Fall Festival 2016: ZPD, ZFD, BCSO partner to present Safety Fair at Zionsville Fall Festival


By Mark Ambrogi

The Fall Festival is a perfect place for the Zionsville Police Dept. to reach Zionsville residents for its safety outreach.

“Where can we reach the most amount of people in an event that is already having such success while still being able to be putting our best foot forward? The Fall Festival was the logical choice,”  said Sgt. Adrian Martin, ZPD public information officer. “We expect anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000, depending on the weather the two days. That’s why we made the switch from National Night Out (an event that promotes community-police partnerships which ZPD previously conducted).”

The Public Safety Fair is from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 11. Joining Zionsville Police Dept. are Boone County Sheriff’s Office and Zionsville Fire Dept.

“Each agency will be there to answer questions,” Martin said.

Martin said his department and BCSO will combine on a K-9 demonstration at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 10.

“The biggest difference is Saturday (Sept. 10) we do more demonstration and life events,” Martin said. “Sunday is more of a personalized experience. It’s a day to provide information on child safety, car seat installs, internet safety, crime watch programs and stuff like that.”

ZFD Deputy Brian Miller said his department has a long history with the Fall Festival.

“Back when I was a kid, the fire department was there,” Miller said. “We’ll have a safety trailer that is an educational prop that we’ll use for in-home fire safety and severe weather safety. We’ll have that available for the public to walk through.”

Miller said children can try on fire department gear and simulate putting out a house  fire.

Miller said ZFD will work with the American Heart Association to present a hands-on CPR program at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 11.

Safety Fair schedule

Sept. 10

  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Open emergency vehicle and police Humvee demo (demo at the ZPD booth)
  • 1 to 1:45 p.m.: Zionsville Fire Dept. equipment demonstration (exposition tent)
  • 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.: Midwest Search Dogs (exposition tent)
  • 2:30 to 3:15  p.m.: K-9 demonstation (provided by ZPD & BCSO, exposition tent)
  • 3:15 to 4 p.m.: Special Response Team presentation (provided by ZPD & BCSO, exposition tent)
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m.: Midwest Search Dogs (exposition tent)
  • 4 to 6 p.m.: Open emergency vehicle and police Humvee (ZPD, ZFD and BCSO booths)

Sept. 11

  • 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Hands on CPR training (by ZFD)