Saugatuck To Host First-Ever "National Night Out" Celebration In Allegan County
Meant to promote partnership and build community between emergency first responders and the community they serve, City of Saugatuck’s Coghlin Park will host the first-ever National Night Out celebration within Allegan County next week Tuesday, August 7.
“What a great opportunity to be a part of the community where folks can come out and meet their firefighters, police officers and first medical responders in a non-stressful, non-emergency, unpleasant situation,” Saugatuck Township Fire District Chief Greg Janik told The Local Observer.
The family event, which will take place at the park 6 p.m.—8 p.m., is a collaboration between the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department, the Saugatuck Township Fire District and the City of Saugatuck.
Besides the opportunity to meet first responders individually, there are other activities being planned for the day: giveaways from the sheriff’s department and fire district, equipment and safety demonstrations, Dog Walker Watch program training and raffles.
The day will also include food, drink and other giveaways for kids from local businesses and organizations.
The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office K-9 and Mounted Patrol teams will be on hand and, courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Division, Smokey the Bear will be making a special guest appearance.
Janik’s department has 22 firefighters—with most being paid-on-call firefighters—that have an emergency medical license and six emergency first responders that have a medical license.
“When it comes to public safety in these times, the key is to be innovative: you have to learn how to work with other agencies,” said Janik. For example, in an emergency situation, firefighters could be doing traffic control and police officers could be putting out a fire using fire extinguishers.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, National Night Out is celebrated by more than 30 million neighbors across 16,000 communities throughout all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide, according to a July 1 press release from Allegan County.
Parking will be available in the city’s Culver Street parking lot across from Coghlin Park.
There will also be a free parking shuttle bus service sponsored by the Saugatuck-Douglas Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to get attendees to and fro.
Additional information can be obtained by calling Saugatuck City Hall at (269) 857-2603.