Ankeny Fire Department Celebrates EMS Week with Three Community Events
In honor of National Emergency Medical Services Week, the Ankeny Fire Department will be hosting three events for the community: Pancake Breakfast, Ankeny Fire Department EMS Week Open House, and new this year a Special Needs Open House. All events will be held at the Ankeny Fire Department Headquarters, located at 120 NW Ash Drive in Ankeny.
May 18, 7 – 11 a.m.
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with the Ankeny firefighters from 7-11 a.m. This is a free event however, voluntary goodwill donations will be collected to benefit the St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation; a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce burn injuries and mortality through education and research and to assist and support burn survivors and their families in maintaining a high quality of life.
Fire Department EMS Week Open House
Wednesday, May 22, 5 - 8 p.m.
This Open House offers educational activities for all ages with a focus on safety and injury prevention. Visitors are invited to try on firefighter gear, escape from the new fire safety house, spray water from a fire hose, practice bandaging and splinting, get his or her blood pressure checked, watch a vehicle extrication demonstration, witness the landing of a medical helicopter at 6:15 p.m. and more! All activities are free and open to the public.
Fire Department Special Needs Open House
Tuesday, May 21, 6-8 p.m.
New this year, the Ankeny Fire Department is offering a special Open House for individuals with autism, special needs or disabilities and their families. The following activities will be offered and have been modified for those with special needs:
• Meet Ankeny first responders in a fun, safe and sensory friendly way
• Families can explore a fire engine, police car and an ambulance and meet personnel on their terms, making future encounters less frightening
• Escape from the new fire safety house
• Tour the Fire Department
• Spray water from a fire hose
• Explore firefighters’ protective gear
• Make an emergency plan for your family
• Fire extinguisher and hands only CPR training available for family members
• Quiet and sensory friendly areas
• Other fire safety and educational activities
The following community partners also plan to participate in the Special Needs Open House: Ankeny Police Department, Polk County Emergency Management, Iowa Department of Public Health, EMS for Children, National Weather Service, Autism Society of Iowa and Easter Seals.
National Emergency Medical Services Week takes place from May 19 – May 25. This week serves as a designated time to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. Authorized by President Gerald Ford, National EMS Week was initiated in 1973.
For more information about the 2019 Ankeny Fire Department EMS Week events, contact Karen Peters at 515-965-6478 or firstname.lastname@example.org.