Halloween fun creeps into Roxana Fire Station 90

ROXANA – Sirens blared in Roxana Sunday afternoon.

There was no cause for alarm.

Free rides on Roxana and Dagsboro fire engines were a huge attraction for those young, old and in between during Roxana Volunteer Fire Company’s 2nd Annual Halloween Appreciation Day.

The three-hour event at Station 90 on Zion Church Road featured outdoors attractions. The list included a petting zoo provided by Parsons Farms, archery wars from Anchors Aweigh Entertainment, a bounce house slide provided by Beach Bounce, a special-appearance landing by LifeNet helicopter and an entertaining K-9 demonstration by DNREC Fish & Wildlife Cpl. Josh Hudson and his canine companion Rosco.

Inside Station 80’s engine bays there were games with candy and goodies as prizes, free hot dogs, chips and drinks, Delaware State Police fingerprinting, Take 10 CPR instruction, Operation GEM (Gain Effective Members) recruitment and of course a Halloween costume contest.

The CPR area drew people of all ages to learn basic life-saving skills.

“Prevention programs is what saves live,” said Max Twigg, CPR instructor for Roxana VFC. “It is the greatest thing, these 10-minute CPR classes on how to do chest compression, because that is what circulates the blood to the brain and the heart. It keeps you alive. It is an easy and simple thing to learn and as long as you are doing something it’s going to make a difference … until advanced care gets there.”

In the K-9 demonstration, Rosco, at Cpl. Hudson’s command sniffed out empty shotgun shell casings hidden by young volunteers from the audience before he emerged from the K-9 vehicle.

“Rosco is not trained to bite. He’s a nice dog,” said Cpl. Hudson. “He does tracking, wildlife detection and article detection. He alerts on wildlife; deer, turkey, ducks, geese and we just recently certified him on striped bass as well. He will alert on those just like a drug dog alerts on drugs. We have people hiding them on boats and vehicles and stuff like that. He is trained to alert on that as well.”

Indian River Volunteer Fire Company provided call/run backup for Roxana during the event, which drew several hundred children and adults.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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