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FCSO fair draws large crowd
Safety day 5
Members of the fire department and sheriff’s office hand out plastic fire helmets to children during the Community Safety Fair Saturday. - photo by Submitted
About 2,000 people joined public safety officials Saturday for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office second annual Community Safety Fair.

The event was co-sponsored by Home Depot and held in the retailer’s parking lot on Market Place Boulevard.

“It was fantastic,” said Courtney Spriggs, a sheriff’s deputy.

She said the event kicked off crime prevention and fire safety month, which is observed in October.

Visitors of all ages were able to check out vehicles and equipment, including two Forsyth County Fire trucks, the sheriff’s crisis negotiation team truck and a Georgia Department of Natural Resources truck and boat.

Members of the fire department’s water rescue unit attended the event, as did representatives with the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program.

The sheriff’s mounted patrol, three dogs from its K-9 unit and members of the sheriff’s Explorer program were also on hand.

Folks had the chance to check out a helicopter used for medical emergencies and pick up information about different programs the sheriff’s office offers.

Spriggs said children got to play on a moonwalk and those ages 5 to 12 got to build fire truck piggy banks during a workshop.