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Flagler Sheriff's first Safety Expo draws 1,000 locals

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Kids could visit K9 units and explore the Marine/Beaches' Jeep and airboat.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office hosted its first annual Safety Expo on Saturday, April 13, at the European Village in Palm Coast. Over 1,000 local residents and children stopped by to learn important safety information and see exhibits from the FCSO and its partners in safety in Flagler County, according to a press release from FCSO.

Children were able to be fingerprinted by COP volunteers, emergency response equipment and vehicles were on display and the FCSO Marine/Beaches' Jeep and airboat were able to be explored. The Flagler Sheriff’s Police Athletic League had fun for the kids with tug-of-war, giant connect four, hula-hoops, giant checkers and more. An enormous Smokey the Bear made for a great photo opportunity, as did Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s 3-year old alligator. FCSO K9 Units were there with the stars of the show, Baro and Valor. 

The most enticing exhibit at the Safety Expo appeared to be FCSO’s “Shoot or Don’t Shoot” simulator, the release states. This high-tech target simulation allowed visitors (ages 16 and up) to train like the pros and see firsthand what it’s like to be a deputy having to make split-second decisions in a safe and controlled environment. The line for this display lasted long after the 2 p.m. end of the expo. 

The first 100 attendees received free gift bags loaded with valuable safety information and goodies. Every hour, Sheriff Rick Staly hosted a special Safety Expo edition of Fugitive Friday Bingo where winners received a free ring video doorbell and runner-ups received a free gun lock. 

“I want to thank all of our partners in safety for joining us and helping make the first annual FCSO Safety Expo a great success,” Staly said in the release. “I hope that those who attended feel they got to know their Sheriff’s Office better, but for those who didn’t attend I hope you will make plans to attend next year. Thank you to all of the businesses in European Village for welcoming us into your venue.”

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