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Crews prepping for this weekend's International BBQ Fest

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

It's just two days from the start of the International Bar-B-Q Festival in Owensboro, and a big part of the preparation is making sure everyone stays safe while having a good time.

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," says Joseph Taylor with the 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," Taylor says.  

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," Taylor says.  

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

"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," says Steve Leonard with the fire department.  

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

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. 

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