OFD taking extra precautions to keep people safe at BBQ festival

The International Bar-B-Q Festival in Owensboro is just two days away and crews are wrapping up their plans for how to keep people safe during the event.

When it comes to a special event like the International Bar-B-Q Festival, the Owensboro Fire Department says that means it has to take some special safety precautions.

"We're just trying to keep the fun and festival," said Joseph Taylor, Owensboro Fire Department.

To make sure that happens, fire crews are planning ahead in the hopes of avoiding a potential emergency

This weekend will be Taylor's fifth year keeping an eye on the festival.

He explains what the department will be checking for on Friday.

"We make sure that everyone's keeping a proper spacing between their equipment, especially anything that's fire-related like our pits," said Taylor.

Those pits could cause problems if they're not watched carefully.

The department ensures that everyone's who's involved is on the same page before the crowds come into town.

"We get with the Bar-B-Q Festival staff, those in charge of the Bar-B-Q Festival, to let them know exactly what they need to do," said Taylor.

But sometimes, just using common sense and thinking ahead is the best plan.

Steve Leonard with Owensboro Fire Department said, "Being proactive and making sure that we prepare in advance goes a long way in making sure we have a successful Bar-B-Q Festival."

"We want to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves and that they will come back again to enjoy themselves again next year," said Joseph Taylor.

The fire department plans to have a command post located near the courthouse, but there will also be firefighters and EMTs located throughout the event if there's an emergency.

The fire department wants to remind visitors to keep an eye on your kids and family at the festival, especially once the crowds start to grow.

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