Emergency Fest offers serious fun
by Allison Haver
Hosted by the Watauga Fire Fighters Association, the festival offers an informative and relaxed atmosphere for children and families to learn about safety, as well as become familiar with emergency vehicles and personnel.
"Not only is it fun for kids and families, but it also gets kids familiar with emergency vehicles and personnel and learn how and when to call 911 in a relaxed and fun setting," said Amy Flieg, prevention specialist with the Boone Fire Department.
The free event will display local emergency vehicles, such as fire trucks, police cars and ambulances, in the Raley parking lot on Appalachian State University's campus where the festival takes place.
Helicopters from WINGS air rescue and Carolina's Medical Center will also be present for families to get an up-close view.
Other emergency personnel will be at the festival, including the Wilkes County's bomb squad and the HAZMAT team out of Asheville.
A new feature of the festival is a bike and pedestrian safety presentation from the N.C. Office of the State Fire Marshal, according to Flieg.
"Boone Area Cyclists have volunteered to help with the presentation by teaching participating children things such as bike safety and how to properly wear a helmet.
This year will also feature a scavenger hunt where participants will need to find 10 items or answer questions to receive a prize," she said.
"The festival will go on rain or shine," Flieg said. "We always have a really good turnout and we are hoping by adding a few things this year even more people will come out."