With the success of the first National Night Out in Hastings last year, Hastings Deputy Police Chief Dale Boulter and his committee took up the challenge of organizing a thousand moving parts to make it all come together again at Tyden Park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 7.
Hastings police officers, Barry County Sheriff’s deputies and Michigan State troopers, area fire department firefighters and ambulance service personnel will bring their equipment and demonstrate what they do in emergency response. The event promotes a sense of community, positive public relations, safety and trust between the public and emergency services personnel that serve them, Boulter said.
Boulter is inviting all Hastings and Barry County residents to the event held nationally every year on the second Tuesday of August. With one meeting of the committee so far, Boulter got the go ahead from the Hastings City Council Tuesday.
Free food, 2,000 hot dogs were purchased last year and handed out to visitors, lots of prizes, games, a dunk tank, a free raffle and a bounce house are part of the evening.
“The night is for them to show people the firefighters and police who are on call for them every day,” Boulter said. “It builds on the police-community partnership, and lets the people meet and talk to emergency services personnel in a casual setting.”
Parking will be eased by Barry County Transit buses to shuttle people to and from various spots around town, including city parking lots. Boulter expects at least the same attendance of 1,500 or more visitors this time around. “We think this is going be another great event.”