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Locals To Get Close-Up Experience At Public Safety Day

IMAGES FROM LAST YEAR’S PUBLIC SAFETY DAY

A Chattooga County Public Safety Day has been scheduled from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the Chattooga County Ag Center off Ga. 100 in Summerville.

Residents are invited to come out and meet their local Public Safety personnel.

Planned are numerous kids activities such as inflatables, obstacle course, Junior Firefighter certificates, helicopters, fire trucks, Humvees from the, military, police cars, food and Fire Safety House.

Those attending can register for door prizes. Also planned are a snow cone machine, popcorn, hamburger and hot dogs and so much more.

Carnell Bryant, a Ranger with the U.S. Forestry Service, spoke to the Summerville-Trion Rotary Club last week about Saturday’s event. He is also a volunteer fireman at the Gore Fire Dept.

He said that two years ago when a multiple fire death incident occurred in Chattooga County, Gore Fire Chief King and Assistant Chief Dawson reached out to him and said they needed someone with a drive and a passion to reach out to people and help them. They asked Bryant if he would take on the task.

He began by writing fire safety tips and putting them in The Summerville News.

“I got to thinking and wondered what could I do to try to bring the community together,” Bryant said. “I thought about a Public Safety Day.”

He went to his chief and they decided that it shouldn’t just be a Gore event, it needed to be a Chattooga County event.

He reached out to other fire departments. He went to Summerville and talked with Scott Lewis who told Bryant that he had tried to do something like a Public Safety Day for a long time.

They teamed up and the rest is history.

“We thought that it is not just about fire safety, it is about police officers, it’s about Chattooga 9-1-1, it’s about EMS, it is about all of the public safety workers,” Bryant said. “It is for Chattooga County but we invite all public safety.”

Public safety groups will be coming from Rome, Walker County and Calhoun.

Bryant wondered how they would raise the money for the event. So, he decided to go around the county and ask people what they would be willing to donate. That is how they got the food and some of the prizes. Other items needed, Bryant bought out of pocket.

“I want the day to be free, I want it to be fun and want it to be a place where everybody that comes can hand out safety material and a place to meet our public safety people,” he continued. “Instead of always meeting us at a time of crisis and instead of people being intimidated at seeing a police officer with a gun, and not speak to them, I want people to know that they can come to us and it is not always about crisis.”

If someone has questions, or ideas or just needs someone to talk with – I want to bridge that gap, he added.

Any vendors that want to come in are welcome, but they can’t sell because the day is free.

For details, call Scott Lewis at 706-0936-5502, Pam Vaughn at 706-857-3400 or Carnell Bryant at 706-346-6624.

“It will be a great day for both kids and parents alike,” Bryant said.