FARRAGUT, TN -  The Knox County Fire Prevention Bureau - in partnership with the Town of Farragut, Tennova Healthcare, Rural/Metro Fire Department and Ingles Markets - presents the 7th Annual Knox County Fall Fire Prevention Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Turkey Creek Medical Center parking lot at 10820 Parkside Drive in Farragut. This festival is being presented as part of National Fire Prevention Month.

The community is invited to this free event which will feature specialized emergency vehicles from the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Knoxville Fire Department, Knox County Sheriff's Office, Karns and Seymour Volunteer Fire Departments, Rural Metro Fire and EMS, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. Attendees will enjoy appearances by the University of Tennessee Medical Center helicopter as well as the Knox County Sheriff's helicopter and bomb squad robot. Other participating agencies include the American Red Cross, AAA East Tennessee, Tennessee Division of Forestry and Tennessee Highway Patrol.

In addition, participants will see live fire and life safety demonstrations; have children's car seats inspected by Safe Kids of the Greater Knox Area from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; experience an interactive boating safety simulator; and receive one-on-one fire extinguisher training from a firefighter. The event will also offer games and children's activities. Proceeds from food concessions will benefit the American Red Cross of Tennessee Mountain Valley to support their efforts to help families displaced by fires here in Knox County.

"The purpose of the Fall Fire Prevention Festival is two-fold," said Colin Cumesty, Fire Prevention Specialist for the Knox County Fire Prevention Bureau. "First, the Festival allows emergency responders across Knox County to come together to interact with people to showcase their commitment to those we serve. Second, and most of all, the Festival helps educate and engage our neighbors in and around Knox County that they can make a difference in protecting themselves and their families from fire and other life safety emergencies."

For more information about the Festival, join the conversation at www.facebook.com/KCFPB and www.twitter.com/knoxTNFire, or contact Colin at colin.cumesty@knoxcounty.org
or 215-4660.