The Dallas Police will put on Safety Fair 2006 this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6969 McCallum Blvd., and there will be more guys with mustaches and leather boots than a Cedar Springs pride parade
The event will feature static displays and demonstrations from Dallas Police and Fire Departments as well as other City of Dallas service providers. The safety fair will include a fly-over by the police department’s helicopter, a display of the Dallas Fire Rescue’s “Fire House,” police motorcycles and squad cars along with fire trucks and ambulances. There will be a mobile police command post vehicle and displays by SWAT and Canine units.
Dallas MayorLaura Miller, several City Council members and Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle are scheduled to attend.
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