Perry firefighters to offer pancakes, open house

PERRY TWP. – Area residents can support Perry Township firefighters at a pancake breakfast Saturday morning, followed by an open house where they can learn all about the department’s activities.

Festivities will kick off with the pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the North Station on North Ellsworth Avenue. The cost will be $6 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 6 to 13 and children 5 and under free.

The open house will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the same location, with live demonstrations of equipment, such as how to open up a vehicle with the Jaws, how to properly use a fire extinguisher and how to put out a grease fire in a kitchen.

Stat Medevac, the medical helicopter, is scheduled to make an appearance and the township’s new fire truck will be on display with other department equipment. The department’s Rapid Intervention Team which does search and rescue will display their skills.

“We’re just trying to let the citizens know how we’re changing and improving to better serve them,” Fire Chief Bruce Whitcher said.

The department is 27 members strong, with at least nine of those members trained EMTs. Whitcher said they’re still trying to raise the funds they need to buy equipment for a first responder service similar to what the city of Salem offers.

“This is our goal,” he said.

Refreshments will be available for purchase during the open house.

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