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Greenfield sponsors health fair

GREENFIELD — On Oct. 13, residents will be able to get a flu shot and medical and dental screenings, have their blood pressure checked, watch a K-9, fire extinguishers and auto extraction, and spend some time with Smokey Bear — and it won’t cost them anything.

The Greenfield Health and Fire departments will present their first-ever Health and Safety Fair, which will be held at the fire station on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to residents of Greenfield.

The Health Department, with the help of Greenfield Community College nursing students, will give flu shots to people of all ages, and firefighters will promote National Fire Prevention Week.

Kids activity books will be handed out, and there will be a public health information table set up.

Firefighters will give fire truck tours and teach people how to put out a small fire with a fire extinguisher.

Franklin County Community Health Center will be there doing medical and dental screenings, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be there doing K-9 demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will offer SALT and TRIAD displays and activities for senior citizens, including house numbering and emergency notification.

The Greenfield Public Library will have fire-, police- and health-themed books on display and will have an impromptu storytelling about fire-breathing dragons.

There will also be representatives from the Medical Reserve Corps, Community Emergency Response Team, Disaster Animal Response Team, Mohawk Area Public Health Coalition, Regional Emergency Planning Committee, and Western Massachusetts Homeland Security.

These groups will give on-the-hour trainings at 10 and 11 a.m. and noon.

For more information, contact the Greenfield Health Department at 413-772-1404.

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