North Logan will host its first Touch-A-Truck event, where children will have the opportunity to get up close with the different vehicles used by various city departments from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Elk Ridge Park.
“It’s a good opportunity for the kids to, well, as the title says, touch the trucks,” said North Logan Fire Department Assistant Chief Jason Killinen. “They’ll get to climb inside.”
North Logan intern John Mills said the idea for the event came to him after watching neighborhood kids react to machinery on the road.
“I’m sometimes driving big tractors down the road and I’ve always seen kids, you know, stop what they’re doing and watch a big vehicle drive by,” Mills said. “But they never have the opportunity to go up and actually see and explore and learn about these vehicles, so I thought why not give them an opportunity to do so?”
The event, which is open and free to the public, will feature a fire engine, an ambulance, police cars, construction vehicles and a MountainStar Health Air Care helicopter, according to Mills.
Some of the departments will have representatives allowing the kids get into the vehicles while educating them on the vehicles’ functions.
“They’ll be able to see, touch and explore all these vehicles,” Mills said.
The North Logan Fire Department will be demonstrating extrication techniques using hydraulic tools also known as the “jaws of life,” according to Killinen.
“We’ll get to show what happens at a car accident scene and hopefully educate the kids and public on what it is we do,” Killinen said.
Killinen said he hopes the event will expose the kids to the jobs the city has to offer in different departments.
“I don’t think kids have a lot of opportunities to, I guess, see … how a city actually works,” Killinen said. “To get the different departments together with their vehicles, I think the tactile part of it will help raise the interest in the kids to look around at different vocations.”
Mills said the city hopes to make Touch-A-Truck into an annual event. The fire department hopes to continue participation, as well.
“We’re just happy we were invited,” Killinen said. “Any chance we get to interact with the public is a positive experience for us.”