Each year, nearly 50 volunteers join the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield to manage the Fire Service Tent and provide fire prevention education to fair-goers.
The tent allows kids and adults to climb on fire engines and slide down firepoles while also receiving educational materials on fire safety through various stations and activities.
Help us reduce the number children and adults that attend the IFSA’s burn survivor support programs by helping make a difference in fire safety education. Invite your spouse, friends, and children – they are welcome to attend too! It’s also a great community service opportunity for Explorers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other youth groups.
The hours of tent operation are from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Volunteers are requested to work two 2-hour shifts, allowing four hours of the day to be spent enjoying the various fair activities and events.
If you are not able to drive directly to the State Fair, the IFSA provides two suburban Chicago pick-up/drop-off locations for the day’s event:
- Woodfield Mall (Schaumburg)
- Northwest Homer FPD Station #1 (Homer Glen)
Volunteers are provided snacks and drinks in the morning and evening on the bus, a State Fair admission ticket, parking pass (if driving personal vehicle), lunch, and an IFSA t-shirt.