This Saturday, the City of Perry and Dallas County Hospital are joining forces to present the first annual Public Health and Safety Day.

The event is the combination of Public Safety Day and the Public Health Fair from years past, and like those previous events it will be held in the Perry Hy-Vee parking lot. The program will run from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and the City and County plan on bringing vehicles of all kinds for attendees to “Touch a Truck.” There will be vehicles from the Perry Police and Fire departments, parks and recreation and public works, and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Medical Services. Additionally, there may be an appearance from the MercyOne Air Ambulance.

Combined with that, there will be lots of information and activities provided by the hospital and Dallas County Public Health, particularly for those needing to know school requirements. Perry Police Chief Eric Vaughn says he’s excited to expand Public Safety Day to include the health aspect, as he believes it will draw a bigger crowd. “It’s a great way to get a larger number of people out there, so we can just have that connection with people. And if they have questions that maybe they normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to ask — or kids have an opportunity to ask why we maybe have the things in the car that we do, and maybe what we wear on our belt — it’s just a good way that we can communicate with the public, and reach out to them and get to know them.”

Additionally, the Raccoon Valley Radio Big Red Radio will be at Public Health and Safety Day to broadcast live, play music in the Hy-Vee parking lot, and provide public address services. The event is free to attend and open to the public.