August 22, 2017

Public Safety Day returning to Au Gres

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Au GRES — The third annual Public Safety Day is scheduled to be held at the Au Gres City Park Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and this year’s event is expected to feature a popular attraction from the inaugural safety day — a helicopter landing.

Emergency Management Coordinator Ed Rohn said the FlightCare helicopter is scheduled to land in the outfield of a ball diamond at the park around noon. Due to an emergency situation last year, when the event was held at the Standish-Sterling Middle School, FlightCare was unable to make an appearance. But the landing two years ago was a popular part of the event, Rohn said.

“That seems to go over well for all ages,” he said. “Children and adults take quite an interest in that.”

Personnel from all local first-responder departments are scheduled to participate in the event, which will see local fire departments compete in a water ball tournament in the afternoon. Booths inside the park pavilion will also be set up for responders and organizations, Rohn said.

“Along with the first-responding equipment, we will have people set up inside the pavilion to answer questions and provide information that is health- and safety-related,” he said.

Feedback on the first two years of Public Safety Day has been positive and attendance has grown from one year to the next, Rohn said.

“I think it’s improved each year,” he said. “We had a better-than-expected turnout the first year and enlarged on that last year. We’re hoping for the same growth this year.”

Public Safety Day was established to help community members, especially children, become familiar with first responders, Rohn said.

“A lot of times the first confrontation between a child and first responder, be it police, fire or EMS, it’s in an emergency situation, which is rather traumatic to them,” he said. “I like to have an opportunity for the community, especially the children, to meet with the first responders, see the equipment, what its use is, and hopefully make it less traumatic on them when they’re involved in an incident.”

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