October 31, 2014
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Red Bank, Tenn. Firefighters demonstrate the “jaws of life” car-opening tool during the Red Bank Community Safety Expo at BI-LO No. 5427.​

BI-LO store No. 5427 in Red Bank, Tennessee teamed up with the City of Red Bank and other public safety organizations to take a proactive approach toward keeping the community safe.

On Sept. 13, the team hosted the Red Bank Community Safety Expo in the store’s parking lot. This was the second year for the event that focuses on the importance of health and safety awareness, from motor vehicle safety to proper disposal of prescription drugs.

Representatives from the city’s emergency response departments displayed their equipment and answered general safety questions from community members. Emergency response officials said it is important for them to visit with community members in a non-crisis situation to remind them that they are people who care and who are always available to help.

The Red Bank Police Department performed car seat and seatbelt checks, and entered children and senior citizens into the department’s identification system. Those who wanted the challenge had the opportunity to complete a sobriety test while wearing “Fatal Vision” impairment goggles.

The fire department demonstrated an extrication of a vehicle, also known as the “jaws of life,” and gave fire truck tours to children.

BI-LO pharmacist Tony Evans answered questions about prescription drugs and educated community members on the importance of getting the flu vaccine and discarding expired medications.

Two lucky children went home with bicycles that the police department gave away in a raffle, and other vendors raffled off roadside emergency kits, weather radios and more.

BI-LO also provided lunch for vendors and event volunteers.

“We were honored to once again host our neighbors and members of Red Bank community,” said Tommy Taylor, store director. “Our emergency response teams work tirelessly to keep us all safe and it’s important for the community to be reminded of that.”

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