Sussex first responders dialing up education, fun at 9-1-1 Awareness Day

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Demonstrations such as this one by the Delaware State Police have been popular attractions at Sussex County’s 9-1-1 Awareness Day. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

GEORGETOWN – Sussex County’s first responders are dialing up a day of education and some fun when it comes to 911.

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center will host its 16th annual 9-1-1 Awareness Day, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 14 at the public safety complex, located at 21911 Rudder Lane, near Georgetown.

The fun-filled event will feature safety demonstrations and emergency vehicles on display, from police K-9s subduing pretend perpetrators to fire trucks, EMS units, and police units with their sirens wailing.

All activities are free and open to the public.

The event is held each year to give the public a behind-the-scenes look at how the 911 center operates, as well as give citizens a glimpse into how police, firefighters, medical personnel and emergency dispatchers work each day to save lives.

The event also attracts hundreds of fifth-grade students from throughout the county, who spend the day watching and taking part in demonstrations that reinforce safety and preparedness.

In addition to tours of the 911 center, displays and activities will include the Delaware State Police K-9 team, the Blades Fire Company Safety House, the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Delaware State Fire School, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

Meantime, there will be more than a dozen police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, paramedic units, and County and State mobile command centers on display.

9-1-1 Awareness Day is sponsored by Sussex County and the Delaware State Police, which jointly operate the 911 center.

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