Report by Paula Antolini, August 11, 2019, 7:01PM EDT
Once again this year the Bethel Fire & EMS, Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company and the Bethel Police Department provided a special evening for locals on August 6, 2019, on the lawn of the CJH Municipal center in Bethel, CT, to learn all about Bethel’s emergency services, their equipment, and to have some fun too.
Families gathered, thrilled to see the new Bethel Fire & EMS Seagrave Engine standing next to the antique fire truck. All trucks were available for inspection inside and out. Small children wearing adorable plastic fire hats, obtained from the fire departments, were guided by fire fighters to use a small fire hose and aim at a target. They were all smiles.
The Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company was there with their vehicles, equally open for inspection. They had a recruiting sign welcoming volunteers to become Firefighters or EMTs. A corn hole game was on the lawn too, for all to enjoy, young and old.
Bethel Police had numerous vehicles and equipment on display and officers were there to answer questions and give demonstrations.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) had their tent set up and were handing out literature and answering any questions people might have about first responders, rescue procedures or how residents may join.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas and select areas celebrate on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.
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