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Community safety fair fosters trust
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Forsyth County News

Bringing children to Home Depot on Saturday could prove to be as much fun for them as it is for parents.

The Market Place Boulevard location is holding a community safety fair from 9 a.m. to noon that will feature fire truck whistle-building workshops, free identification cards, police cruisers and fire trucks.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office and Fire Department are helping organize the event as part of a Celebrate Safe Communities initiative, a new project designed to kick off crime prevention month.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said "children and fire trucks are a natural pairing."

"Kids love the sights and sounds of fire engines, and it plays into our favor to help teach and promote fire safety," he said.

Sheriff's deputies will talk with children about safety during the event, which also will feature a Children's Healthcare of Atlanta ambulance and a helicopter, weather permitting.

"While the event is intended to draw in more customers to visit the store," said Home Depot communications manager Steve Holmes, "it's also something the Home Depot does to make visiting our store an educational, entertaining and fun experience as well."