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BAUMHOLDER, Germany — Baumholder is combining patriotism and international cooperation for a special Safety Day, held in conjunction with the base’s July Fourth celebration.

Starting at noon on the Fourth, U.S. Army safety officials and their German counterparts will get together for a series of displays and briefings, said Capt. Christopher Rivers, director of emergency services for the 222nd Base Support Battalion’s provost marshal.

German Polizei will be on hand to talk about driving safety and to bring Americans up to speed, so to speak, part of an outreach by the new Baumholder police chief, Rivers said.

“They came to us … two or three months ago … and said they wanted to educate the Americans to German traffic laws,” Rivers said.

Baumholder police will have a patrol car and motorcycle on display, as well as a driving simulator. Parents and kids can get their photos taken with the Polizei, Rivers said. Instructors from the BSB drivers course also will be on hand.

Military police from the provost marshal’s office also will display one of their vehicles and talk about their duties and responsibilities, he said.

German employees of the BSB fire and emergency services will display a fire truck, as well as give fire and jaws-of-life rescue demonstrations. Finally, Safety Day also will include a jumping castle for kids, Rivers said.

The U.S. Army community also is hoping to include more locals, and permanent German employees on base are allowed to sign in four family members or friends for the event, Rivers said.

Safety Day is scheduled to end at 6 p.m., which gives attendees enough time to head for Minnick Field in the center of base for a the 1st Armored Division base’s Fourth of July Party.

Baumholder is just coming off its big Baumholder Days festival, said Jeff Milkes, chief of Baumholder’s community recreation division. “We’re not going to have all the rides, but we’re still going to throw a good party.”

That party includes a fest tent and stage, and there will be hot dogs, hamburgers “and all the normal Fourth of July indulgences,” Milkes said.

The band Empire will play contemporary soul, he said, till after 10 p.m., when fireworks begin over the multi-purpose sports field.

“It’s going to be a pretty considerable event, and the great thing is, people in the area can be almost sitting under the fireworks,” he said. “Last year, people actually lay down on the field and looked straight up at the display.”


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