Safety Saturday’s second annual event is coming up soon

Barbara Hootman
  • Safety Saturday is a free community event demonstrating fire and law enforcement equipment
  • Safety Saturday provides public with fire and law enforcement demonstrations free
  • Twelve fire departments and 10 law enforcement agencies to demonstrate equipment at Safety Saturday
  • Three county fire departments and 10 law enforcement agencies show off equipment at Safety Saturday

Big ladder trucks on site ready to tour and a robot that handles hazardous materials will tease your interest in attending Safety Saturday.

Safety Saturday happens from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at the parking lot of Ingles on N.C. 9 in Black Mountain. It is a chance to see a lot of different events that area fire departments handle. This is the second year for the event, and everything is free.

“There will be fire and police demonstrations, hands-on CPR training, Park Ridge Hospital’s Wellness on Wheels, a bounce house for the kiddies, a visit from mascots Sparky and friends, and the Shred It Project and a lot more,” said John Wilson, Black Mountain Fire Department deputy fire chief. “This is a chance for the public to learn about safety procedures that are available and what fire and police departments do to keep them safe. We want folks to have fun and learn at the same time, and not be in a crisis situation.”

Henderson, Buncombe, and McDowell County fire departments will be on site with special demonstrations. The Riceville Fire Department is bringing its brush truck to demonstrate the Wild Land Fire Wise Program, and Asheville Fire Department’s largest ladder truck will be holding demonstrations. There will be a total of 12 different fire departments involved, along with some 10 different law enforcement agencies.

“This is a great opportunity for the public to see fire equipment in operation that provides them with safety,” Wilson said. “There will be lots of information available along with free items to take home.”

The Shred It Project will be on site from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to show the public how to protect from identity theft. People are encouraged to bring and records to be safely shredded at no cost. There is a limit of three document boxes or 75 pounds of paper per attendee.

Shred It Project organizers advise people to shred anything that includes account numbers, birth dates, passwords or PINs signatures, Social Security numbers, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers.