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FORT LEE, Va. -- A convoy of fire trucks and military police vehicles will escort Santa Claus through Fort Lee’s residential areas during the annual Directorate of Emergency Services Santa Run set for Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m.

Community members will hear fire truck horns as the procession approaches each destination on post. The route begins with the Jackson Circle housing area followed by the 266th and 244th Quartermaster Battalion barracks areas and the 59th Ordnance Brigade barracks. From there, Santa will visit Jefferson, Harrison, Madison, Monroe, Adams Chase and Washington Grove housing areas, in that order. The convoy also will pass through the 262nd QM Bn. barracks complex before the conclusion of the event.

“The Fort Lee Fire Department and Provost Marshal Office are proud to team up for this fun and festive holiday tradition,” said Lt. Col. Joe Ward, DES director and Provost Marshal. “We also appreciate Santa providing a little time out of his busy schedule to pay us a visit here at Fort Lee. It’s our distinct pleasure to participate in this time-honored tradition.

“Part of caring for the community is reminding everyone we want them to think safety during the holiday break – to be aware of risks that can lead to accidents, injury or loss of property in the home or out on the road,” Ward also noted. “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 military 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 ArmyFortLee Facebook page. For other information or questions, contact the PMO at 804-734-7417.