The Oak Harbor Conservation Club entertained a crowd of visitors for chicken dinners and a kids’ fishing derby recently at its Oak Harbor grounds. Most importantly, there were a wealth of safety presentations from a long list of first responders from around Ottawa County.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office demonstrated its K-9s abilities and uses in its drug and therapy opeartions, answered questions about concealed carry regulations for firearms, issued Child ID cards and talked about Project Life Saver, said club spokesman Paul Dornbush. The DART Team of the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office talked about its functions in combating drug abuse, the heroin overdose pandemic and obtaining treatment for offenders.
The Port Clinton Police Department gave tours of its Lake Erie patrol boat, and operated its drone for the audience. Free gun locks were available from Port Clinton Police Department and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, and Ohio Highway Patrol officials described their duties.
Mid-County EMS demonstrated CPR and explained its importance in providing emergency medical services for the community despite multiple calls. The Portage Fire District demonstrated vehicle extrication with the Jaws of Life and the proper use of fire extinguishers.
The Oak Harbor Conservation Club has a limited number of new memberships available, said Dorbusch. Sportsmen who join now can receive two months of free membership, and enjoy two indoor and one outdoor firearms ranges at the club’s Gordon Road grounds in Oak Harbor, and its 400-acre hunting preserve in Carroll Township.