BUCKHANNON — The 2022 Expo, hosted by the Upshur County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was held on Saturday, August 20 at Maniac Mountain. Local firemen brought firetrucks for the children of the community to explore. The local EMS and the HealthNet helicopter were there as well.
The event began at noon and concluded at 5 p.m., but HealthNet had to leave within the first two hours of the event due to an emergency call.
EMS personnel Gloria Burr expressed how happy she was with the turnout of attendees. Although the exact number of people in attendance is unknown, there were people coming in and out consistently during the entire five-hour event.
Firemen had obstacles set up for children to run through to see what it’s like for firemen going through small spaces with lots of smoke from fires. Another station set up was the drunk goggles. Children were able to put the goggles on and attempt to walk a straight line that was painted on the ground in order to experience what it’s like to drink and drive. The goggles portrayed how much your vision is affected when under the influence of alcohol.
Vendors were set up with food available for purchase and there were also hot dogs, drinks, snacks, etc. Maniac Mountain’s 300-foot slip and slide was still set up and fully functional. It was a hot and beautiful day, perfect for a water slide to help cool you off.
It’s always important to support our local first responders. If you couldn’t attend this past weekend’s event don’t worry! More are coming.
On September 3, 2022 from 1 to 3 p.m., Shoe Sensation will have fire trucks parked out front of their store located in Skyline Plaza in Buckhannon. Firemen from Banks District Volunteer Fire Department, Adrian Volunteer Fire Department, Ellamore Volunteer Fire Department, Upshur County’s EMS and a few more departments will be in attendance. More information for this event will be printed in future editions of The Record Delta.
All these local events are to bring attention to local first responders and what they do for our community. Just as much as we need them; they need our help too. Come support them at these upcoming events and have a great time while doing so.