Safety Fair displays public services, seeks volunteers

No one denies that emergency services are facing a nation-wide volunteer shortage.

Warren County’s Public Safety Fair is an attempt to do something about it.

The second annual version of the event is set for Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Lowes parking lot in North Warren from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“This is a chance for all ages to learn about public safety,” Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said. “For kids to interact with a fire truck, parents to get safety information, first responders can learn about assets and the list goes on and on.

“With dozens of organizations represented, you’re sure to find the Warren County Public Safety Fair beneficial.”

The idea is to “encourage the public to learn more about the services that their local public safety organizations provide, so we have brought them all to a convenient location. At this event, attendees will have the opportunity to visit booths from each organization and gain an understanding of what each has to offer,” a statement from the commissioner’s office indicates.

“Public trust is very essential to the public and having this events brings several different agencies and entities together to provide a fun-filled learning experience to (the) families and citizens of Warren County,” Chief Deputy Chuck Fetzeck said.

There will be demonstrations and educational presentations from various organizations in Western Pennsylvania including the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Erie Border Patrol, and NWPA Search & Rescue.

“Because of last year’s Public Safety Fair, three inactive emergency responders chose to come back to the fire services, for which we are very grateful,” 911 Deputy Director Ken McCorrison said.

Several local fire departments will be on hand to not only be recognized for their service but to offer education and recruit anyone potentially interested in joining a fire department.

According to the commissioners, anyone with questions about the event can contact McCorrison at 563-2220.