PEPPERELL — A growing lineup of public safety institutions from all over the state is coming to Pepperell this fall.
Public Safety Day is scheduled for Sept.10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Town Field.
Pepperell Dispatcher Justin Zink is heading up this year’s event and his itinerary list is growing.
“Our last event had anything and everything one could imagine that is involved with public safety,” he said.
Fire, EMS and police departments from Groton, Townsend, Dunstable and Hollis and Brookline, N.H. are all expected. But, in this day and age, many other services are available to towns.
“All our resources have been more integrated since 9/11, we now have a better incident command systems so every facet works better together and much more smoothly,” Zink says.
Many of these are expected to be on display.
Department of Corrections, Environmental Police, Public Works, Auxiliary Police and a LifeFlight helicopter are a few specialized divisions which will be on display.
The Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council is a partnership between towns to provide service above and beyond the capabilities of small town departments.
Zink says the event expands on the open house the Police Department used to put on.
“It shows what resources are out there that people might not realize,” he says.
Some impressive technology will be showcased too. A mobile 911 call unit which can intercept calls from nearly anywhere is expected to be there.
According to Zink, a decontamination truck from Ayer and the Lions Club Eye-Mobile will be on site as well.
“Last year, they diagnosed people with eye problems they didn’t even know they had,” says Zink
Information booths for an array of topics, such as domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse, is expected. A blood drive and free CPR classes will be offered.
The Pepperell police will be giving away bike helmets and the Fire Department will demonstrate a “control burn”, show how it uses the Jaws of Life and will allow people to try out a fire hose.
Because it is the 10th anniversary of 9/11, State Rep. Shiela Harrington is expected to speak about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.