When a fire truck, ambulance, and the Utah Highway Patrol showed up at the Morgan Elementary School, Monday, Aug. 20, it was not because of an emergency. MES held their first and what they hope will become an annual Safety Fair.
“Our goal was to educate our community on ways we can be safe,” said Amanda Webb from the Weber Morgan Health Department. “We also wanted to share resources and promote local programs and services.”
Morgan County Fire taught families about fire safety and let them practice putting out flames. Morgan EMS let children sit in the ambulance while hoping to make it less scary. Boyd Carrigan, Fire Chief/EMS director; Dave Rich, Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal; Erica White, Deputy Chief EMS; Dave Vickers, Fire Warden; Hoss Nobles, Firefighter; David Rich II, Firefighter; Shaun Rose, Firefighter/EMT; Ty Wixom, Firefighter and Brandon Brooks, EMT were all there to teach families about staying safe in their community.
Austin Turner, with the Morgan County Emergency Manager and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office was teaching about emergency preparedness. Trooper Adams of the Utah Highway Patrol brought the Seat Belt Convincer to teach about seat belt safety. After being buckled in the seats, two peopled slowly crash into each other to show the advantages of the seatbelts.
Matt Stuart and Dyson Blackburn from Morgan City Power, taught families about being safe around electricity, especially powerlines.
Tammy Crowther and Todd Anderson from Morgan School District Transportation came with a school bus to remind everyone of bus safety. Crowther reiterated the importance of stopping for flashing lights on a bus. For those who walk and drive to school, Morgan City Elementary School Crossing Guard Kimberly Rich taught about crosswalk safety and how to recognize traffic signs around the city.
Other organizations that came to support the safety fair were Kimalee Crookston from the Weber Human Services Prevention Team, Weber-Morgan Health Department/ Safe Kids Weber-Morgan Coalition, Utah State Parks, East Canyon/Lost Creek and Erin Bott from the Morgan County Library along with Jo Burby from Friends of the Library.
“I sure appreciate our community members and our community partners for making it a successful event,” commented Webb. Working with Morgan Elementary School principal Destiny Field and secretary Karen Straw along with our Morgan Elementary PTO, the event was successfully planned and executed.
The PTO from MES provided fun games, such as plinko, ring toss and corn hole, as a fund raiser for the school. Destiny Field’s MES principal said, “I’m so pleased with the turnout at this year’s safety fair. Amanda Webb with Weber Morgan Health worked closely with our PTSO group to plan and carry out a wonderful evening. Parents and students learned more about how to be safe as they travel to and from school and students enjoyed a huge variety of games and prizes.”
Webb concluded saying, “Together, we can continue to strengthen and build more partnerships and make a positive difference in our Morgan Community.”