The primary purpose of Family Day is to captivate Bird-in-Hand area residents in educational opportunities. The Fire Company members do their best to get necessary safety information into the hands and minds of those who attend. When families arrive at Family Day, they are organized into groups of 10-20. They travel around in their groups to stations where firefighters instruct them about different aspects of safety using hands-on activities. There are 8-10 stations and each presentation is 15 minutes long. When the bell rings, everyone has five minutes to move to the next station.
The first Family Night was held in 1997 and ran most years until 2005. In 2005 the Fire Company offered a Family Day that included a noon meal and a mini-auction before the educational portion of the program. Attendance at these family activities ranges from 170-300. For several years Community Days in the center of Bird-in-Hand replaced this educational day. Now in 2010 Family Day is back again.
Using puppet shows, demonstrations, and hands-on learning, volunteers man the stations and interact with the participants. Stations include:
- How to use a fire extinguisher
- How to survive a nighttime house fire
- What to do first, second, third when a fire occurs
- Safety on the road
- Safety issues with propane and natural gasses
- What to say when calling 911
- Making homes kid-safe
- Where to install smoke detectors