by Photo by Sarah Berjan

The Chula Vista Fire Department will be hosting its annual free Open House for Fire Prevention week where attendees can view live demonstrations, fire equipment displays, and fire prevention exhibits.

The free event takes place at Fire Station 5, located at 341 Orange Avenue, next to the South Chula Vista Library on Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s safety campaign is entitled “Fires don’t wait, plan your escape.”

Personnel with the Chula Vista Fire Prevention Safety Trailer will educate residents about basic home safety tips, creating and executing a plan before disaster strikes. Additionally, attendees will be able to visit a new Fire Station and a Fire Centennial exhibit at the South Chula Vista library. 

Fire Station 5 houses one fire engine and two ambulances replacing the old station that was in service for over 60 years. Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics, Fire Explorers, and Fire Prevention personnel will all be participating in this special event. 

The Open House also will have information booths with City and local professional partners, music provided by 93.3 radio, food, and entertainment for children. City officials say the event will be one of the last opportunities to visit the free exhibit before it concludes permanently, the department announced. 

The display features historical gear, documents, photos, and videos from the first 100 years of service that took place from 1921 through 2021. The display also features the very first fire engine in Chula Vista named “The Goose.”

The Chula Vista Fire Department currently has ten stations located in all of the city’s major regions. In 2021, the department responded to more than 28,000 calls, ranging from medical aids to working fires.

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