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Fire district, rec center host Fall Festival

October 31, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Hundreds of residents came out on Saturday to participate in Lehigh Acres Fire Prevention Day & Fall Festival, held in collaboration with the Veterans Park Recreation Center.

The family-friendly event took place both in front and inside of the recreation center at 55 Homestead Road S.

The event featured a variety of activities including an auto extrication and fire hose demonstration, bunker dressing station, DUI simulations, a costume contest, and a chance to meet Marshal from Paw Patrol, plus archery and martial arts demonstrations for the kids.

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The event started with a car extrication demonstration led by Fire district Lt. Robert Midea. Onlookers saw how they free drivers and passengers who are trapped inside a vehicle post a crash or incident.


"It's something we do every year and is a great way to bring the community together, as well as educate them on fire safety," said Fire Chief Robert DiLallo.

The event started with an extrication demonstration led by Fire District Lt. Robert Midea. Members of the fire district showed onlookers how they free drivers and passengers who a trapped inside a vehicle post a crash or incident.

Some of the tools used in these scenarios include a cutter, ram and a hydraulic spreader to remove vehicle doors. Within a few minutes rescue crews are able to disassemble these vehicles and remove injured occupants in cases of emergency.

According to Midea, a hydraulics spreader, like the one used in this demonstration, puts out 5,000 pounds of force and is an important tool emergency rescue personnel use to assist in the vehicle extrication of crash victims.

Attendees also got the chance to enter a costume contest for ages 0-13 years and watch other performances and demonstrations, which took place inside the Veterans Park Recreation Center's gymnasium.

Parents and their children got a chance to watch students from the recreation center's martial arts and archery classes give live demonstrations and a see performance by the Lehigh Acres Senior Citizen Center's Calendar Girls, who gave a tribute to those serving our country.

Other exhibits included a helicopter brought in by the Lee County Sheriff's Office and a visit by Pink Heals Southwest Florida Chapter. The Pink Heals movement is manned by volunteers and is 100 percent funded by the sale if merchandise.

"It's not just about raising money and cancer awareness, it's about letting them know that they are not alone and that there are people that care," said firefighter Alex Delgado.

Delgado is a part of the fire crew at the Bayshore station in North Fort Myers and volunteers on a regular basis for the Pink Heals movement.

Besides making public appearances in the community, Pink Heals volunteers visit patients in their homes.

For more information on their local chapter visit



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