ZEBULON — The town’s fire and police departments are ready to show off what they have to offer, and then some.
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the departments will hold their annual Zebulon Night Out event designed to familiarize the public with the services public safety agencies provide. The night is also about bringing the community together for some good, clean fun.
“It’s a way for us to have all the citizens of Zebulon to come together to one safe place so they can learn more about us,” said Zebulon Police Capt. Dennis Brannan. “We usually draw a large crowd not only from Zebulon, but from Franklin and Wake County. It’s very important that we reach out to everyone.”
Free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks will be provided to keep appetites in check as a wide variety of information sharing takes place at the Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 N. Arendell Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Zebulon Community Center, 301 S. Arendell Ave., is the alternative site for the event if weather threatens to interfere, like it did last year.
This year’s Night Out will feature the fire department’s fire prevention program – including fire safety and smoke alarm education and touring the fire safety house – and antique fire truck rides. It will also feature police station tours, the State Bureau of Investigation bomb squad, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program B.A.T. (blood alcohol testing) Mobile and the Wake County Emergency Management command post.
The Wendell Police Department plans to return its fatal vision (a driving while impaired simulation) and texting while driving programs to the event.
Other booths will offer games, child identification and information on community watch, senior citizen and community policing programs. Local businesses and churches have also been invited to take part and share their information.
Through Zebulon Night Out, public safety officials hope to heighten crime and fire prevention awareness and gain support for local anti-crime and safety efforts.
The public has responded to the event since it was first held in Zebulon in the mid-1990s under the name National Night Out. Brannan said a common turnout was about 500 people in those early years, when the event was held in different areas in the community.
In recent years, as the event has been held at mostly town facilities and referred to as Zebulon Night Out, attendance has been closer to 1,000 annually.