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Emergency PreparednessDay activities set for mall

August 26, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

This year's Citizen Emergency Preparedness Day activities on Saturday, Sept. 11, will combine 9/11 tributes with demonstrations and displays on how people can protect themselves.

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with the planting of four trees at Hagerstown City Park - one each for career firefighters, law enforcement officers, volunteer fire and ambulance personnel and active military.

Trees have been donated by local businesses and citizens.

From the park, there will be a procession to Valley Mall with all fire, emergency medical, law enforcement and military agencies invited to contribute one marked unit. No streets will be closed.

At 10 a.m., a wreath-laying ceremony with music and proclamation readings will be held at Remembrance Wall in the center mall.

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Volunteer fire and rescue agencies will conduct recruitment drives at the mall.

CPR training by the Washington County Red Cross chapter will be held at the Hagerstown Community College facility at the mall. To register call 240-313-2930.

Two demonstrations of community emergency response training will be held on the parking lot at J.C. Penney's. Citizen sign-up will be available.

Video displays will be positioned through the mall on Sept. 11.

The events are being sponsored by Washington County Emergency Services in collaboration with the Citizen Corp and Partners in Preparedness.

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