Public gets behind the scenes look at emergency responders' equipment

South Bend, Ind. Folks got a behind the scenes look at the heroic work our first responders do.

Emergency crews took over Howard Park Saturday morning for Indiana District Two's first ever Public Safety Fair.

The event gives ordinary citizens a chance to see how they handle extraordinary situations.

From bomb squad trucks to a mass casualty trailer, emergency equipment was on display showing the community what they're trained on and how they can save lives.

“Basically just to show them what's out there and also to put it in their mind - be prepared,” said Rick Tripp, with the St. Joseph Co. Emergency Management Agency. “Have a preparedness kit, be ready if something does happen and be able to sustain yourself and your family - have a plan.”

Much of the emergency gear on display at today's event was funded by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

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