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Posted on: May 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Friday Night Lights Part 2

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Friday Night Lights Part 2

The Fitchburg Police Department, Fitchburg Fire Rescue and Fitch-Rona EMS will again be participating in “Friday Night Lights” this Friday May 22.

“Friday Night Lights” is a neighborhood emergency vehicle parade that will travel through the Fitchburg community.

We had a great time seeing you last Friday and look forward to seeing this Friday.

What is Friday Night Lights?
Fitchburg’s Friday Night Lights is modeled after the “Friday Night Lights” event launched by the Seattle Police & Fire Departments in response to the pandemic. In its simplest form, it is a parade of emergency vehicles through the streets of our community.

As agencies that work within the fabric of the community, we’ve missed our non-emergency interactions with those we serve. We sincerely appreciate the efforts of the community, whether they are essential workers, volunteers helping others, parents, teachers, or anyone that has done their part to keep Fitchburg healthy during this pandemic.

We also know the pandemic has affected and impacted everyone in different ways, with mental and physical impacts, lost jobs, canceled plans, etc. At the same time we also have confidence in the resiliency of this great community we are honored to serve.

This event is an opportunity to exchange waves, recognize the impact of the pandemic on our community, along with our collective response to it and finally as a reminder that we remain on duty and committed to serving Fitchburg.
The event this Friday coincides with Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Coinciding with EMS week, this Friday’s event will pay special tribute to our partners at Fitch-Rona EMS.

How Can I Participate?
Recognizing the city encompasses 35 square miles and hundreds of miles of roadway, we unfortunately will not able to cover every block.

With an emergency order limiting gatherings still in place and with the potential for a public health impact, we do not want to publish a route which could encourage congregation. Instead we have identified neighborhoods in which a caravan of emergency vehicles will travel for a designated period of time. The caravan will be slow moving with emergency lights and intermittent sirens. We believe the pace of the vehicles will allow residents time to step outside if they are not already.

This Friday, May 22, we will focus on the following areas of our city, spilt between two groups of vehicles.

The neighborhoods listed are general areas we will travel.

Group A
•Belmar/Renaissance on the Park: 6-6:20
•Harlan Hills, Seminole Hills Estates, Highlands of Seminole:6:20-6:50
•Leopold Way/Post/Pike Drive: 6:50-6:55
•Swan Creek: 7:00-7:30

Group B
•Chapel Valley/Seminole Ridge: 6:00-6:15
•Tower Hill: 6:15-6:30
•Wildwood South/Brynewood: 6:30-6:45
•Greenfield & surrounding neighborhoods: 6:50-7:00
•Fahey Fields/ Waterford Glen: 7:05-7:25

Please note times are approximate. Because we are emergency responders, calls for service may impact our availability and/or timeline.

When the vehicles are in your neighborhood we encourage you to be present in your driveway, yard, on your porch, or just looking out the window. Please be respectful of your neighbors, practice physical distancing, and avoid gathering in groups outside of your household.

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