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Firemen planning safety day

COAL GROVE — For children and adults alike, it’s all about education and fun at Coal Grove and Upper Township’s Fire Safety Day.

The annual event set for Oct. 13, put on by the two volunteer fire departments, will offer information from local fire departments, law enforcement, county and health agencies.

“The main part of safety day is education,” said Gary Sherman, chief of the Coal Grove VFD. “There is a lot education that takes place that day, from multiple agencies.”

And for the children it is a chance to show what they are made of when they participate in the kid’s firefighter challenge.

“That’s always a big hit,” Sherman said. “I know the guys get worn out from all the kids that go through there.”

The challenge lets little ones compete in an inflatable obstacle course, rescue a dummy and try their hand at hooking a hose to a hydrant and putting out a “fire” on a house.

Sherman said details of the event are still in the works, but he is hoping to bring back some of last year’s highlights.

“Last year (law enforcement) actually brought some confiscated marijuana and put it in one of the cars and let the dog do its thing for real and fake arrested one of the fire fighters,” Sherman said. “It was pretty cool.”

The event will kick off with a parade at 10 a.m. that ends at the school board office field. Thanks to community business donations, there will be free hot dogs and beans.

“Everything we get is donated and we don’t earn a penny for this,” Sherman said.