Virtual Fire Department Open House

Things are a little different this year, but the Northbrook Fire Department still has some exciting things to share! Watch the videos below, do at-home activities, and even enter in a special giveaway. To wrap things up, Firefighter/Paramedic Ted Aquino and Sparky the Fire Dog answered questions from the community on Facebook live. Watch here.

911 Dispatching

What happens when you call 911? A 911 dispatcher answers the phone! Dispatchers get vital information to first responders. It's important to remember that help is already on the way, even if a dispatcher is still asking you questions.

At-Home Activity: Find your address from the street and draw your own address sign to place on the fridge. This will help you and others in your household if you ever need to call 911!

Hands-Only CPR

Ah, ha, ha, ha stayin' alive, stayin' alive! Did you know that this tune by the Bee Gees can help you remember CPR compressions? Firefighter/Paramedic Ted shows you what to do if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse. Remember to always call 911 first! Learn more about CPR.

At-Home Activity: Practice how to call 911 in case someone needs CPR. Please do not actually call 911 unless there is an emergency.

Smoke Detectors

Do you know what a smoke detector sounds like? If you ever hear a smoke detector beeping in your home, it means that you need to "get low and go...right outside." To make sure everyone in your household has exited safely, designate an outdoor meeting place.

At-Home Activity: Find all the smoke detectors in your home. Tell us how many you have to be entered into a Northbrook Fire Department giveaway! Send your answer to pr@northbrook.il.us.

Fire Extinguishers

Everyone should have a fire extinguisher in their home, but do you know how to use one? Watch this video to learn!

At-Home Activity: Count all the fire extinguishers in your home and make sure everyone in the household knows where they are. Tell us how many fire extinguishers you have to be entered into a Northbrook Fire Department giveaway! Send your answer to pr@northbrook.il.us.

Firefighter Gear

Say "hi" to Firefighter/Paramedic Tom! In this video, he's going to show you the special gear that firefighters wear when responding to an emergency. Remember that if you see a firefighter wearing this gear in your home, don't hide - they are there to help you.

At-Home Activity: Draw a map of your home and practice your escape plan. Download the template.

Fire Apparatus

Trucks, engines, and ambulances, oh my! Take a closer look at the Fire Department's different apparatus.

At-Home Activity: Draw a picture of your favorite Fire Department vehicle. Email your picture to pr@northbrook.il.us to be entered into a Northbrook Fire Department giveaway!

Ambulance

Ambulances are the Northbrook Fire Department's most used emergency vehicles! Firefighter/Paramedic Ted takes you inside an ambulance to learn about all the tools and equipment they use to help people.

Trivia Question: How many ambulances does Northbrook have? Send your answer to pr@northbrook.il.us to be entered into a Northbrook Fire Department giveaway!

Station 11 Tour

Even though we can't see you in person this year, Firefighter/Paramedic J.P. Kulick still has a lot to show you at Northbrook Fire Station 11. Come on in!

At-Home Activity: Draw a picture of yourself at the firehouse. Email your picture to pr@northbrook.il.us to be entered into a Northbrook Fire Department giveaway!