Safety Town makes community impact


By Zach Jones - zjones@civitasmedia.com



Safety Town program participants get a chance to use Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department’s fire house under the direction of volunteer firefighters.

Safety Town program participants get a chance to use Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department’s fire house under the direction of volunteer firefighters.


Safety Town students get a look a medical helicopter on Aug. 7.


Students get a first-hand look at the Air Evac LifeTeam operation.


Children start their Safety Town day by doing the 'hokie pokie'.


Students learn the ins-and-outs of fire safety.


The 2015 Bellville Safety town began this week as participants from around the area filed into the New Life Church, ready for two weeks of individual and community safety lessons.

Students entering kindergarten at Bellville or Butler Elementary this fall have had a week’s worth of lessons ranging from learning how to cross the street to seeing a medical helicopter landing demonstration.

The free event is put on by director Deb Altman, who works closely with the Bellville Police Department to arrange appearances from area public service organizations.

“This is one of the best things about the job,” explained Bellville Police Chief Ron Willey. “It’s a great opportunity to show kids this side of policing and establish a relationship between the force and students.”

Willey and other area law enforcement agencies will teach kids about the role of police next Tuesday at their designated ‘police day’.

“I took over as chief in 2001 and made safety town a priority” he said. “The program works. I have kids approach me in the hallways at school and want to talk.” It teaches kids early about the importance of community policing Wiley stated.

Safety Town runs through Aug. 14 and conclude with a graduation ceremony.

Safety Town program participants get a chance to use Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department’s fire house under the direction of volunteer firefighters.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2015/08/web1_IMG_46211.jpgSafety Town program participants get a chance to use Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department’s fire house under the direction of volunteer firefighters.

Safety Town students get a look a medical helicopter on Aug. 7.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2015/08/web1_IMG_4617.jpgSafety Town students get a look a medical helicopter on Aug. 7.

Students get a first-hand look at the Air Evac LifeTeam operation.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2015/08/web1_IMG_4618.jpgStudents get a first-hand look at the Air Evac LifeTeam operation.

Children start their Safety Town day by doing the ‘hokie pokie’.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2015/08/web1_IMG_4569.jpgChildren start their Safety Town day by doing the ‘hokie pokie’.

Students learn the ins-and-outs of fire safety.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2015/08/web1_IMG_4587.jpgStudents learn the ins-and-outs of fire safety.

By Zach Jones

zjones@civitasmedia.com

Reach Jones on Twitter @Bellville_Jones or via email at zjones@civitasmedia.com

Reach Jones on Twitter @Bellville_Jones or via email at zjones@civitasmedia.com