Delaware County Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with OhioHealth Grady Memorial, hosted Kids Safety Scenes teaching fifth graders the importance of staying safe.
Since 1993 the event has been held every year, said Sean Miller, EMA director.
This year Delaware City and Buckeye Valley students spent Tuesday at the fairgrounds getting first-hand knowledge from first responders on how to avoid potentially bad situations or how to handle one if it occurs.
Dan James, Delaware County’s assistant dog warden, said his role is to teach youngsters how to avoid stray dogs.
“It gives them the chance not to get bit,” he said. “If they follow a couple small things, there’s a good chance of not getting bit.”
James had a special helper that drew the attend of the children. Lucy, a lovable four or five-year-old stray the shelter took in and nursed back to health, was at the site.
“She came in, in a hot mess,” James said. “She’s doing well for as little time I have in her. She likes everything from cats and other dogs to people.”
James said Lucy loved the attention from the kids.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office had a couple of horse-mounted deputies present for the kids to pat.
Hope Ingalls, mounted deputy, said the kids would get the information at the other demonstrations and then come pat the horses.
“Some of the city kids were surprised at the size of the horses because they had never seen one up close.”
The US Army Corp of Engineers from Delaware Lake demonstrated water safety tips.
Greg Feustel, park ranger, told the kids there are three basic rules when it comes to water safety.
“Number one is swim with a buddy. Number two is wear a lifejacket. Three, to reach, throw, but never go if someone is drowning.” Feustel demonstrated using a paddle, a stick or a pool noodle to reach out to a person who may be drowning.
The event also displayed fire and rescue trucks, bicycles, dogs and a helicopter.
The MedFlight crew taught the students how to care for their personal safety when a helicopter lands near them.
“They have a lot of questions about the helicopter and crew,” Amanda Ball, MedFlight public information officer. “We want them to be comfortable with the helicopter.”
Due to an emergency run the kids were treated to close up view of the MedFlight taking off.
D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.