Eastham Fire and Police associations sponsor helmet drive

EASTHAM – The Eastham Firemen’s Association, along with the Eastham Permanent Firefighters Local 2975, and the Eastham Police Union are sponsoring a helmet drive for families in need in the community. In a partnership with Idle Times Bike Shop in North Eastham, as well as Little Capistrano Bike Shop in Eastham, the 2016 “Eastham Rides Safe” program will provide a free helmet to any Eastham child that may not already have a suitable helmet.

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 child’s helmet from Idles Times Bike Shop in North Eastham or Little Capistrano Bike Shop in 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/Paramedic and Program Coordinator Ryan Van Buskirk. “As public servants, this is where we can help.” In its inaugural year, this program is only available to year-round school-age children in Eastham for the summer of 2016. 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.

For more information about the 2016 “Eastham Rides Safe” program, contact the Eastham Fire Department at (508)255-2324 x3462 or firesafety@easthamfire.org.

Media release furnished by Eastham Fire

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