Chautauqua Volunteer Fire Department presents its annual “Field Day” from 12–4 p.m. Sunday at Miller Park, featuring emergency equipment demonstrations, free blood pressure checks and a tour of the ambulance.
The department’s 75-foot ladder truck will be set up near Miller Bell Tower, discharging 2,000 gallons of water per minute from the tip of the ladder supplied by fire engines drafting water from the lake. The fire department tanker will demonstrate procedures for shuttling water from the 4,200-gallon portable tank to fire engines when operating in areas without available fire hydrants.
Of special interest will be the department’s prized Peter Pirsch fire engine, which was placed into service on the grounds 93 years ago. The 1929 restored Pirsch Pumper and related memorabilia will be on display, and free rides on the antique engine will be provided.
Kids will have the opportunity to spray water from small hose lines, participate in water battles and watch foam demonstrations, as well as have their photos taken wearing fire turnout gear. Those wishing to play in the foam at the end of the afternoon are requested to bring swim goggles to protect their eyes. The foam is non-toxic soap but may irritate eyes.
Refreshments, including homemade ice cream, $1 hot dogs and bottled water, will be available throughout the afternoon. The popular Dixie Lakesides will provide live music for the event from 12:30–2 p.m.