Goodies handed out at Alabama Welcome Center job fair – Reuters

LANETT — There was a “Sweet Home Alabama” booth at Thursday’s job fair at the Alabama Welcome Center. Lori Syck, personnel manager for the Alabama Department of Tourism and Trisa Collier, CPM, visitor center administrator, were there to talk to people about getting jobs with the state.

“We wanted to go to smaller rural areas to give people the opportunity to learn about public services and job opportunities,” Syck said. “It’s good to get away from Montgomery’s office and meet people.”

They offered neat items including Smokey The Bear tumbler insulators and “Sweet Home Alabama” cell phone wallets.

Smokey The Bear is an icon of the US Forest Service and a well-known figure in a long history of wildfire prevention campaign. Started in 1944, Smokey’s “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” is the longest-running public service announcement campaign in US history.

The Smokey the Bear tumbler insulator has some campfire safety tips on the back: never leave a campfire unattended and remember to drown, stir and smell before you leave. Drown the fire with plenty of water, stir the remains and drown it again and make sure the fire is cold enough to smell it with your bare hands before leaving.

The cell phone wallet can be attached to the back of your cell phone. It’s a handy place to put your driver’s license and debit cards.

Syck said the state of Alabama employs more than 30,000 people in more than 100 agencies. On average, 3,750 people are trained in these trades each year.

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