Community Night Out
TINA L. SCOTT
The Merrill Fire and Police Departments held their 10th annual Community Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Merrill Festival Grounds in the Bierman Building. The event was free and provided residents of all ages the opportunity to learn about community resources.
The evening featured demonstrations and activities hosted by emergency responders, equipment displays, and informational booths representing local organizations. It also provided kids and residents with the chance to ask questions and meet emergency responders in the City of Merrill in a non-emergent setting.
“We want to build a strong, positive relationship with members of our community, and that’s why the Police and Fire Departments partner to host this event each year,” said Josh Klug, Fire Chief for the City of Merrill. “When neighbors are able to meet and connect with one another, and the responders that serve them, Merrill becomes safer and stronger.”
Community booths were located inside the Bierman Building with large equipment and vehicles on display outdoors, and the Aspirus Health’s helicopter even made an appearance.
Community Night Out encourages local agencies and non-profits to unite, meet residents, and share information about community resources. Throughout the nation, Police and Fire departments host Community Night Out in order to bond with community members and encourage people to feel comfortable reaching out if they ever need help or notice something unusual, a press release from the City of Merrill said.
Free bus rides to and from the event were available through the Merrill Transit System.
Next year’s event is already being planned and is scheduled for early August 2023.