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May 24, 2013

EMS Safety Day set Saturday

Area emergency personnel are taking some time to promote safety during National Emergency Medical Service Week.

Safety Day will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. outside the Muskogee Civic Center. While there will be safety information for those of all ages, Muskogee County EMS spokeswoman Mechelle Cruz said there will be events specifically targeted at children, as well.

“There’s going to be a bicycle rodeo for kids,” Cruz said. “They’ll be able to have fun, but beforehand we’re going to teach them all about bicycle safety.”

Cruz said a limited number of bicycles will be on site for use, but she recommends children try and bring their own bikes.

“We’ll go over the importance of reflectors and chains and seats,” Cruz said. “All of the different things you can check on a bike.”

The first 50 children to sign up for the rodeo will receive a free bicycle helmet.

“Also, 12th Street now has bicycle lanes, so we can explain and teach everyone about how to utilize bicycle lanes,” Cruz said.

Cruz said a number of vendors will be on hand to give out safety tips and literature, though exactly who will attend is up in the air following Monday’s deadly tornado in Moore.

“We’re working to find out exactly who can make it because some of the groups we had scheduled to be here got deployed to Moore,” Cruz said.

Weather permitting, Cruz said there would be two helicopters on site. There will also be a drive-through area on site with volunteers accepting donations for victims of the Moore tornado.

“We’re really excited,” Cruz said. “It’s been a number of years since we’ve had a Safety Day event.”

The event will be held in conjunction with the Muskogee Farmers’ Market, which occupies the north end of the Civic Center’s parking lot on Saturday mornings. Cruz said Muskogee County EMS won’t have concessions on hand, but there are usually food vendors there for the farmers’ market.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Safety Day, part of National Emergency Medical Service Week.

WHERE: 425 Boston St.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

ADMISSION: Free.

ETC.: First 50 children who sign up for the bicycle rodeo will receive a free bicycle helmet.

INFORMATION: (918) 683-0130.

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