Children were able to get inside emergency vehicles to learn about safety at the Children's Safety Expo/Copyright 2015 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
An ambulance, a fire truck, a medical helicopter, and more were all at East Moline's Glenview Middle School, but surprisingly, there was no emergency. As children, we were all taught "safety first." At Saturday's event in East Moline, children are not only learning the value of safety, but they get to actually see what local community members are doing to keep them safe.
"I want her to know general safety rules and it's kind of the ground work for what we want to set for her with uh, knowing how to be safe at home and in the community," said Kim Priaulx, a local mom.
Priaulx brought her 4-year-old daughter to the children's safety expo, and they walked away with more than just info, the kids got to actually go inside emergency vehicles to learn about them.
"In case of an emergency, god forbid it ever happens, that they would, they would have some kind of knowledge of what goes on in the back. They wouldn't be scared to be in the back," said Chris Thompson, an ambulance EMT.
"They would have some idea of, hey you know, I talked to those guys, I actually got to wear that mask, they know that, what we're capable of doing," said Mark Poulos, a diver with Big River Rescue.
Neil Anderson is the state senator holding the event, and thinks this sort of event, with this many community organizations represented is invaluable.
"It's just a lot for kids to be able to see and take it, it's a lot for parents to gain some knowledge about what's in our community and what they can take advantage of. And you know, all the trucks out front, kids love to see that," Anderson said.
The Childrens Safety Expo will continue as an annual event to help keep children safe and give them potentially life-saving advice.
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