Parma First Responders Mark 20th Year Of Hosting Safety Fair
The City of Parma will host its 20th Safety Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Parma Justice Center, 5555 Powers Blvd. The free community event is open to Parma residents of all ages. Safety experts will offer advice and safety giveaways, including bike helmets, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, while supplies last. The event will run rain or shine. No registration is required.
Several activities are planned, including firefighting, drone and K-9 demonstrations. Free fingerprinting and ID kits will be available for children. Visitors will be able to climb into fire trucks, police cars and ambulances and see first responder equipment up close. There will also be a Kid Zone to help children learn bicycle and pedestrian rules, how to safely board and exit a school bus and what to do during a house fire.
Parma firefighters, EMS workers, animal control and police units, as well as Cleveland Metroparks Mounted Rangers and Ohio State Highway Patrol will be on site to answer questions. For new parents, firefighters will provide instruction about how to properly install child safety restraints in vehicles.
The Safety Fair Committee has asked the University Hospitals AirMed helicopter to visit around 11:30 a.m., but the helicopter’s participation is dependent on the weather and its emergency call schedule.
Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said the fair is educational for the whole family. “The Safety Fair draws a big crowd. Last year when we brought the event back after canceling it in 2020 due to COVID, we saw a huge turnout. This event allows our police and firefighters to interact with residents in a non-emergency setting and provides a fun way for community members to meet our first responders, see safety equipment up close and learn valuable safety tips."
The event is a cooperative effort of the City of Parma, Parma City Council, Fire Department, Police Department and Justice Center.
“With the help of the Safety Fair Committee, Traffic Division Police Sgt. John Porec takes the lead in organizing the vendors and activities and has done an excellent job of growing this event,” said Debbie Lime, Ward 2 councilwoman and Public Safety Committee chairwoman.
Carolyn Johns Kovach
Director of Communications, City of Parma, Mayor's Office