BERTRAM — Bertram Police Chief Doug Wall is looking forward to a big night Oct. 7, but in a good way.
The Bertram department and other community first responders are participating in National Night Out, a chance for residents to come out and meet emergency personnel as well as each other.
“We’re going to have a big turnout, hopefully, this year,” Wall said. It’s his first National Night Out as the Bertram police chief. “It will be fun showing the new squad cars and fire trucks we have.”
National Night Out started as a way to get neighborhood residents to get out of their homes and meet each other. Organizers said one of the best ways to prevent crime is through neighbors watching out for neighbors. Since its early days, law enforcement and first responders have also used it as a way to meet the community members who they serve and protect.
Across the Highland Lakes, law enforcement and emergency responders are holding events and inviting people to come out, meet one another and interact with police, fire and EMS as well as others.
Bertram’s National Night Out is taking place at the Bertram Elementary School, 315 Main St. in Bertram, from 6-8 p.m.
Along with a display of fire, police and fire responder equipment, the Betram event features a foam dance party. There also will be a few vendors and free cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, nachos and drinks (as long as they last.) Organizers will also give away some T-shirts on a first-come, first-served basis.
In Burnet, the police and fire departments are setting up their National Night Out in Wallace Riddell Pavilion on Texas 29 (east side of Burnet) from 6-8 p.m. It’s right next to the police department.
The department will have lots of activities, including fingerprinting, safety identification kits and safety education items. There also will be free hot dogs as well as a bounce house.
In Marble Falls, the police, fire and EMS are setting up shop in Johnson Park from 6-8 p.m. as well. The park is located at 230 South Ave. J in Marble Falls.
Organizers are setting up fire trucks, police cruisers, ambulances and lots of other equipment and displays under the park’s pecan trees. There will be lots of activities, including a bounce house and even a jaws-of-life demonstration.
Over in Cottonwood Shores, the police and fire departments are hosting National Night Out starting at 7 p.m. at the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department, 610 Birch Lane.
The Cottonwood Shores event features a bounce house, face painting and lots of other activities. There also will be hot dogs, cotton candy, sno cones and drinks provided for everybody.
For more on National Night Out, contact your local law enforcement agency.