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100+ emergency vehicles converge on Ripon Saturday

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POSTED October 5, 2012 12:45 a.m.

RIPON — Sirens blaring and red lights flashing, a parade of old restored collectible emergency vehicles will drive through residential areas of Ripon Saturday at 1 p.m. led by Ripon Police Department patrol cars.

More than 100 police, fire and ambulance units will be on display at the Ripon Community Center for the 22nd annual event beginning at 8 a.m. for the Menlo Park and Ripon Police Emergency Vehicle Show and Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair in the 300 block of West Fourth Street

The show is open to any current or vintage vehicle including, but not limited to, CHP, police, fire, motorcycle, military, tow truck, security, professional and ambulances.  Vehicle entries and recruitment areas are without charge to public agencies but donations are appreciated.  All vehicles will be on display on the grass area of Veterans Park in the south, central part of the community.

Tonight there will be a cruise of vehicles escorted by the Ripon Police to the Sonic Drive-In restaurant on Colony Road just off Highway 99.  Participants will be leaving the community center for dinner at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

The event is a non-profit fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Menlo Park Police Cadet Unit, the Ripon Volunteers in Police Service, the California Highway Patrol Historical Museum and to the Concerns of Police Survivors.

The Emergency Vehicle Show classes include Best Restored Police Vehicles from 1900 to 1974 and 1975 through 1996.  Best Novelty Police Vehicle from the same time period will include restored vehicles that are not police packages but have been restored to resemble one.  There are more than a dozen classes that will be on display and up for awards with more than 100 vehicles and motorcycles expected.

The Ripon Police Department is expected to have its armored SWAT truck at the park as well.  The truck was formerly owned by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and is used in tactical operations with nearby departments when called on for mutual aid.

The Code 3 Parade vehicles will stage in the 200 block of Doak Boulevard at the southern city limit of the Ripon community.  Privately owned marked vehicles and any publicly owned vehicles are permitted. 

All fire trucks, command posts, SWAT trucks, fire engines and other large vehicles will be staging in the front of the line of emergency vehicles.  All participating vehicles must be registered in the show or they will be removed by law enforcement.

Vendors will also be on hand offering collectible law enforcement items.  The event will conclude at 3 p.m.

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