Tonawanda News — "The more people you have at an event, the more opportunities I have to spread the word about fire prevention," he said. "Traditionally we do our own open house at the fire department. We put a lot of work into it. And depending on whether there is a Bills game or not, or what the weather is ... the turnout varies.
"You have to make things new, change things up. I want to expose this to the largest segment of the public I can, and piggybacking with this is a way to do that."
The department will present many of the usual events from its open house, including fire extinguisher training, a fire safety area with information and tips about planning fire escape drills in the home, an appearance by the underwater dive rescue team, carbon monoxide detector information, a car-wreck demonstration including the Jaws of Life at 12:30 p.m. and fire truck tours and basket lifts throughout the day.
"We're going to have representatives from the volunteer companies in our department there, to get them some exposure," Croop said. "A lot of people in our community probably don't know how our department works. This will give them a better understanding.
"It will allow us to get our information out and hopefully pass our safety message on to the adults and kids in the community."
In addition to the fire department, other local organizations will set up information booths and present demonstrations. A dog agility show will take place at 11:30 a.m., with a K-9 Unit demonstration at 2 p.m.
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be on present for those who wish to donate blood, while the North Tonawanda Interchurch Food Pantry will host a coat and food drive. Those attending the festival can bring a coat and/or non-perishable food items in exchange for free game tickets.