Winchester plans emergency response exercise

The City of Winchester will hold a full scale emergency exercise on October 1st.

The training exercise will take place at John Handley High School from 8 am to noon and include the city’s public safety departments, public schools, and supporting agencies.

The simulated scenario will involve an active threat at Handley.

The goal is to assess first responders and school staff’s readiness in the event of a threat.

On that date, there will be increased traffic around Handley, John Kerr Elementary, and Quarles Elementary.

There will also be numerous road closures in those areas.

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Community and Safety Fair in Winchester

Bright Futures of Winchester and Frederick County are hosting a Community and Safety Fair today from 11:00 am to 3 pm at James Wood Middle School.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Winchester Fire and Rescue will bring some of their specialty vehicles and law enforcement apparatus for children to learn about and explore.

They will also have live demonstrations with their K9 team and drones.

There will also be music, food, a dunk tank and a kids zone.

An acknowledgment and moment of silence for the attacks on September 11th will take place at noon.

Please bring canned goods or nonperishable food to support the Bright Futures food drive.

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Winchester Fire and Rescue receive Firehouse Subs funding

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Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) announced that they are the recipient of funds from Firehouse Subs.

WFRD has received over $16,000 in Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation funds.

The WFRD used those funds to purchase new multi gas meters to be used in their front line apparatus.

Multi gas meters are used to detect various toxic gases in a location.

These meters are especially useful in tight locations.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awards funding quarterly to help provide safety organizations the equipment they need to help save lives.

Find out more about the foundation the equipment that they help to provide and how you can help with the effort here.

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Community Safety Fair

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Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Bright Futures Frederick-Winchester are coming together for a community safety fair.

The event is held at James Wood Middle School today from 11 am to 3 pm.

This is a great chance to interact with first responders, law enforcement, and military members, check out some of their equipment, and learn some important safety tips.

The Frederick County Sheriff departments K9 team, Winchester Fire and Rescue Drones and Shenandoah Electric will have demonstrations.

Winchester Medical Center will provide hands-on CPR lessons.

There will also be food and craft vendors, music, a Kids Zone, and a dunk tank featuring some community leaders. 

Make sure to bring a nonperishable good for the food drive which will benefit Bright Futures.

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