Local firefighters welcome Pokemon players

Some businesses and law enforcement agencies have encountered problems with Pokemon Go players, but one Montgomery County fire department is advertising that fans of the game are welcome at the station.

The Phillipsburg Fire Department put a sign out front that tells players to get their Poke balls there and to play safely.

The firefighters see the PokeStop as a way to get more involved in the community and to ensure safe play.

While people are out playing the game, they can talk with Phillipsburg firefighters at the station. Firefighters see it as a way to make themselves more approachable to the public.

The importance of being safe while playing is also emphasized.

“We’re encouraging players to play safe and be smart about playing the game,” Fire Lt. Chris Hensley said. “It’s situational awareness and, nowadays, people need to be more aware of where they’re going in order to avoid fatal accidents and robberies.”

So far, the PokeStop seems to be working.

Said Hensley, “Players around here have been playing the ‘right’ way. We have people all day long drive by and stop to play the game. Last night, we saw people stopping around by 2:30 a.m., playing the game out front.”

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