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June 18--  In an attempt to educate the public about the dangers of South Georgia's high heat and humidity this summer, and public safety in general,  the Vidalia Fire and Police Departments are partnering with Toombs-Montgomery County EMS to hold "Beat the Heat" community safety events in June, July and August.

beattheheat(L-R) VFD Fire Captain Matt Ragan, Toombs-Montgomery EMS Responder Jeff Glaser, Toombs-Montgomery EMS Director Drew James, VPD Major Roger Callaway, VFD Fire Chief Brian Sikes and VPD Corporal Lindsey Reddish. 

Vidalia Fire Chief Brian Sikes says emergency vehicles will be on display at the events with free blood pressure checks and a chance to win a free bicycle with helmet plus car seat inspections and free bottles of water.  The Georgia Department of Transportation is providing "See and Be Seen" armbands and the Georgia Department of Public Health is providing Window Clings-Temperature for kids in cars.

The first event is at Chick-fil-A in Vidalia Saturday, June 29 from one till four p.m.

The second event is Saturday, July 20 from ten a.m. till two p.m. at Lowe's in Vidalia where the Governor's Office of Highway Safety will provide a Car Rollover Simulator and a DUI/Drunk Google Simulation.

The third event is Saturday, August 17 from ten a.m. till two p.m. at Walmart in Vidalia including a Bike Safety Rodeo courtesy of the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Chief Sikes says some of the topics the campaign is focusing on include heat-related problems for the body, senior citizens, pets, fireworks, grilling, outdoor camping, home and bike safety, drinking and driving, texting and driving and seat belt safety.

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