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Inaugural 'Kids Day' Held in Bridgeport

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The City of Bridgeport partnered with the FBI and Take 25 to host the inaugural Kids Day event on Tuesday that was all about safety.

To teach kids about safety, the city of Bridgeport focused on hands-on activities that helped the children learn.

Shaunda Rauch coordinated the event that is part of Bridgeport's Emergency Reach Out Program.

"Every month, we have emergency reach-out events in the city of Bridgeport. They focus on disaster preparedness or threats that our community might face," said Rauch. "We designed Kids Day looking at it, being National Missing Children's Month. We wanted to focus on what steps we could take to make sure our children were better protected."

Kids got to get inside the emergency vehicles, drive a go-cart and learn about impaired driving, and go into a fire safety house that fills with smoke and teaches them what to do in case of a fire.

"The smoke detector goes off, and it shows them the importance of having two ways out and the importance crawling low in smoke. In the bedroom when they come out they come outside on a platform and there's an emergency escape ladder down the side ladder off the porch and down onto the first floor," said Phil Hart with the Bridgeport Fire Department.

Rauch said one of the most important programs at the event was the FBI's digital fingerprinting.

"A lot of times, there is so much lag time whenever a child goes missing or is injured because we don't have proper IDs. We don't have what law enforcement needs to be able to take the steps to bring them home," Rauch said.

The kids got the chance to learn about safety, but have fun at the same time.

"We ate Buffalo Wild Wings, it was really good. We saw the helicopter, and we went in the fire department car," said Allyson Spellman.

"It was fun and it taught us about safety," said Mea Ovolio of Bridgeport.

Rauch said with the great turnout on Tuesday she expects Kids Day to become a stand alone event every year.

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