Our inaugural block party is set for Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 5-9PM! We would love to see you there! This is a great chance to get to know your neighbors and first responders better!
National Night Out is a nationwide event that takes place each year on the first Tuesday of August. It is a night to strengthen community ties and to build better relationships with law enforcement by providing a place for positive interactions. For our first block party, we have chosen the theme of “Building a strong community takes all of us” and we are hosting a public safety fair with some special guests!
Some of our special guests for the night will be making quite the entrance so everyone is invited to head on down to the football field to watch a Life Flight helicopter land and take off! We will have information on different safety topics as well as some educational activities for the kids to help keep them safe. But this IS a PARTY so we’ll also be having some activities just for fun! Including a Kick the Can Tournament just for the high schoolers! The winning team will get a pizza party on us! We are also working with the local community on presenting a first responder demonstration during which your very own firefighters will demonstrate their extrication skills (where they rip apart cars with various tools)!
Plus, dinner and dessert are on us! We’ll be serving up hot dogs, chips, cake, and ice cream!
Make sure to check back with us as we add more details about our upcoming Block Party! You can let us know if you plan on attending here!
Our Special Guests
Polk County Sheriff’s Office – The Sheriff’s Office will be sending out several deputies to join in the fun! They will be interacting with everyone, providing safety information, and talking about what they do!
Life Flight – A Life Flight helicopter with a full crew (pilot, paramedic, and nurse) will be landing at the football field! They will be providing an inside look at the helicopter and talk a bit about what they do!
Falck – We will have a Falck ground ambulance joining us! The medic will be talking with everyone, handing out some fun things for the kids, and giving ambulance tours!
Willamette Valley Communications Center 9-1-1 – Our dispatch call center will be sending two dispatchers! They will have some helpful information for the adults and some activities for the kids so they can learn about 9-1-1 and how to use it in an emergency! They are also planning on bringing a 9-1-1 simulator phone so that kids can practice calling 9-1-1 and giving the information necessary to get help during an emergency.
Polk County Search and Rescue – SAR will be interacting with the public and giving demonstrations (check the schedule below for times)! If the weather allows, there *might* be an extra special guest.
Neighborhood Watch – Your own community members will providing information on the local Neighborhood Watch, including how to sign up!
Rickreall Masonic Lodge #110 – Free child ID kits will be provided by the Rickreall Masons. These kits are perfect to use with children, senior citizens, and disabled adults. The finished cards provide a description, basic information, health conditions, and even a photo and fingerprints that law enforcement can use when a child goes missing. The cards keep all of the information in one place so if the worst happens, parents won’t need to scramble to gather what law enforcement officers need or try to remember every detail while in distress. Parents retain any copies of cards printed and all information is deleted from the machine after each use so no personal information is kept by the Masons or anyone other than the parents. We encourage parents to store these cards, along with some other items, including a recent drawing done by their child, in an accessible but secure location when they get home.
Schedule of Events
5:00PM: Block Party begins! Hot dogs, chips, soda, kids’ activities, and informational tables will be available at the fire station!
5:00PMish: Life Flight helicopter landing at the Falls City High School football field! The public is welcome to come watch but please listen to your volunteers as they direct you how to safely watch! After landing, the crew will be available to answer questions and provide tours inside the helicopter. Please note that if there is an emergency within their response district, they will be leaving the party early. If time allows after the emergency is resolved, they will return to the party but there is no guarantee.
5:00PM-5:20PM: Kick the Can Tournament Registration (open to any student who was in grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 school year!)
5:30PM-6:20PM: Kick the Can Tournament!
5:40PM: Mantracker Demonstration – Meet at SAR table inside apparatus bay.
6:10PM: Mantracker Demonstration – Meet at SAR table inside apparatus bay.
6:30PM: Cake and ice cream served.
6:40PM: Mantracker Demonstration – Meet at SAR table inside apparatus bay.
7:15PM-8:30PM: First Responders Demonstration – The Scene of a MVA: From 911 Call to Life Flight Take Off. Participants include dispatch, Sheriff’s Office, FCFD, Falck, and Life Flight. The car used for the extrication demonstration was donated by Dallas Towing
8:30PMish: Life Flight helicopter take off at the Falls City High School football field. The public is encouraged to come watch but please listen to your volunteers as they direct you how to watch safely!
9:00PM: Block Party ends! We hope you had a fun evening hanging out with us!
Road Closure Information
We will be closing down 3rd Street between Main Street and Pine Street on Tuesday, August 1 4:30-9:30PM for our inaugural National Night Out Block Party! All other streets will remain open during our Block Party, however, please be aware that there may be more than usual foot traffic around the fire station and the high school as well as a high number of children playing.
For our 3rd Street Neighbors and their Guests: You will still have access to your homes via Pine Street and the alley off 4th Street. If you have an emergency while the street is closed off, please alert us immediately so we can clear families from the road (as well as come help you! We’ll have a full house of helping hands!).