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Posted: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 5:48 pm | Updated: 1:51 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

If you've ever wanted to see the Jaws of Life in action or just how quickly it takes a fire to spread through a living room, make your way out to the Queen Creek Safety Fair this weekend.

The town hopes to get 1,000 people at Saturday's event, which would double the attendance from last year's festival, said Jon Spezzacatena, fire marshal.

This is the third safety fair Queen Creek has hosted to give people a chance to see firsthand how emergency work is done, he said.

The Queen Creek Fire Department will have a live demonstration of treating a car crash victim, using the Jaws of Life to extricate someone from a car and then loading the patient onto an Air Evac medical helicopter, Spezzacatena said.

Another live demonstration will show the effectiveness of sprinklers in a home.

Two mock rooms that feature either living room or bedroom furniture will be burned, Spezzacatena said. One will have a sprinkler head and one won't.

"Within three or four minutes, usually the fire builds so much the entire room is filled with fire," Spezzacatena said.

Several other activities will be featured, including a bicycle safety area, demonstrations from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit and information on recognizing emergency weather situations.

There will also be an antique and collectible car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The town is asking for donations at the car show, which will be donated to the family of fire Capt. Eric Tinkham, who died in his sleep while on duty earlier this year.

"(Tinkham) rode a motorcycle, so there's going to be a lot of motorcycles there," Spezzacatena said.

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