Local fire departments to hold safety event Aug. 20

The Southern Ohio Safety Alliance, made up of Jackson Township, Stonelick Township and Wayne Township fire departments, will be hosting a public safety awareness day Aug. 20.

The event will feature a variety of demonstrations and activities to help educate adults as well as children about the importance of fire and EMS practices.

“Years ago there was a safety expo in Jackson Township,” Lt. Josh Galvin, of Stonelick Township Fire Department, said. “This year we decided to kind of bring it back and expand it.”

Fire fighters and EMS workers from the departments will be on hand to give demonstrations and answer questions about their responsibilities in the townships.

Lt. Galvin said the biggest demonstrations will be the vehicle extrication demonstration and the fire department demonstrations. He said there will be multiple opportunities to watch the demonstrations throughout the day.

In addition to demonstrations, Air Care and Air Evac medical helicopters will be at the event as well as representatives from Clermont County Medical Services and the Ohio Highway Patrol. There will also be plenty of activities for children, including the opportunity to help spray a fire hose.

“Our main goal is to educate the public about what we do, and why we do what we do,” Lt. Galvin said.

The event will be from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Clermont Northeastern school campus, located at 2792 US 50 in Batavia.