RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Residents turned out on a warm Sunday to learn more about staying safe as the Ridgefield Police Department and Ridgefield Fire Department held the town's annual safety day at East Ridge Middle School.
Throughout the day, participants could take part in a series of activities to learn more about the work of the police and fire departments.
Kids could get the ultimate learning experience in the fire safety trailer. Once inside, the kids sat down in the "living room" with a firefighter, who explained fire safety and what to do if there should be a fire in their home. During this time, nontoxic smoke was released to make it feel more realistic, and the kids were guided through the rest of the "house," using safety precautions to know in case of a real fire.
"It was so much fun!" says Timmy Vera, 8, of Ridgefield. "It felt so real being inside the trailer."
One of the day's highlights came at 11:15 a.m., when the Eagle One helicopter landed on the ball field for a demonstration.
That was followed by K-9 demonstration performed by Police Officer Murray and his police dog, Loki. Aside from the demonstrations, there was also a child car seat inspection/installation station as well as a fire safety trailer. Fire and police vehicles were on display, and crash simulators were shown.
There were also information tables from the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, Lyme Connection, Ridgefield Prevention Council, Ridgefield Police Benevolent Association, C.E.R.T, Gun Safety, CT S.A.R.T (State Animal Response Team), and Generator Safety.
"This is a great service that they have provided, as far as the child car inspection," said Tom Smith.