Safety awareness event slated

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Women of the Moose will conduct its first-ever, free Community Safety Awareness Event/Ice Cream Social for the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Johnstown Moose Family Center.

The center is located at 109 S. Comrie Ave. in Johnstown.

Planned activities at this family-friendly event will include a free bicycle raffle, fire truck demonstration, Smoke House, Rollover Simulator, helicopter, ambulance, finger painting, free helmets, K-9 demonstration, “Sparky the Dalmatian,” child car seat safety demonstration, and an ice cream social.

“I hope the weather holds up and we have a wonderful event,” organizer Patricia Jennings said Thursday.

Jennings said the event — the first of its kind believed to be held at the local Moose lodge — will stress safety and is geared toward families and children. But she notes the event is open to all members of the public.

On hand at the Community Safety Awareness Event will be members and representatives of law enforcement, fire departments, ambulances services and other public safety representatives from throughout Fulton and Montgomery counties. The event will stress the importance of stopping emergencies before they begin, or dealing with them if they do occur.

“It started out as an ice cream social and a bike raffle,” Jennings said.

But she said after the Women of the Moose were in touch with the Johnstown Police Department, the event turned into a bike safety event, further evolving into a larger event about safety in general.

“It just grew and grew,” Jennings said.

One of the unique features will be the Smoke House, Jennings said. This is a “mobile house” used for demonstrations by the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department. She said the house simulates smoke and teaches both parents and kids how to safely exit a residence in the case of a fire.

Jennings said the Rollover Simulator will be demonstrated by state police in Mayfield. She said troopers will show what it is like to be in a vehicle when it is rolling and how motorists can react. The public will be able to try the simulator.

A helicopter will be on the scene from Life Net emergency medical services. Jennings said the Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps will also be at the event with an ambulance the children can see.

The free helmets at the event will be provided by the Johnstown Police Department and the Hagaman fire company.

The Johnstown Police Department will be doing public safety fingerprinting of children.

A K-9 will be on scene, with its handler from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Jennings said.

Jennings said the event is free to attend, but food such as hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be available for a nominal price. Some of the proceeds of the event will go back to Moose organization charities, the organizer said.

For more information on the upcoming Community Safety Awareness Event/Ice Cream Social, the public can contact: (518) 762-8736; or email Information on the event is also available on the Johnstown Moose 1185 Facebook page.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at