Eastham Police and Fire associations sponsor helmet drive

– The Eastham Firemen’s Association, along with the Eastham Permanent Firefighters Local 2975, and the Eastham Police Union are sponsoring a helmet drive to families in need in the community. In a partnership with Idle Times Bike Shop in North Eastham, the 2017 “Eastham Rides Safe” program will provide a free helmet to any Eastham child that may not already have a suitable helmet, or one that is no longer suitable.

According to the website, Safe Kids International, children whose helmets fit poorly are at twice the risk of head injury in a crash compared with children whose helmet fit is excellent. Eastham kids without a bike helmet or currently one that is defective or poorly fitting, can visit the police department or fire station for information on how to obtain a replacement. Families will receive a coupon good for one (1) child’s helmet from Idles Times Bike Shop, in North Eastham. Trained professionals at either shop will then see to it that the child is provided a properly fitted bicycle helmet that meets or exceeds all current safety standards.

“Many families in our community, while seeing the need for safe riding practices, simply may not have the available funds to provide the proper equipment for their children,” said Eastham Firefighter and Program Coordinator Ryan Van Buskirk. “As public servants, this is where we can help.”

Last year, members of the Eastham Fire and Police departments provided new helmets to over 25 local families. With this in mind, members of the Eastham Fire and Police departments would like to wish all of the families of Eastham, a fun and safe summer season. This program is only available to year-round school age children in Eastham for the summer of 2017.

For more information about the 2017 “Eastham Rides Safe” program, contact the Eastham Fire Department at 508-255-2324 x3462 or [email protected].

Media release furnished by Eastham Fire

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