The Helena-West Helena Fire Department and Wal-Mart held their annual joint Community Awareness and Prevention Day last Saturday, August 22.

The Helena-West Helena Fire Department and Wal-Mart held their annual joint Community Awareness and Prevention Day last Saturday, August 22. 

The local fire department raised funds, throughout the year, in order to host this free event. Despite the rain, many showed up to enjoy the festivities and get needed school supplies. Some of the fun activities included a bouncer, a dunk tank, an obstacle course, golf, drawings and the Fatal Vision go-cart.

Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Drug and Alcohol Safety Education Program set up an information booth regarding the dangers of drinking and driving as well as information on drugs.  DASEP also was there to give a first-hand demonstration of driving impaired by allowing the community to drive the Fatal Vision go-cart while wearing the Fatal Vision alcohol goggles, drug impaired goggles as well as the Traumatic Brain Injury goggles.

Desi Sims braved each ride with the kids and educated them while they drove the go-cart. Pafford Ambulance Service also set up an information tent and was there to share safety tip and give away school supplies.

Firefighter Derrick Fluker stated, “On behalf of the Helena-West Helena Fire Department, we would like to thank those that volunteered to be a part of this event. This was a successful event and the sponsors plan to continue this event annually.”