The City of Palm Coast hosted Touch a Truck event at Central Park in Town Center on Friday, March 11.
“Almost every day when I am out working on the side of a road kids will stop and stare in awe at the big trucks and equipment.”
CJ Johnston, equipment operator
Kids of all ages had a unique opportunity to get up close and sit inside of a Flagler County fire engine, police vehicle and a waste management truck on Friday, March 11, at Central Park in Town Center before the showing of the featured film “Max.”
Children and their parents asked the city employees a million questions about the various parts and inner workings of the machinery and ogled over the height of a fully extended fire engine ladder. The event gave the youngsters a better idea of what all of those toggles and switches are used for on a daily basis.
“When I was a kid and saw a firetruck go past I would get excited,” Firefighter Paramedic Patrick Shakes said. “Seeing these trucks up close, it gives them something to aspire towards,” added Shakes as he bent down to give a little boy a plastic red helmet.
“He has been looking forward to this event for a week,” said Lynnette Capriotti, the two-year-old boy’s grandmother. “Firefighting runs in Jack’s family. On both sides he has great-grandfathers who were firefighters. He even insisted on wearing his special fire engine shirt.”