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Kids invited to "Touch-a-Truck"

Submitted Wed, 07/11/2012 - 8:02am by Andy Alm

Kids of all ages this weekend will have the chance to see up close, and touch, dozens of trucks and heavy equipment.  “Touch-a-Truck” is presented by the Crawford County chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters boss Paula Lynch says the event helps get kids acquainted with emergency vehicles so they won’t be so scary:

“It helps young children learn a little bit more about agency vehicles, and it also takes a little bit of the fear away during a stressful situation.  They are already aware of the vehicles and the sirens.  It takes a little bit of the edge off of a real life emergency.”

Lynch says vehicles from the Forestry Department, PennDOT, the State Police, local fire departments, the SCUBA team, Crawford County Drug and Alcohol, and Meadville Ambulance are expected to be there, along with such characters as Smokey the Bear and Bobber the Water Safety Dog.

This free event will be happening Saturday from 10AM to 2PM at Colonel Crawford Park.  For more information call the Big Brothers Big Sisters at814-724-8589.