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Kids Get Up-Close Look At First Responders At Ridgefield Safety Day

Kids check out the Fire Safety House at Ridgefield Safety Day. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A helicopter lands at East Ridge MIddle School as part of Ridgefield Safety Day Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Officer Murray puts his K-9 partner, Loki, through his paces on Ridgefield Safety Day. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Project ChildSafe is one of the many groups that set up information tables at Ridgefield Safety Day. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Kids and adults alike check out fire trucks at Ridgefield Safety Day. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Officer Murray puts his K-9 partner, Loki, through his paces on Ridgefield Safety Day. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
This car simulates a rollover accident at Ridgefield Safety Day. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A fire truck extends its ladder for Ridgefield Safety Day. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Kids attending the second annual Ridgefield Safety Day got an up-close view as a helicopter landed and as a police officer worked with a canine officer all while they learned more about what it takes to keep their community safe.

The event was held in the front lot of East Ridge Middle School last month.

Information tables were set up by such groups as the Ridgefield Police Benevolent Association, the Ridgefield Fire Department, BLAST, the Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association, Ridgefield Prevention Council, CERT, Project ChildSafe and Fairfield County Safe Kids. All the groups handed out information and answered questions from the public about their services.

The event was filled with activities for kids of all ages, starting with the Helicopter demonstration by Eagle One from New York. Then a K-9 demonstration was held with Officer Murray and his K-9 partner, Loki. In an interesting twist, Loki, a German shepherd dog straight from Germany, takes his commands in German.

A crash simulator was set up on the site, along with a fire safety trailer. Firefighters dressed in full gear would enter into a trailer set up in a scene to show kids what it is like during an emergency and to not be afraid when firefighters are around.

At the end of the day, the Ridgefield Police Department thanked all those who helped out that day on their Facebook pages saying: “From all of us who helped make Safety Day 2015 possible — Ridgefield PBA, Ridgefield FD, BLAST, RVNA, Ridgefield Prevention Council, CERT, Project ChildSafe and Fairfield County Safe Kids we would like to thank all who came out to see us this past Sunday. We would also like to thank the community for your continued support. We are all proud to serve.”

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