HOLDEN, Mass. — The Holden Police and Fire Departments opened the doors of their public safety building to families this Sunday for their annual Public Safety Day to show off their new home and the advantages the state-of-the-art facility has brought the community.
From the increased space for training and vehicles to the updated dispatch center, the building was on display while the event also gave officers and firefighters the chance to demonstrate the tools and processes that help them do their jobs every day.
Officer Jason Consiglio, for instance, shared the police department’s weapons, which included both non-lethal options of Tasers and paintball guns that load “pepperballs,” their standard issue sidearm, as well as shotguns and semi-automatic rifles.
Consiglio said since June of last year, Holden's police officers have been trained in the use of Tasers as a non-lethal alternative, a device that also allows them to avoid injury by being able to disable a threat from a safe distance.
Officer Mike Braley was also there to guide residents through the prisoner processing area and also to give junior officer status to the young kids exploring the new station.
Upstairs, the fire department had its fleet of life-saving vehicles on display for children to crawl through, Holden CERT ran a scavenger hunt and awarded a preparedness kit, and the young squad of Holden Explorers demonstrated fire-prevention techniques for families to better guard their homes.
The day closed with a demonstration of a vehicle extrication, with firefighters using their tools to cut apart and peel open an old sedan like it was a can of soup.