New Albany News

Touch-a-Truck will put kids in the driver's seat


Children can find out what it's like to sit in the driver's seat of a snow plow or fire truck during New Albany's second annual Touch-a-Truck event Saturday, Aug. 16.

Last year's inaugural event attracted 1,500 people, said Scott McAfee, a spokesman for the city.

"It was crazy, but it was a great crazy," McAfee said, laughing.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the city's public-service department, 7800 Bevelhymer Road.

The event will be held rain or shine. If it rains, vehicles will be kept in service bays, McAfee said.

This year's event will feature Plain Township fire trucks, New Albany Police Department patrol cars, Rumpke trash trucks and the city's snow plows, leaf collection trucks, street sweepers, hauling trucks and sewer camera truck.

Firefighters, police officers and service workers will be available to answer questions and talk about the equipment they operate.

McAfee said the New Albany Police Department also will provide Ident-A-Kid, a photo and fingerprinting program that helps with child identification in an emergency situation, and Plain Township firefighters will teach children how to safely evacuate a burning building.

"It's a great day for the kids and parents get to see where some of their tax dollars go for the services they receive," McAfee said.

Beverages and hot dogs will be provided.

McAfee said most children would be able to get through all the stations in less than an hour.

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