Touch a Truck comes to Ephrata this weekend

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Columbia Basin Herald/file photo Kids (and their stuffed toys) got a chance to sit in a LifeFlight helicopter at a previous ‘Touch a Truck’ event in Ephrata. This year’s event is tomorrow.

EPHRATA — If you want to see first-hand what some of the county’s finest firefighting and law enforcement equipment looks like, then Saturday will be your day.

The Ephrata Fire Department is staging its annual “Touch a Truck” event on Saturday, May 11, at the Splash Zone in Ephrata from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to Ephrata Fire Chief Jeremy Burns, this year’s Touch a Truck will feature two helicopters — one from Life Flight and one from Airlift Northwest — as well as units from Grant County fire districts 3, 5 and 13 and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

There will also be a “junior firefighter obstacle course,” Burns said.

Burns said the Ephrata Fire Department has held its “Touch a Truck” events as a way of giving kids, mostly, a safe way to get “some hands on time” with firetrucks and other vehicles and equipment.

“We do this for public education and outreach,” Burns said. “And maybe we can get some folks interested in volunteering to become firefighters.”

— Staff report

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