Perry Public Safety Day and Health Fair lasts until 1 p.m.

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The fifth annual Perry Public Safety Day and Health Fair will last until 1 p.m. Saturday in the Shopko parking lot at First Avenue and Iowa Highway 141, bringing Perry-area youngsters free hands-on experience with tools of police officers, firefighters, ambulance paramedics and public works crews and useful information about the health services available at the Dallas County Hospital.

The exciting Jaws of Life extrication tool will be demonstrated beginning at 11:30 a.m. by the Perry Volunteer Fire Department. Children and adults can also enjoy a simulated house fire and up-close examinations of the working of the fleet of fire trucks.

Kids can use magic markers to inscribe their names on the big blade of the Perry Public Works Department’s new snow plow, and the city’s street sweeper is open for inspection. The flashing lights and blaring sirens of police patrol cars are also drawing youngsters’ attention.

The tents of the Dallas County Health Fair are pitched nearby, with useful information and free testing seervices.

The Perry Elks are also giving away free bicycle helmets, with an elk-headed mascot posing for selfies.

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