FORT LEE, Va. – A convoy of fire trucks and police vehicles will escort Santa Claus through installation housing areas during the annual Directorate of Emergency Services Holiday Parade set for Dec. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Community members will hear the sirens of the emergency vehicles as Santa approaches each destination on post. An overview of the route and estimated drive-thru times is as follows: Jackson Circle, 5:30-5:45 p.m.; Jefferson Terrace, 6-6:15 p.m.; Harrison Villa, 6:15-6:30 p.m.; Madison Park, 6:30-6:45; Monroe Manor, 6:45-7 p.m.; Adams Chase, 7-7:15 p.m.; and Washington Grove, 7:15-7:30 p.m.
Sgt. Maj. Alain Nadeau, DES SGM, noted that Sparky the Fire Dog and McGruff the Crime Dog would accompany Santa in the parade.
“We are proud to continue this fun and festive holiday tradition,” he said, “and we hope that everyone enjoys this opportunity to see Santa, who is very generous to allot time out of his busy schedule to pay us a visit. It is our distinct pleasure to present this event each year.”
Part of caring for the community, Nadeau said, is reminding everyone that DES and the command wants them to think safety during the holiday break.
“That means being aware of any risks that can lead to accidents, injury or loss of property in the home or out on the road,” he elaborated. “Our presence during this event offers that subtle reminder.”
The Santa Run may cause brief traffic delays as the procession crosses or travels along primary roadways. Motorists are asked to be patient and not take unnecessary risks like attempting to pass the convoy unless directed to do so by police.
Furthermore, post residents should closely monitor their children as the procession passes through the housing areas. Do not allow youngsters to run toward moving emergency vehicles and remind them to look both ways before crossing any streets to get a closer look at the activities.
Updates about the Santa Run – i.e. postponement due to inclement weather – will be posted on the Fort Lee Police Facebook page. For other information or questions, contact the PMO at 804-734-7417.