The community turned out in force on Sunday, Oct. 3, for the Annual Purcellville Safety Center Open House, hosted by the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company (PVFC Co. 2), and the Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad (PVRS Co. 14). This was also the start of Fire Prevention Week.
On display were fire fighting apparatus and rescue equipment for residents to get a close up view of the important safety equipment that is housed at the center and available to respond to emergency calls in the community. Volunteers from both companies, along with personnel from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, were available to explain the equipment and how the trucks and tools are used. PVFC and PVRS are both part of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue system, which is made up of volunteers and career personnel throughout the county.
Demonstrations on the proper use of fire extinguishers, escaping a room in an emergency, and a 911 simulator were available in addition to other life and property saving techniques.
Residents young and not so young had the opportunity to ride in a fire engine through town. This was one of the more popular events and drew scores of people.
Sparky the Fire Dog made an appearance and posed for pictures with the younger crowd. And INOVA’s Medivac helicopter flew to the station and landed in a nearby field for everyone to get a closeup view of this very important life saving piece of equipment available in the county.
The members of PVFC and PVRS thanks the community for attending the open house this year and for showing your support of our companies throughout the year.
Here is an album of the day’s activities.