JACKSON TWP. The Jackson Township Safety Center held its annual open house last Sunday. Residents from around the township - and the county - came out to see live demonstrations by the fire and police departments.
Kids and their parents were also able to get inside safety vehicles such as fire trucks, police SUVs and ambulances. They got to see special equipment used by both departments including a search activity by K-9 officer Ruger with Patrol Officer Tim Rice.
Kids were able to try on fire gear, spray the fire hose and talk to a firefighter wearing his full gear. And, there were plenty of refreshments to go around with free hot dogs and popcorn.
Many of the kids visiting the Safety Center said they wanted to be a police officer or firefighter. Myra Mehl came dressed in her Halloween costume which was a police officer uniform.
"This is what she picked for her costume this year. We have one family member who is a police officer," said her mother, Sara. "We appreciate everything the police and fire does for us."
Five-year-old Aiden Deubner is certain he wants to be a police officer when he gets older. He was trying out one of the police cars by sitting in the front seat with his grandmother Patty Zajac in the backseat.
"He had a police themed birthday party this year where he asked everyone to dress as a police officer," Zajac said. "He also wants to wear a police uniform for Halloween."
Benny and Daniel were enjoying some popcorn with mom, Alissa, who said the boys’ grandfather was a firefighter for Massillon. Both boys said they had plans to work in a store called BDD.
"The two of them have been planning to open a store with their dad and they are going to name it using the first letters of their first names, Benny, Daniel and Daddy" Alissa said. "They are planning to sell all sorts of stuff. The three of them have a whole business plan put together already."
The parking lot of the Safety Center was parked full of firetrucks, including two of the ladder trucks. Plus, Sparky the Fire Dog was meeting and greeting kids and their parents throughout the afternoon. The event is held annually for township residents to come in and speak to the firefighters and police officers and learn about the trucks and equipment.