First Annual Health and Safety Fair a success

Members of the Dobbins Fire Department Tech. Sgt. Michael Benoit, fire fighter, and Mark Berkenmeier, fire inspector, discuss fire safety with Anita Vaughn.

Members of the Dobbins Fire Department Tech. Sgt. Michael Benoit, fire fighter, and Mark Berkenmeier, fire inspector, discuss fire safety with Anita Vaughn.

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- Two top priorities on most people’s agenda are trying to maintain good health and conducting a safe life. On April 13th, these two important aspects of life were presented in an educational atmosphere at the Lakeside Facility. 

This was the Joint Safety and Health Fair, co-chaired by the Dobbins’ Safety Office and the Naval Air Station Atlanta Safety Office, which provided health and safety tips to the community. 

“The fair was a huge success because of all the hard work from the safety office and the Naval Air Station Atlanta,” said Ron Durant, 94th AW ground safety manager. “The fair was also made possible by the joint efforts of all the people involved in the planning and participation of the event which all played an equally important part.” 

Those attending the fair were able to get a massage therapy session, learn about electrical safety and how to properly place a child seat in a vehicle, as well as many other useful tips. 

Some of the volunteers for the fair included Security Forces, Fire Department, the Coast Guard and other safety personnel. Each group brought with them displays and useful tips from years of training and experience. 

The hazard house was one of the unique displays because it enabled people to go into a house and look around and see if they would be able to find safety violations inside of the house. This was just one of the educational tools used to promote safety by the fire department. 

Security Forces had educational pieces that covered road rage and gang violence. Just in time for the summer months, the Coast Guard Auxiliary had a boat demo emphasizing boating safety. 

“Not only was there a vast amount of educational displays and presentations for visitors, we also provided giveaways at the event,” said Mr. Durant. 

Some of the giveaways included $3,000 worth of gift certificates in massage therapy, a free weekend getaway in a cabin at Lake Allatoona, a five-day camper or boat rental, Six Flags Over Georgia tickets, White Water tickets and many other prizes. 

“The committee is very thankful to the donors for the door prizes and we appreciate those who visited the event,” said Mr. Durant.