NEWBERRY — The Newberry City Fire Department is combining fun and education to bring families together this weekend at its annual Kids Fun Day event.
The event will be held Sept. 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Piedmont Technical College (PTC) in Newberry.
The fire department has been hosting the event for over 25 years, according to Fire Chief Keith Minick.
“It used to be Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs,” Minick said about the event.
In past years, the event was supported by an annual fishing tournament at Lake Murray. Minick said Captain Bobby “Stump” Rowe was active in leading the events each year.
Over the past few years, the event has transitioned into a Kids Fun Day and is supported by proceeds from the department’s annual golf tournament.
Minick said activities such as bouncy houses, slides and games will be available for children and various fire/rescue equipment will be displayed. Sno-cones and popcorn will be available and Waffle House will be donating hotdogs and chips for the kids.
At 3 p.m., Minick said a fire safety burn demonstration will be held in the PTC parking lot.
The demonstration will be two eight-by-eight structures that will be pre-built and put together on site, Minick said. The structures simulate a room with household furniture and other items that were donated.
The structures will be set on fire, with one room containing a residential sprinkler system, the other not.
Minick said the first room will burn until the items in the room catch fire and then the department will extinguish the fire. A smoke detector also will be in the first room, which Minick said will give those present the chance to see how long it would take the detector to activate with a fire in a home.
With the second room, the sprinkler system will show how it can suppress flames in a house fire.
Minick said the demonstration will show the community the power of flames, how fast they can move, and how dangerous gases can be if not suppressed.
“It should be very unique and educational,” Minick said. “I encourage all to come and see this fire demonstration.”
People will be on hand to answer questions about the event as a whole.
This year Minick said they are planning to have more fire rescue equipment with special ops equipment as well.
“This is a chance for not only kids to enjoy, but adults will be able to see what resources are available and learn more about our emergency services,” Minick said.
This will be the second burn demonstration the fire department has provided with the help of the S.C. Fire and Life Safety Education Association. The department hosted one three years ago on Newberry College’s campus. Servpro of Newberry and Laurens Counties and State Farm George Piersol’s office will sponsor the side by side event.
“If we can prevent it, we don’t have to fight it,” Minick said of fires.