For anyone who’s ever wondered what happens between the call for help and help reaching those in need, Sussex County and the Delaware State Police will host an upcoming event that will give kids and adults alike the 411 on 911.
The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center will host its 15th annual 9-1-1 Awareness Day, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the public safety complex, located at 21911 Rudder Lane, near Georgetown.
Come out for a fun-filled day of safety demonstrations and emergency vehicles on display, from police K-9s subduing pretend perpetrators to fire trucks, EMS units, and police units with their sirens wailing. All activities are free and open to the public.
The event is held each year to give the public a behind-the-scenes look at how the 911 center operates, as well as give citizens a glimpse into how police, firefighters, medical personnel and emergency dispatchers work each day to save lives. The event also attracts hundreds of fifth-grade students from throughout the county, who spend the day watching and taking part in demonstrations that reinforce safety and preparedness.
In addition to tours of the 911 center, displays and activities will include the Delaware State Police K-9 team, the Blades Fire Company Safety House, Vince and Larry (the Crash Test Dummies), the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Delaware State Fire School, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Meantime, there will be more than a dozen police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, paramedic units, and County and State mobile command centers on display.
The event is sponsored by the Sussex County and the Delaware State Police, which jointly operate the 911 center. For more information, contact Richard Short at (302) 855-7802 or Dennis Swain at (302) 855-2980.