NEWARK, NJ - City residents will get to meet with first responders during the 35th Annual National Night Out event tomorrow.
The city’s police and fire divisions and Office of Emergency Management will be on hand at West Side Park on South 13th Street from 2 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 7, 2018.
National Night Out was created by the National Association of Town Watch in the 1980s and has blossomed into an annual campaign across municipalities in all 50 states. It’s designed to spread crime and drug prevention and strengthen relationships between police and communities.
This year's event will feature free food, music, bouncy rides, a dunk tank and a rock-climbing wall. The police will show off their emergency services unit, police horses, motorcycles, police boat, bomb truck and command post vehicle. Firefighters will also display their HAZMAT vehicle and vintage fire truck.
And, of course, Sparky the Fire Dog will be greeting families.
The event's sponsors include the Newark NAACP, International Youth Organization, Newark Anti-Violence Coalition, Prudential, Panasonic, Investors Banks, Hispanic Law Enforcement of Essex County and P. Fernicola & Sons.