FIREFIGHTERS IGNITE FUN AND FIRE SAFETY

Delayed a week by weather, volunteer firefighters put on Red Bank’s annual Fire Prevention Fair in the White Street Parking lot Sunday to educate the community about the importance of fire safety. In light of Fire Prevention Week, the event featured drop-and-roll exercises, above, a fire hose display for kids, informational handouts and free food. And oh, the ever-popular stove-fire extinguishment, below. (Photos by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)

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A NIGHT OUT IN FAIR HAVEN AND RED BANK

Four-year-old Zach Halpern gets airborne for a ring toss at the Fair Haven PD’s National Night Out celebration of police and community relations Tuesday. At the Red Bank edition, teens wore goggles to simulate inebriation as they navigated a course of cones in a lesson about drunken driving. (Click to enlarge)

TAKING A BITE OUT OF CRIME

Scenes from the Fair Haven National Night Out in 2009, above, and Red Bank’s 2011 edition, below. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Since 1984, the National Association of Town Watch, a non-profit dedicated to community crime and drug prevention, has been sponsoring one evening a year to promote involvement in local police programs.

National Night Out, held on the first Tuesday in August, is celebrated by more than 15,000 communities nationwide. This year, for the 29th annual event, Red Bank and Fair Haven are among those communities.

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FIRE PREVENTION FAIR RETURNS SUNDAY

fire-fair-2008A young visitor to last year’s edition of the fair came dressed for the occasion, and got a demonstration in putting out a fire.

It’s a party, of sorts, with a serious purpose: to educate and remind Red Bankers how to prevent fires, and how to respond when they occur.

If tradition holds, it will also be the place to get the biggest honkin’ free hamburgers you’re ever likely to bite into.

We’re talking about the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department’s ninth annual Fire Prevention Expo and Free Barbecue, scheduled for Sunday in the White Street parking lot from 11a to 3p. The rain date is Sunday, October 18.
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