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Safety Top Priority At 10th Annual Williamson County Fair

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Safety Top Priority At 10th Annual Williamson County Fair

By Laken Bowles. CREATED Jul 31, 2014

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - In a little more than 24-hours, the 10th annual Williamson County Fair will open its gates, but there's already a lot in place to keep people safe.

Starting Friday night, the fairgrounds in Franklin will be full people, but it will also be full of law enforcement officers taking advantage of the scenario.

Thursday, NewsChannel 5’s Adam Ghassemi got a peek inside the command center, which is where it all comes together. Officials from the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, County EMS, Franklin Police and others will be working together in a unified command.

Lt. Mark Elrod with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office is in charge of making sure things run smoothly, especially when multiple agencies from the county, city and elsewhere all suddenly become one.

"Where all of the agencies that are involved in the event work as a uniformed command," he said.

That means even before the thousands fill up the fairgrounds every day, officers have a plan. A command center has been set up and designed for officials to communicate on the same frequencies and act as one unit.

"In a major event such as the fair we follow the incident command and the unified incise command to where everybody knows who they report to and it's all part of the big picture of that event,” said Lt. Elrod.

The Williamson County Fair runs Friday through August 9. For more information, visit their website