Youngsters can get a close look at a vintage fire truck and a brand new garbage truck, plus learn some safety tips this Saturday in Fort Gibson.
A Touch-A-Truck Safety Awareness Day will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort Gibson Youth Baseball Fields. The event is sponsored by the Frank Gladd Sons of the American Legion Squadron 20.
Squadron Commander Richard Stewart said this is the second year the group sponsored this back-to-school "preparedness event."
Stewart said 200 youngsters attended last year's event, held at the Frank Gladd American Legion Post. He said the group needed to expand at the ball fields.
"It's something we're doing to get us involved with the community, as well as teach kids about safety issues," Stewart said. "We're going to get the police to talk to them about stranger danger. Especially with school starting up. We want to get the kids to where they're not afraid to come up to the police and talk to them."
There also will be a variety of vehicles that visitors can tour, maybe even toot a few horns.
The Fort Gibson Fire Department will give a few tips about fire safety, Stewart said. He said he also is working with OG&E to talk about such safety issues as downed power lines.
Stewart said a Fort Gibson school bus seemed to be the biggest draw last year.
"It was brand spanking new," he said. "They had just gotten it for the start of last year's school year. So that was kind of a big thing with the kids."
Fort Gibson Fire Department brought an antique fire truck last year.
"The kids got a real big kick out of that," Stewart said.
The truck is a 1956 pumper unit, which the city bought new in the 1950s, said Fort Gibson Fire Chief Larry Dale Cooper. He said the department shows the unit off in parades.
"The kids just want to get in there, look at it, sit on the seats," Cooper said. "We talk to them, talk about what they pump, what they do."
They also talk with youngsters about not playing with matches, or other safety tips, he said.
Stewart said Fort Gibson Public Works wants to show off its new garbage truck. It is a 2018 Freightliner.
First Flight Tahlequah will show its medical transport helicopter, Stewart said.
Fort Gibson Public Schools will bring a school bus. Bikers Against Child Abuse will bring motorcycles. Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service will bring an ambulance.
Stewart said he is talking with OG&E and area businesses about showing their vehicles.
Muskogee County Emergency Management will have a table.
A disc jockey from Mann and Mann will provide music.
Concessions will include hot dogs, nachos and Bright Ice snow cones.