Sussex County EOC to host 20th annual 9-1-1 Awareness Day

Macho, a Delaware State Police K9, sinks his teeth into the protective sleeve worn by state police Cpl. John Wilson during a demonstration at last year’s 9-1-1 Awareness Day. (Delaware State News file photo

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County’s front lines of emergency services will be front and center for the public to see and better understand later this week.

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center will host its 20th annual 9-1-1 Awareness Day, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday to give the public a behind-the-scenes look at how the facility and first responders serve the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The free event will be held at the public safety complex located at 21911 Rudder Lane, near Georgetown,

This year’s event will feature safety demonstrations and emergency vehicles, from police K-9s subduing pretend perpetrators to fire trucks, EMS units and police units.

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

In addition to tours of the 911 center, displays and activities will include:

• Delaware State Police K-9 team;

• Blades Fire Company Safety House;

• Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office;

• Delaware State Fire School;

• Delaware Emergency Management Agency, and;

• Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

In addition, there will be more than a dozen police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, paramedic units and county and state mobile command centers on display.

The event is sponsored by Sussex County and the Delaware State Police, which jointly operate the 911 center.

For more information, contact George Bixby at 542-6285 or Bailey Millman at 278-5166.

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