Friday, April 4, 2014
The Flowertown Festival is this weekend and attendees should expect to see an abundance of flowers, games, rides and food – and emergency personnel.
Wendy Lee, deputy director of the Dorchester County Emergency Medical Services, said EMS will be staffing the festival every day from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
“We will staff three posts along Main Street and a crew will be assigned to the ambulance for any transport out of the park,” Lee said.
EMS will have a post near Town Hall/Comman Post, a post at Main/W. 5th S. Street and a post at Main/Joyce.
“We will also have personnel staffing the first aid station – the Hut – for anyone who may not feel well,” Lee added.
Dorchester County EMS has a small bike team that will help access patients that may be on the outer perimeter of the festival.
“We are focused on providing medical care to our citizens and visitors during this event in Downtown Summerville and, of course, maintaining our daily attention on Dorchester County citizens,” Lee said. “Our folks will be easily identified in the bright green/navy blue shirts.”
Jon Rogers, captain of the Summerville Police Department, said the SPD will also be patrolling the festival. Police cadets will be holding a booth for a fundraiser as well.
Rogers said the Flowertown Festival seldom has any issues; there was a fight amongst some kids years ago but otherwise it is a quiet event.
“It’s a family event and we usually don’t have any problems,” he said.
Although Rogers said “quite a few” officers will be at the festival the biggest precaution he has for festival-goers is to secure their property; lock vehicles, do not leave objects like purses in plain sight inside cars, etc.
Rogers also said the same types of rules apply every year at the festival: no pets (sometimes people think this means just dogs; Rogers said it applies to all pets), and the festival is for pedestrian traffic only – so no bikes, scooters, etc.
Along with the pet rule Rogers encourages the public not to leave pets inside cars – leave them at home.
Otherwise Rogers is looking forward to a weekend with warm weather and sunshine.
“It’s a good family event, it really is,” he said. “It’s a pretty good crowd.”