06/18/07 256 W - + 16 - 12 RAPS Kart Race Today

News Release. Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison will lead a pack of racing public safety workers through some twisting turns and long straights Monday evening at 6:00 pm. But this is no pre-planned police chase. Sheriff Harrison will be driving a pace car to start the field at the Raleigh Area Public Safety Karting Race at RushHour Karting in Garner, NC.

The 90 minute endurance kart race will feature teams from state, county and local law enforcement, EMS and fire services. The race is designed to build interagency relationships among public safety professionals.

“We are increasingly working together across multiple agencies and multiple disciplines,” says Jeffrey Hammerstein, Creator of the public safety racing league, RAPS.

“From the chemical fire in Apex to drills at the airport to the trench recovery in Holly Springs, or any other major incident, the many public safety agencies in the area are constantly working closely together. By coming together for something that’s a lot of fun, and isn’t life or death, we are able to get to know each other better under circumstances much less tense than the scene of a major working call. That will equal better communication and efficiency when those multi-agency emergency calls do come.”

Opening ceremonies at 5:30 include the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums band, the Wake EMS Honor Guard, and Deputy Davis to sing the National Anthem. The “RAPS Youth” race, consisting of 4 children of public safety workers, is scheduled for 4:45 pm.

Multiple photo ops and interviews ops are available.

This was a great event and an outstanding display of fellowship amongst the public safety services in Wake County. Thanks to Jeff Hammerstein for organizing it, and to everyone who participated. Congratulations to the Wake County EMS team for their fine showing.

Chief Skip
Skip Kirkwood (Email) (Web Site) - 06/20/07 - 11:55

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