Nichole Hannahs

An Upclose Safety Experience

by Nichole Hannahs on April 29, 2014 at 10:45 am

If you’ve ever wanted to meet a police K-9 or see what it takes to make a river rescue the Zanesville Police and Fire Departments give you the chance to do just that.

The two agencies have teamed up to host an open house for the public. Officials said since they’re funded by the taxpayers it’s important to invite the public to see where their money is being spent.

"We’re wanting to let them know that we are staying on top of things as far as equipment that’s needed for crisis situations, major accidents and that we train and we try and prepare for those," said Zanesville Police Lieutenant Bill Shaw.

At the even they’ll be demonstrations in rive rescue by the fire department and the police department wants to introduce the community to their two newest K-9 officers. Special response teams will be on hand and kids can also be finger printed. There’s even a chance to get up close to all the equipment.

One organizer said it’s important to teach kids safety at an early age.

"You can talk about it. Read things. But, when there in person and you can talk to them and get down on their level, explain to them a little bit more, show them a bit more, it’s a great impression on their minds," added Zanesville Fire Lieutenant Doug Hobson.

Thanks to community sponsors like Goss Supply, Mattingly Foods, Sam’s Club, Riesbeck’s, Modern Glass and Finley Fire Equipment there will also be a dunk tank, plenty of food and Sparky the fire dog to meet with kids.

Kids will also get a gift when they finish visiting all the demonstrations.

The event takes place on Friday May 16, from 3pm-7pm at the 4th Street Safety Center.