ALBANY, N.Y. — Mohawk Ambulance Service partnered with local community agencies to offer the Second Annual Summer Safety Day to Capital Region children and families on Wednesday, June 29 at Albany’s Swinburne Park. The free event featureed a variety of displays and experts from participating organizations giving presentations and tips on staying safe this summer season.
Attendees learned about car, bicycle, pedestrian, water and fire safety while enjoying giveaways, healthy snacks, face painting and music from JAMZ 96.3. Children were able to take home Operation SAFE Child identification cards courtesy of the Albany Police Department. Free raffles also sent a few attendees home with disaster preparedness backpacks donated by Albany County Citizen Corps. “Otto the Auto” also made an appearance courtesy of AAA Hudson Valley.
“We want to remind children to be aware of their surroundings and potential dangers that go along with their favorite summer activities. This event conveys those messages in a fun and interactive manner,” said James P. McPartlon, president, Mohawk Ambulance Service. “We’ve added a number of new partners this year and we’re thrilled with the amount of growth we’ve achieved in just our second year of hosting Summer Safety Day. I’d like to sincerely thank our partners for their participation.”
Representatives from partnering agencies included the New York State Police, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Albany County Sheriff’s Office, Albany Police Department, Albany Police Athletic League, Albany Fire Department, Albany County Department of Public Works, City of Albany Department of Recreation Youth and Workforce Services, Albany County Citizen Corps, Albany Community Action Partnership, Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany, Albany Housing Authority, American Red Cross of Eastern New York, and Cole’s Collision Centers.
“Through collaborative efforts, events like Summer Safety Day continue to educate the members of our community on the importance of safety – especially in the summer months as they offer many opportunities for outdoor activities,” said Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox. “I’d like to thank the dedicated staff at Mohawk Ambulance Service for organizing this event again this year and the many agencies who are working together to promote a safe community.”