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Fire Prevention Parade & Demonstration - 2:00 PM

Upper Darby Fire Prevention

On Sunday, October 9, 2010 at 2:00pm, the Upper Darby Township Fire Department will be hosting our annual Fire Prevention Parade to kick off Fire Prevention Week. This year's theme will be "Protect Your Family From Fire". The parade will begin at the Drexel Hill Middle School located at State Road and Shadeland Avenue. The parade will exit the school property via the rear drive onto Kenwood Road, proceed on Kenwood Road to Bond Avenue and Bond Avenue ending at Aronimink School.

Each year the parade is dedicated to someone who has dedicated themselves to the fire service. This year the Upper Darby Fire Department has decided to dedicate the Fire Prevention Parade to retire Upper Darby Fire Department Deputy Chief John Hicks for his unending service, assistance and dedication to the Upper Darby Fire Department.

Featured in the parade are: Mayor Thomas Micozzie, Upper Darby Township Council members, Upper Darby Township Fire Department and Police Department, the Upper Darby High School Marching Royals, marching bands from Beverly Hills Middle School and Drexel Hill Middle Schools. The Greater Overbrook Sting Band will also be featured. The bands will perform during the parade and also at the conclusion of the parade at the Aronimink School.

The Upper Darby Marine Corp. League Honor Guard #884 will lead the parade with their colors. There will be antique fire trucks, motorcycles, fire departments from surrounding communities and the Fire departments special guest, "Sparky the Fire Dog."

Following the parade, the Upper Darby Fire Department will distribute fire prevention materials, assorted novelties for children and there will be demonstrations by members of the fire department. The demonstrations will include high angle rope rescue, vehicle extrication using the "JAWS OF LIFE". There will also be demonstrations on "Stop Drop and Roll". Firefighters will be available distributing fire prevention literature, fire safety tips and will be available to answer questions.

In conjunction with this year's theme, the Upper Darby Fire Department will be conducting a contest with all of the Upper Darby Township elementary schools, grades 3 thru 5. The contest will be based on the best poster relating to the theme. Each grade will be judged and best three posters from each grade will be awarded, either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. The winners will be presented with their award on October 9, 2011 at the Aronimink School following the parade.

The program is for all, young and old. Admission is free and all are invited to attend.