sirensanddogsActivities abound at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, May 10. Lights! Sirens! Safety! is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum’s parking lot. In the museum’s courtyard, Public Works Week will be celebrated in conjunction with the County Department of Public Works from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lights! Sirens! Safety! is free; all other activities are included with museum general admission. Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be available for purchase.

Lights Sirens Safety

Once a year the parking lot at the county museum is filled with fire trucks, ambulances, police and sheriff cruisers and motorcycles, and more as visitors are invited to meet the emergency crews that help keep us safe. At Lights! Sirens! Safety! visitors will meet emergency and service personnel, climb aboard emergency vehicles, inspect equipment, and watch demonstrations.

Agencies represented (all subject to emergency calls) include San Bernardino County Fire, San Manuel Fire, Redlands Fire, Colton Police Department, San Bernardino County Probation, and San Bernardino Department of Public Health–Animal Control.

Both Animal Control and the Yucaipa Animal Placement Society, a non-profit no-kill animal shelter, will bring dogs and cats for adoption. And between 10 a.m. and noon, Yucaipa Dog Therapy will be on hand to demonstrate how service dogs are trained.

Public Works

Museum visitors can join employees from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Works to recognize National Public Works Week with hands-on exploration and demonstrations in the museum’s courtyard. Create a glider, build a toothpick bridge, explore with the storm drain robot, find yourself with the County Surveyor, learn to keep storm drains clean with Environmental Management, and recycle with Solid Waste Management. Have your photo taken in a giant snowblower. Activities, included with paid museum admission, start at 10 a.m. and continue to 3 p.m.

Started by the American Public Works Association in 1960, National Public Works Week is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as Public Works. APWA’s theme this year is “Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow.”