Free event to start with 9-11 memorial service, includes Don’t Miss a Beat CPR training, Red Cross blood drive and demonstrations from public safety agencies

Regional Public Safety Academy Director and Fort Wayne-Allen County Homeland Security Director Bernie Beier and I would like to invite you to the inaugural Public Safety Day Saturday, Sept. 11.

The free, family-friendly event will feature demonstrations and information from local public safety agencies, tours of the Academy and adjacent Safety Village plus Don’t Miss a Beat, the free hands-only CPR training for anyone 12 and older. It will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Public Safety Academy at Southtown Centre.

It will start with a memorial service to remember those who died or were injured in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The Honor Guard will feature members from the Fort Wayne Fire Department, Fort Wayne Police Department, and Indiana State Police.

The terrorist attacks on the day almost nine years ago taught all of us the bravery and heroism of our first responders and the need for each of us to be prepared for emergencies of all kinds. Public Safety Day is an opportunity for you and your family to find out what our local public safety agencies do and learn more about how you can be safer at home, in the car and in the community.

The Three Rivers CPR Task Force will offer free hands-only, non-certified CPR training in the gymnasium at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 that morning. Certified instructors will present the hour-long class. It will teach anyone 12 or older how to give effective chest compressions to adults who have suffered a heart attack or other cardiac emergency. The training uses manikins or special kits. Everyone participating in the training will receive a free CPR practice kit with a training DVD to take home. No pre-registration is needed.

The American Red Cross will have a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Academy. To schedule a blood donation appointment, call (260) 439-8200, (800) RED-CROSS or visit

Agencies and

organizations scheduled to participate include:

•Fort Wayne Police Department with

demonstrations and

emergency vehicle displays

•Fort Wayne Fire Department with demonstrations and apparatus displays

•Three Rivers Ambulance Authority with an ambulance to tour

•Kendallville Fire Department with triage trailer

•Indiana State Police with information about drunk and impaired driving

•American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana Indiana

•Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health with lead screenings

•Lutheran Health Network

•Parkview Health

•St. Joe Township

Fire Department

•Allen County Radio

Amateur Civil Emergency

Service (RACES)

•Crisis Emergency

Response Team (CERT)

•Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control featuring animal safety tips and ordinance information

•Fort Wayne-Allen County

Airport Authority Public

Safety Department

•Fort Wayne Communications with emergency dispatch


•High Performance

Government Network with information for residents to learn how to work with local government to make their community a better and safer place

•Traxide Outreach Inc.

featuring ATV and dirt-bike safety

•Sweetcakes Comedy with face painting and balloon entertainment

•Trine University’s criminal justice and emergency management programs

•Ivy Tech’s public

safety-related programs

•Anthis Career Center’s public safety-related programs

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