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7th Touch-a-Truck excites Mukilteo children


Everett Borlsma, 2, touches the front of a vintage fire truck.

A typically quiet Mukilteo morning changed quickly when the honking of fire trucks, police cars and other vehicles began at the Rosehill Community Center.

The 7th Annual Touch-a-Truck offered local children an opportunity to have a close-up look at the vehicles they see in action every day.

The Mukilteo Recreation Department and the Mukilteo Fire, Police and Public Works departments partnered to bring the community together. Children could climb into the driver’s seat of over 10 different vehicles including a school bus, a fire truck, a police car and excavators.

“It started after the grand opening of the new Rosehill Center as kind of a kick-off event. Kids get an opportunity to go through the vehicle. They learn what they are used for,” said Nick Hamblet, the recreation coordinator for the city of Mukilteo. “What’s been really neat is seeing everyone lining up to see the different trucks. There seems to be a lot of smiling faces and smiling kids.”

Along with honking horns and playing with the radios, children also learned about what the vehicles do and how the different departments use them.

“(The) fire department and police department show sirens, navigation, all the different pieces they need to complete their job,” Hamblet said.

Troy Elmore, one of the captains at the Mukilteo Fire Department, said the department loves having the Touch-a-Truck event each year.

“It gives the community a chance to see their taxpayer dollars at work,” he said. “It’s a chance for kids to play around with the equipment a bit and have some fun.”

Elmore and other firefighters also demonstrated how different features of the fire truck worked, and shared safety information with the children.

“The kids are having fun. We’re having fun. The kids get tours of the station sometimes, but this is a chance for even more kids to see the trucks,” Elmore said.

Quincy Anderson, 1 ½, pretends to steer a police car. “We don’t have a car at our house, so this is a special thing,” says Quincy’s mother, Jamie. “(His) dad is a police officer, so I know this one is a big hit.”

Close to 700 people attended the Dwayne Lane’s Ram Truck Center and Taekwondo Way sponsored event.

Other local organizations took part in Touch-a-Truck including Sno-Isle Libraries, Flying Heritage Museum and Cascadia Emergency Management by setting up booths.

Audra Kunard has brought her children Jack, 5, and Mila, 3, to Touch-a-Truck every year.

“We love Touch-A-Truck,” Kunard said. “Where else do you get to get into the vehicles and push all the buttons and honk the horns as a kid?”


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