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Emergency Preparedness Fair set for March



BY TERI BURTON
THE DICKSON HERALD

Emergency personnel, vehicles and equipment from Dickson County will gather at the local fairgrounds Saturday, March 24 for the second annual Community Emergency Preparedness Fair.
Sponsored by the Local Emergency Planning Committee, the event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature the Vanderbilt Medical Center Life Flight helicopter, the Air Evac medical helicopter out of Waverly, local ambulances, fire departments and law enforcement agencies.



The Montgomery County Bomb Squad will also display its bomb-defusing robot.
Lots of emergency preparedness information will also be available from vendors, said Steve Manley, director of the Dickson County Emergency Management Agency.
“As an example, there will be a vendor there that sells storm shelters,” Manley said. “The police department will be doing children’s fingerprints.”
Several fire departments from around the county will provide information on home fire safety, Manley said.
“We’ve also got the State of Tennessee Forestry Department, the Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Department of Safety will be there with their help truck,” Manley said. “Project Child Safe will be there, TEMA (Tennessee Emergency Management Agency) will be there, the Water Authority of Dickson County, the Parks Department, the Health Department, Amateur Radio will be set up.”
The University of Tennessee Extension Service will have a booth at the fair and Snow Bird from WSMV TV Channel 4 will also be on hand.
The American Red Cross will participate in the fair along with the National Weather Service and the Greater Dickson Gas Authority.
“It’s about taking care of yourself, taking care of your family and being safe in bad weather and pretty much any kind of emergency,” Manley said.
Last year’s event brought more than 500 visitors and more are expected this year, as more equipment will be on display.
“If you’ve ever wanted to see the inside of a helicopter, you can see the inside of a helicopter,” Manley said. “If the kids want to sit in a fire truck they can sit in a fire truck. We’ve got more exhibitors signed up for this year than we did last year.
There’ll be stuff there for all ages, too. Children and adults alike can go down and look at all the equipment that we’ve got in Dickson County. The adults can play just like the kids can.”
Various mascots will be there, including McGruff the Crime Dog.
Manley said all of the feedback regarding last year’s event has been positive except for one comment that food should have been made available.
“We had to agree. We’ve even got that taken care of this year,” he said. “Concessions will be available.”
Rocky Bowker, chairman of LEPC, said he hopes the fair will be as good as or better than last year’s as far as attendance.
“I would hope that all Dickson County residents would mark their calendars and be sure to come out to take advantage of this free event being provided solely for the benefit of them and their families,” Bowker said.
“Those citizens who did make it out last year only had positive things to say about the event and so many came up and thanked us personally for putting it on.
“There was a wealth of printed information available to take home to better educate families on emergency preparedness and most everyone left with a bag full of goodies.”
He said children really enjoyed the event last year.
“You could just see the excitement in the children’s eyes for all they were getting to see and there were a lot of really great door prizes donated by participants and awarded at the top of each hour,” said Bowker about the prizes that included fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, flashlights and emergency kits, among others.
“We have worked hard to pull all of these many agencies in for this event and to set it up at no cost and in a way that is user friendly for the attendees,” he added.
Exhibits will be set up in the Greer Building and the Chandler Building at the fairgrounds. Equipment will be located along the midway.
Drawings will be held every hour for door prizes, including weather radios.
Admission is free and tickets for the drawings will be available at the door.
The Dickson County Fairgrounds is located on Highway 47 in Dickson near the Housing Authority.
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