services from Northwest Central Dispatch representatives, who will be on hand to pass out information.
- Local business booths Visit informational booths staffed by local merchants.
Meanwhile, children will be able to imagine themselves as firefighters, and test their firefighting skills, at the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance’s “safety house.”
“This year’s antique fire truck show and open house is an opportunity to share a bit of the fire service’s storied history with our residents, and offer an overview of today’s technologically-advanced public safety operations,” BCFPD Fire Chief Jim Kreher explained. “We look forward to welcoming residents to our fire house and showcasing the wide range of services we provide.”
About the BCFPD
Established in 1940, the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District serves portions of Barrington Hills, South Barrington, Lake Barrington and Inverness; and portions of unincorporated Cook, Lake, and McHenry Counties. BCFPD services are strengthened through a series of automatic aid agreements and partnerships with 12 surrounding fire departments and fire districts.
The Board of Trustees meets the third Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., at the District’s Lake Barrington headquarters, 22222 N. Pepper Road. Visit www.bcfpd.org or call 224-848-4800 to learn more.