LONG BEACH — Pacific County’s first-ever Safety Fair will take place on Sunday, Aug. 20, in Long Beach. The free event is designed to be family-friendly, and fun for guests of all ages. It will feature activities for kids, as well as a few giveaways.
“This is going to be a hands-on safety fair. What that means is it’s not going to be just a vendor fair where you get a whole bunch of information. We’re going to have you actually do something,” said Lani Karvia, the Public Education Coordinator for Pacific County Fire District No. 1. Karvia organized the fair in collaboration with other local emergency response agencies.
During the fair, kids who bring their bikes can participate in a “bike rodeo.”
“We’ll have a bike mechanic to make sure everything is in running order,” Karvia said. “We’ll fit bicycle helmets, and then we have a little road-course. We are going to give away helmets too — if they need helmets, we will supply them.”
Officers from Long Beach Police Department will help get children fingerprinted, so that their information will be available to responders in the event of an emergency. Volunteer firefighters and medical responders will be offering blood-pressure checks, lessons in hands-only CPR, and advice about how to protect homes against wildfire. Visitors will also be able to practice putting out a real fire with a fire extinguisher, Karvia said. Additionally, local 911 dispatchers will be there.
“They’re going to show you what happens when you call 911. I believe you’ll be able to practice calling 911,” Karvia said. Pacific County Emergency Management Agency staff will be on hand to help program NOAA emergency radios, and may have some radios to give away. U.S. Coast Guard personnel and auxiliary members and South Pacific County Technical Rescue volunteers will be teaching about boating safety and water/swimming safety.
There will be free hot dogs, and a drawing for a bike. On top of all that, Karvia said, “Smokey The Bear is going to be there.”
The fair takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Pacific County Administration Building at 7013 Sandridge Road in Long Beach.