Fire Truck Tower Rides to Headline 2019 Katy Area Safety Fest

One of ESD 48’s tower trucks. Metro photo

KATY (Covering Katy News) – Have you ever wondered what it’s like to stand inside the box of a firefighting tower truck as it rises above the ground? If so, you’ll get your chance at this year’s Katy Area Safety Fest on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers are still putting together all of the details for the annual event, but they do expect two tower trucks to be on hand for kids and adults to ride. This will be a first for an event that gets bigger and better every year.

There is no admission to Safety Fest, but there will be a charge to ride in the towers. Lt. Simon VanDyke of the Harris County Emergency Services District Fire Department is one of the organizers. He says Safety Fest is an expensive but worthy event and that ticket sales for the tower rides will help defray the operating costs of Safety Fest.

There are eight fire departments in the Katy area. Many people don’t know which department serves them. Safety Fest was born to help the community get better acquainted with their first responders and learn a few things about staying safe.

“The goal is that when people come they will learn something and there will be a behavioral change,” VanDyke said.

Among the things that many people don’t know is that smoke detectors have a life span of about 10 years. After 10 years they may not work properly. If Safety Fest can convince people to replace their old smoke detectors it will have encouraged a behavioral change that VanDyke says is potentially lifesaving.

The Katy Area Safety Fest is held in the parking lot of Typhoon Texas, which is located at 5555 Katy Fort Bend Road, near the Katy Mills Mall.

Numerous public safety organizations are expected to attend. Once again there will be a lot of fire and police apparatus available to see. The popular public safety helicopters are expected to return again this year, and there will likely be armored vehicles on display too.

Covering Katy will provide more details about the event as they are made available.

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