June 2, 2017 - The community is invited to the fourth annual Ann Arbor Police and Fire Departments Open House. The event is free and takes place Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., along Fifth Avenue, between Huron and Ann streets.
The community can explore fire and police vehicles; meet the Police K–9 unit; watch vehicle extrication and smoke house demonstrations; learn about the Community Emergency Response Team; and more. Free hot dogs and popcorn will be provided.
"The open house is a great opportunity for the city's police and fire personnel to interact with the public," said Ann Arbor Police Chief Jim Baird. "Engaging with the community is a priority, and we look forward to this event each year." The Ann Arbor Police Department also has a community engagement unit with a year-round focus on improving police and community relations. A range of services and activities through this unit help inform and educate about community policing, crime prevention and outreach programs.
Community outreach is an important part of fire services as well. This includes not only fire station tours and ride-alongs, but Safety Town, Fire Prevention Week activities, parades, Firehouse Fridays, ice cream socials and neighborhood block parties — which also promote fire education and prevention.
"Our firefighters and police personnel are proud to serve this community," said Ann Arbor Fire Chief Larry Collins. "Events like the open house help us to build valuable relationships with our residents and those who work and visit here. You can tell, we have just as much fun as the families who attend."
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