LAKE PLACID - The Olympic Oval will be a hot place to be on Saturday, Oct. 5 as the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross will recognize National Fire Prevention Month with an Emergency Services Expo and 5K run and a 400M fun run.
Both runs will begin at the Oval with the 5k starting at 9 a.m. and a Kids' 400M Fun Run starting at 9:05 a.m., with the expo running from 8 to 11 a.m., according to Lynn M. Gilbert, executive director of the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross. She said that the event will be great for families and the community to learn more about the first responders who serve the community.
"Since it is a child-based event, it will give kids the opportunity to climb into a fire truck or police car," Gilbert told the News, who added that this is the inaugural 5K run. "We will be joining emergency first responders in the region to showcase emergency responders within the community."
Gilbert told the News that among the agencies that will be at the event are: Essex County Emergency Services (vehicle); Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department (fire truck and plastic hats for kids); Lake Placid Police Department (police vehicle and police badge stickers for kids); New York State Police (simulator and vehicle); Essex County EMS (ambulance and blood pressure screenings); Essex County Sheriff's Department (patrol car, Safe Kids IDs and car seat checks); Essex County Department of Public Health (healthy kids table); and American Red Cross-Preparedness and Disaster (ERV-Disaster Emergency Response Vehicle, Scrubby Bear and Citizen CPR).
"The sheriff will be doing New York Safe Kids ID cards, and it's all free," Gilbert said, explaining that the card will include a child's finger prints, photo, height and weight. "They will also be doing a car seat check on Main Street to make sure seats are installed properly. If not, they will help."
Gilbert termed the event as "very exciting."
She said that Essex County Department of Public Health will be filming an online live program about healthy families and besides having coloring books for children, they will also be doing a pre-school program to teach kids how to wash their hands to prevent decease. For adults, the will provide citizen CPR instruction for those who have never taken a full CPR course.
"It's a hands-only method and you can learn how to stabilize," she said.
As for the Red Cross' display, she said the agency will have the ERV-Disaster Emergency Response Vehicle, which is used during disasters. Gilbert said there will be a sad note to the event, as the expo and race will be dedicated to former North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross board member Patrick Akey, who recently lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. His son will be taking part in the 5K in memory of his father.
Gilbert, who grew up in Saranac Lake, told the News part of the reason the Red Cross has organized the Emergency Services Expo is to help publicize the agency and what they do to help the community. She said it's been a while since she last saw the Red Cross logo in the region.
"People do not know what we are doing, and this is a way to get us out there" she told the News.
But the day will not be limited to just an expo and runs. The Lake Placid Pub & Brewery has partnered with the Red Cross to host an Oktoberfest After Party at noon, complete with two bands and German food.
Also scheduled to be on hand will be Congressman Bill Owens, Sen. Betty Little and Assemblyman Dan Stec, as well as Mayor Craig Randall and Essex County Chairman of Supervisors Randy Douglass, who will join Gilbert at the starting line.
For more information, call the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross office at 518-561-7280.