Food trucks and fire prevention


By Amanda Ensinger
Staff Writer

The Prairie Township Fire Department will host the second annual Food Truck Fire Prevention Festival. The event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Station 241, 123 Inah Ave.

“This event came from an idea our Firefighter Evan Strauss had to celebrate fire prevention week,” said David Donofrio, Prairie Township Fire Department administrative assistant. “We wanted to kick this week off with some fun for the residents and to educated everyone on fire prevention tips.”

This year, the theme of the event will be look, listen and learn. Some of the activities this year will include arts and crafts, on-site food trucks, different education stations, booths by community partners, tours of the fire trucks and station and an opportunity for kids to try out the fire house and learn what to do if there is a fire.

Currently, four food trucks are confirmed for the event, but officials are not giving further details.

“We will be announcing that on social media leading up to the event,” Donofrio said. “I can say we will have a variety of different foods on hand.”

Prairie Township Fire Chief Chris Snyder said this event is a great opportunity to have the fire department build relationships with the community.

“We always encourage firefighters to be a part of the community and give back,” Snyder said. “We took a great idea by one of our firefighters and just built onto it.”

Snyder said last year the event was a big success and this year they expect just as many attendees.

“This also is a great opportunity for parents to spend time with their kids,” Snyder said. “We know in today’s times that this bonding time is very important. We are excited we can offer this experience for families.”

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