Safety Awareness Day Is Saturday

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If a fire breaks out in your carport, or your child is missing, knowing who to call and what to do can make all the difference.

Learn from multiple Rim Country agencies what to do in the event of a crisis this Saturday at the second annual Fire Prevention and Community Safety Awareness Day in the Home Depot parking lot, 2000 N. Beeline Highway, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Retired firefighter Robert Monnich and his wife Garah moved to Payson four years ago from Southern California and started the event after they say they saw a need in the community.

“This is a perfect opportunity for the community to see what these agencies are about,” Monnich said. “There was nothing planned during fire prevention week.”

Fire Prevention Week runs Oct. 5 to 11 and is supported by fire departments across the country. For 85 years, various fire departments have observed the week, making it the longest-running public health and safety observance on record.

At the free Oct. 4 event, there will be demonstrations from nine agencies.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue will do a rope demonstration, the Payson Fire Department will have hose laid out, the Payson Police Department will be doing glass etching for car identification and fingerprinting for children, the Department of Public Safety will have a car rollover simulator set up.

If you ever wondered what it is like to drive drunk, there will be goggles provided, which simulate impairment.

Other agencies include the Hellsgate Fire Department, K-9 unit, Native Air Helicopter and Community Prevention Council.

“We invited all the agencies because they work hand in hand with each other,” Monnich said. “We want people to know what public officials do and how they interact with each other and what they can provide for you.”

Monnich encourages everyone to ask questions to the various agencies and get the answers you need.

Monnich said the Home Depot graciously donated part of the parking lot for the event.

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