KEYSER - You see them racing by and wonder where they are going, whisper a prayer that the people they are helping will be ok, and, your child turns and says to you, “Dad, I'd like to be a fireman.”

For the News Tribune
KEYSER - You see them racing by and wonder where they are going, whisper a prayer that the people they are helping will be ok, and, your child turns and says to you, “Dad, I'd like to be a fireman.”
Well Saturday is your chance to say to a fireman, “I really appreciate what you do!” And your child can be up close and personal with the suit and truck, during the First Responders Expo to be set up in the south side of the Keyser Walmart parking lot from noon until 4 p.m.
Thanks to the vision of New Creek Volunteer Fire Department chief Dusty Amtower, and the good counsel of Mineral County 911 Center director Luke McKenzie, along with the generosity of Walmart manager Gary Smith, the Expo Saturday will also focus on the need for volunteers to train and serve at all of the fire companies across the county. Information on how to begin that process will be available Saturday. Further, the career of firefighter is very rewarding for many and one that can be tracked and certified with a very reasonable time commitment. Those interested in such a career will have great access to knowledge about how to begin.
Crisis prevention and preparedness are important issues also to be brought up Saturday.
September is National Preparedness Month, reminds McKenzie. Along with a lead up to Fire Prevention Month in October, Saturday's Expo will offer your family tips on how to be prepared for emergencies and prevent fire dangers in your home.
The expo is one of the events supported by the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce's Tour of the 7 C's, with hopes that folks from all across Mineral County will come together in New Creek to be thankful for those who stand ready to protect us, enjoy a closer look at the equipment they use, and learn better avenues of behavior that will keep our families safe.