05 September 2018
Residents Turn Out to Meet First Responders at National Night Out
Nick Minecci, USAG Public Affairs
Fort Detrick residents gathered at the Balfour Beatty Community Neighborhood Center Area Aug. 7 for an evening full of education and fun at National Night Out – an event tailored towards raising awareness about crime and drug prevention through community engagement.

Last year more than 40 million people in the United States and Canada participated in National Night Out according to the program’s website. National Night Out gives residents the opportunity to interact with the Fort Detrick law enforcement and Fire officers, learning about the various tools that these officials use to effectively keep the community safe. The Fort Detrick Fire Department’s fire truck, for example, proved to be an excellent visual aid in educating attendees about how firefighters fight fire.

Fort Detrick’s Police Department also presented a display of tools that their police officers use on the job, including an “Emergency Response Unit” vehicle and real combat gear, including chemical masks, battering rams and bulletproof helmets.

Since many didn’t know any firefighters or police officers personally, National Night Out allowed attendees to meet the men and women who protect them.

National Night Out also highlighted important personal safety topics through four tent stations run by representatives from Family, Morale Welfare and Recreation, Army Community Services, the Fort Detrick Chapel and the Directorate of Plans Training and Mobilization. These stations provided informational material for the event’s attendees, including brochures and pamphlets for the adults to learn more about preventing domestic and child abuse. In order to appeal to the younger generation, the tent stations also passed out coloring books and small toys.
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