Peoria County emergency crews team up to teach kids about safety

By WEEK Reporter

June 18, 2014 Updated Jun 18, 2014 at 10:35 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- More than 20 area emergency response teams were at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie Wednesday night -- but not for reasons you would expect.

Police, fire and medical crews from across Peoria County showed off their equipment to hundreds of eager kids.

Kids were able to sit in a fire truck, get an up close look at what's inside an ambulance and even got sprayed by a fireman's hose.

Parents said this is a good way to teach kids that these are the people they can go to if something is wrong.

"They do a lot of good things for the community, they help out the community. It's definitely something that's a good role model and that they can look up to and feel they can go to them if they ever needed to in an emergency," said Trina Downing, who was at the expo with her three boys.

This was the ninth year for the event.