Safety Zone aims to teach in Farmington

Dew Days addition for people young and old

With a jovial, clear, Minnesotan accent, Dan McNulty is happy to talk about the new Safety Zone at Farmington Dew Days.

He’s excited about the summer and bringing a new feature to Dew Days to teach people young and old about being safe.

McNulty is a second-generation retired firefighter who has a passion for teaching youths the art of firefighting.

With his wife Theresa, a former 911 dispatcher and current lead records technician for the Apple Valley Police Department, they have been working with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America in teaching young people how to be safe in case of an emergency.

At Farmington Dew Days, the McNultys will hold demonstrations with fire engines. He’ll also have some of the fire equipment he’s collected over the years, including an engine McNulty purchased from St. Anthony Village, where he started firefighting in 1978 and where his father started in 1956.

The McNultys live in Rosemount and Theresa works in Apple Valley.

The couple are hoping to also use the Dew Days event to recruit youths, both boys and girls, ages 14 to 21 to start a venturing program.

McNulty says they want to give youths the experience of what it’s like to be a firefighter, while also teaching them to work together and learn leadership and responsibility.

The Dew Days event will also focus on teaching families what to do when a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector goes off, how to change the batteries, how to create a family safety plan and escape route, and the importance of having a weather alert radio at home.

As a reward, children and families can spray the firehoses.

They hope to make the experience as realistic as possible; local fire departments have donated equipment (masks, helmets, boots, etc.) so that people can get a true sense of what it’s like to fight fires.

The Safety Zone will be giving demonstrations with the fire engines on the hour Saturday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

More about Dew Days is inside this edition and online at farmingtondewdays.com.

Contact Maren Bauer at [email protected].