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Wednesday, May 14 2014 09:21 AM

Wildfire awareness expo is Saturday

The Kern County Fire Department will hold its Wildfire Awareness Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on Saturday, May 17, at Meadowbrook Park in Golden Hills, 21750 Westwood Blvd.

The expo will provide residents with valuable information on wildfire awareness, emergency preparedness and hazard reduction, according to a KCFD press release.

"It will help raise awareness about the upcoming wildfire season and about preventative measures," said Brandon Hill, public information officer for KCFD.

Residents will have a chance to meet local wildland firefighters. Wildland firefighting equipment will also be on display.

There will be free hot dogs, chips, drinks, and educational materials for children.

Participating organizations will include Kern County Fire Explorers, American Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Teams, Helicopter 408, Fire Safe Councils and Kern County Fire hand crews.

Greater Tehachapi Crime Watch, the Stallion Springs police department and the Kern County Sheriff's Office will hold its own program on child safety, according to a Greater Tehachapi Crime Watch press release.

Parents will be able to obtain a free child ID during child awareness event.

Smokey The Bear and McGruff The Crime Dog will be available for photographs, and activities for children will be scheduled.

Greater Tehachapi Crime Watch will also hand out educational material and hold a fundraiser with chances to win prizes from local businesses and the event's sponsors.

For more information, please contact Kern County Fire Department at 330-0133 or email fireinfo@co.kern.ca.us.

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