, Salem, MA

October 10, 2012

Danvers residents invited to get to know their town

The Salem News

---- — DANVERS — Residents are invited to ride the Salem Trolley between various departments tomorrow during the town’s annual open house.

The free event, from 4 to 7 p.m., is scheduled to coincide with National Fire Prevention Week and Public Power Week.

“This gives us an opportunity to share our offices, our work and our time with all residents — and they aren’t coming in to pay a bill, pick up a license or pay a parking ticket,” Assistant Town Manager Diane Norris said in a prepared statement. “It’s all for an evening of information and family fun.”

The trolley will shuttle people among the fire and police stations, the Peabody Institute Library, Town Hall, the Senior Center, and the Electric Division. The town is asking participants to park at the municipal lots at the Senior Center or adjacent to Town Hall and ride the trolley from site to site. There is limited parking at the other sites.

In addition to serving free pizza around 5 p.m., the Fire Department on High Street will run two demonstrations. One involves a “safe smoke trailer” that uses nontoxic smoke to teach kids to “learn to crawl down low under the smoke” when leaving a burning building, said fire prevention officer Lt. James Brooks.

“This year, we are using a fire extinguisher training module,” Brooks said. “It’s the first time we are doing this.” The unit, provided through the Essex County Fire Chiefs Association, trains people how to use an actual extinguisher to put out a live fire.

“I’m sure that will be a big attraction,” Brooks said.

Other attractions at various sites include a display focused on electrical safety for kids and a ride in the bucket truck at the Electric Division on Burroughs Street. You can get a flu shot (with an insurance card for those ages 9 and older) at the Senior Center on Stone Street.

Town Hall on Sylvan Street will offer a tour of the “White House,” raffles and the opportunity to register to vote.

The Peabody Institute Library on Sylvan Street will offer spin art, Hoodsie Cups and e-reader demonstrations.

The Police Department on Ash Street is going to the dogs with free hot dogs and a K-9 demonstration at 5:30 p.m. Attendees can also enter a raffle to win a bicycle donated by Target.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.