Area first responders educated and entertained families during the annual Emergency Medical Services day at Downtown Conway's Farmers' and Craft Market.
EMS Day was a big success for first responders of Conway and Faulkner County, who were able to meet with families, discuss their work and let children enjoy the responder vehicles.
Children grinned from ear to ear behind the wheel of a police car, fire truck and tractor.
First responders included the Conway Fire Department, Conway’s Emergency Squad, Arkansas Forestry Commission and the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office.
Having EMS Day is an important event for the community and the first responders, according to Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, Erinn Stone.
“We’re here to let people see that we’re here for them, their protection; that we’re not bad people, [and] that we’re fun,” said Stone.
Stone said that in her years with the county, she really enjoys getting out to these events and entertaining families with their “cool cars” and bringing excitement to their day.
Alongside having families explore the first responders’ vehicles, Conway’s Emergency Squad gave children their own IDs at their booth, along with face painting.
Steve Ashcraft, a Conway Fire Department officer expressed his excitement at his first EMS Day for the city.
“I love it,” said Ashcraft. “We show the truck to the kids, interact with the public, and answer all their questions.”
While having the emergency vehicles for families to enjoy and pose for photos, it’s a great opportunity for first responders to promote safety and keep the public aware of who all is involved in keeping their city safe every day.
“I like being able to meet all the people,” said Stone. “It’s a good way to get noticed and get out there.”
Downtown Conway’s Farmers’ and Crafts Market is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 718 Parkway St.