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Redstone residents learn safety at annual Protection Day

Huntsville Utilities helped with safety demonstrations at Redstone Arsenal's Protection Day. (Source: WAFF) Huntsville Utilities helped with safety demonstrations at Redstone Arsenal's Protection Day. (Source: WAFF)
Safety demonstrations were held at Redstone Arsenal's Protection Day. (Source: WAFF) Safety demonstrations were held at Redstone Arsenal's Protection Day. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Combining safety with a bit of fun was the goal of Redstone Arsenal’s annual Protection Day.

The purpose of the event is to teach those who work and live on the Arsenal how to be safe, whether that comes to power lines, emergency services like police and fire and other resources.

Huntsville Utilities set up demo power lines and generators for training sessions and demonstrations on how to be safe around downed power lines or live electrical wires.

The day started at 10 a.m. and ran until 2 p.m. at the MWR activity field near Gate 10.

WAFF 48 News spoke to one person who brought his grandson to the event. He explained why he feels this event is important.

“It gets you prepared because you never know what's going to happen. Make you aware of things you can do to make yourself safe. Well, it's a good way to spend some time with him so we can continue bonding and stuff," said Gerald Flowers, who held his grandson, Zaylen.

Redstone police also brought in their K-9 unit for demonstrations. They showed those who attended how they use the military working dogs to protect those who live and work on the Arsenal.

Jana Carpenter works on Redstone and brought her daughter, Cate, to enjoy the day. She said her family mostly enjoyed the police dog demonstration and were able to learn at the same time.

“I feel a little bit more aware of our forces we have around our community," said Cate Carpenter.

"And then the safety aspect is important because, I think, a lot of times I think we take our first responders for granted and being safe for granted, being prepared,” said Jana Carpenter.

Protection Day is held every year at Redstone.

This year, along with Huntsville Utilities and Redstone police, they brought in HEMSI, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and other resources.

Fun for the whole family were rock walls, face painting, FBI Hazardous Devices School robots, food trucks and a snake exhibit.

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