Block parties are a popular activity throughout Park Forest every summer. The Park Forest Fire Department is glad to be invited to these events and meet our residents in a relaxed, informal and non-emergency setting. If you want to invite the Fire Department to your next block party, follow these guidelines:
First, you may need a block party permit from the Village of Park Forest. Once you’ve obtained this, call our office at 708-748-5605 to schedule our attendance and we will make every effort to have your neighborhood firefighters attend the party. Typically, the crews come out for about 45 minutes. This gives us the opportunity to meet the residents, show our equipment, answer questions and in general get to know the people of the area. We try to attend at the time requested, but understand these crews are in service and emergency calls are our top priority. Therefore, we might be late, have to leave early or, in some cases, not make it at all. There are also several weekends each year with a lot of block parties; we schedule them on a first-come, first-serve basis so call early. We only have so many slots available each weekend and there is the possibility we may not be able to make a party due to other events already scheduled.
We also ask that parents be available to help watch the kids. Of course, having fire equipment show up is a big draw for the younger ones, but we usually only have three personnel on a fire vehicle. This can make it tough to keep an eye on all the kids if they are on all sides of the vehicle. If we get a call during the party and have to respond, it also makes it much easier and safer getting out if parents are immediately available to take charge of the children.
We thank you for considering inviting us to your block party. We hope to see you there. Have a great summer, and stay safe!