New Albany News

City's event lets children explore heavy equipment


Children of all ages can sit in a fire truck, a police cruiser, a trash truck or a heavy dump truck from 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the New Albany Public Service Department, 7800 Bevelhymer Road.

"Gahanna's been doing it a long time," said Mark Nemec, director of public services. "Once we got big enough, where we have the staff and equipment, we wanted to do it for New Albany."

Nemec said the event, called Touch a Truck, features equipment from the Plain Township Fire Department, New Albany Police Department and Rumpke Consolidated Co., plus about 13 pieces of equipment owned by the service department.

Nemec said the service department equipment includes a backhoe, a heavy dump truck, a bucket truck and street sweepers.

Representatives will answer questions about each vehicle, said city spokesman Scott McAfee.

McAfee said there will be several other activities at the event.

The New Albany Police Department will offer fingerprinting for children, called Ident-a-Kid, and the Plain Township Fire Department will give tours of the fire-safety house, which teaches people how to react and escape a burning home.

Nemec said the service department will provide free hot dogs to the first 200 people.

McAfee said the event will be held rain or shine. If it rains, the vehicles will be kept inside the service department building.