DAPHNE, Ala. (WKRG) — Get to know your local first responders on the Eastern Shore in Daphne. Members of the Daphne Fire Department are hosting a Community Safety Awareness Day. It’s happening Saturday at the Daphne Fire Department Training Facility located at 25250 Profit Drive from 9 am to 1 pm.
“We welcome all members of the community to come by and visit with their local departments and organizations to learn about the various programs and services in which they provide to the community,” said a news release about the event. They will have live demonstrations, interactive activities, and inflatables. The event is open to the public.
This is one of the few times watching a medical helicopter come in for a landing–it’s not an emergency. It’s one feature of this public safety day. The other feature–just getting to play in the firetrucks.
“My grandson loves to get in the fire trucks, and steering and he just loves having a good time in the fire trucks,” said retired firefighter Tom Walker holding his grandson. A lot of their calls are to respond to stressful emergencies, but Saturday was a chance to learn more from the community.
“Bring awareness to the community, we like to work through outreach programs or special needs groups who need our help we’re here,” said Toby Pearce with Daphne Police. It’s a wider range of services than just fighting fires or stopping crime.
“The majority of stuff we do is EMS related we teach a lot of CPR classes to the public but 90 to 95 percent of what we do is EMS related,” said Daphne Fire Medic Brett Camilleri. Members of the Baldwin County Community Alliance works with schools and the community to stop drug abuse early–especially in the home when old prescription drugs should be thrown out before they can be abused.
“We want to reach kids early enough so they’re not developing any bad habits when it comes to drugs,” said Robin Snider with BCCA.