By Brandi Makuski
Hundreds turned out for the Safety Fair at Mark Toyota/Scion in Plover on Saturday- the annual event which draws citizens closer to local police and fire organizations.
Plover firefighters taught proper fire extinguisher techniques, working with children as young as 5 years old to extinguish a controlled fire in a makeshift burning pit behind the car dealership.
Rosholt Fire Department was on hand to demonstrate using the jaws of life, reducing a minivan to shreds in the process. The vehicle had been donated to the event by Johnson Towing of Stevens Point.
Several other agencies, include the Portage Co. Ambulance Service, Almond, Bancroft, Plover and Stockton EMS and Hull Fire, also spent the day working with attendees on proper CPR techniques and providing child photo ID and fingerprinting.
Other organizations manned kiosks inside the dealership, to include the Stevens Point Police Dept., Dunkin Donuts, Justice Programs, Portage Co. dispatch, Alzheimer’s Association, the YMCA and Central Wisconsin Sail and Power Squadron. Plover Police Chief was on hand to show off the department’s newly acquired drone, which he said would be used for reconnaissance at traffic accidents and obtaining aerial views of community events like Celebrate Plover.
The Spirit Helicopter, which transports critical patients between accident scenes and various hospitals, was delayed several hours from its schedule 10:30 appearance due to service calls, but did eventually make an appearance.
“I was nervous this morning when I saw the clouds,” said Ken Voss, deputy chief of the Plover Fire Department. “But it’s just a beautiful day. Perfect weather for the families and the kids.”