The Oak Ridge fire and police departments, in partnership with the Oak Ridge Neighborhood Watch Program, will hold this year’s Fire and Crime Prevention Celebration on Saturday.
Everyone is invited to participate and support this free event, which combines the police department’s annual National Night Out and the fire department’s Fire Prevention Parade into one big community celebration, a press release said.
The event will kick off with a parade (weather permitting) at 11 a.m. at Oak Ridge Fire Department Fire Station 3 on Tuskegee Drive. Following the parade, the celebration in Alvin K. Bissell Park is expected to begin around noon, and it will include food, emergency services equipment displays, a mobile video game theater, bounce houses, safety information booths, and police/fire demonstrations, the press release said.
Drivers can expect lane closures along the parade route, which crosses over South Illinois Avenue from Tuskegee Drive and onto South Tulane Avenue before turning onto Oak Ridge Turnpike on the way to the Oak Ridge Civic Center’s west parking lot, the press release said. The Oak Ridge Police Department will have officers positioned at the affected intersections to assist with traffic control. Lane closures will be in effect from about 10 a.m. until noon.
New this year, a fundraiser organized by the United Way of Anderson County will help decide which public safety chief gets to go in the dunk tank at the event—Oak Ridge Police Chief Robin Smith or Oak Ridge Fire Chief Darryl Kerley. Donations can be made online at bit.ly/ORShopWithAHero, and a pick for the dunk tank participant can be included in the comments. All money raised by United Way will support the Shop with a Hero event in Oak Ridge later this year.
Please note that rain may force the cancellation of the Fire and Crime Prevention Parade, the press release said. However, many of the activities, information booths, and demonstrations can be moved indoors to the Civic Center gymnasium if the weather is not good.
Questions can be directed to the Oak Ridge Fire Department at (865) 425-3520.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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