GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Saturday was Safety Awareness Day in Grants Pass. Residents young and old came down to the Grants Pass shopping center for the town’s safety day event.
Visitors climbed aboard equipment and vehicles from Grants Pass Fire and Josephine County Search and Rescue.
The Caveman Kiwanis club fitted people for free bike helmets and the event even featured a judo demonstration from River City Martial Arts. Mayor Darin Fowler says as safety budgets thin, citizen safety awareness can go a long way.
“They need to be the first responders, the one on scene who are not professionals need to be equipped to do the right thing first,” said Fowler.
In addition to community awareness events like Safety Day, Mayor Fowler says the town is investing in a sobering center. It could be finished as quickly as nine months, and would provide a place for those who are impaired to recover without taking up jail space.
A similar safety event was held at the South Medford Walmart on Saturday.