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Annual Touch a Truck event held at Springfield JCC

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

The children of Western Massachusetts had the opportunity to play with some pretty big trucks on Sunday afternoon.

The fourth annual Touch a Truck event was held outside of the Springfield Jewish Community Center on Dickinson Street.

Those in attendance climbed into big rigs, honked the horns of garbage trucks and were loaded into ambulances, all in good fun of course.

Organizers said these types of events are not only fun, but they are also a good educational experience for the children.

"This is a good opportunity for them to be near them, with their parents, in places that are safe and it's a really important educational experience for a lot of our kids," said Becca Coolong, the director of youth and family services at the JCC.

"I think its very important, then they're not afraid when they see a strange person come into their house with a uniform on carrying a gear bag and asking all types of questions," said Maura Shea, an emergency medical technician for American Medical Response. "It's nice to have them previously aware of what an ambulance is and what an EMT does."

Sunday's event also featured a bounce house village, face painting and an appearance from the Melha Shrine clowns.

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