The fifth annual Emergency Service and Safety Awareness Day will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
"Wal-Mart has safety month in October, and this is just a lot of different agencies coming together to promote safety awareness," said Denise Dobbins, secretary of the risk team at Wal-Mart. "Wal-Mart has to have safety awareness, and we also like to include the community."
Agencies such as McDuffie County EMS, City and County Law Enforcement, GBI, MADD, DARE, McDuffie County Dive Team, the Department of Natural Resources, City and County Fire Departments, and McDuffie County Health Department will have booths set up with games, activities and demonstrations.
"This day is not about educating the public about fire safety," said Rick Sewell, Thomson City Fire Chief. "Of course we always want to demonstrate a safer way to live. But this day is for us to display our equipment, shake hands with the public, answer any questions they may have and have fun."
Activities and demonstrations will include K-9, karate, and jaws of life demonstrations, the county fire safety house, the city fire safety robotic unit, a dunking booth, games by Safe Kids Coalition, and weather and environmental health displays. There will be sales of hot dogs, drinks, baked goods, and face-painting. All proceeds will benefit the South East Fire Fighters Burn Foundation, which directly benefits the Still Burn Center at Doctor's hospital.
"It is turning into a fundraising event for them. So it's a way for this community to help them with finances, because most of the people who are burned in this area go to the burn center in Augusta," said Mr. Sewell. "It did not start out as that, it started out as an awareness day. It's grown, and we're very proud of that fact, it's turning into a pretty good annual event."