Open house for emergency preparedness

By Zoe Jovanovich | Aug 21, 2013

Mukilteo firefighters want the community to be prepared for any emergency. To help, the Mukilteo Fire Department is hosting an Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety Open House.

The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Harbour Pointe fire station. It will provide information on how to keep safe and be prepared for all sorts of emergencies.

“It’s to see what public safety is all about,” said Fire Marshal Jim Thomas. “It’s to see the fire trucks and the police cars, and the services, and what we do together to provide a level of public awareness and public safety.”

There will also be fire truck and aid car tours, firefighter demonstrations and fire and police vehicles on display. See one of the Mukilteo Police Department’s new patrol cars and an old ‘41 fire engine, one of the first to service the city of Mukilteo.

Safe Kids and Emergency Services Coordinating Agency (ESCA) will have information booths.

Safe Kids is a global organization dedicated to protecting children from injury. The organization’s booth will focus on safety issues for kids, such as wearing life jackets in the water or a helmet when riding a bicycle.

ESCA is an agency that coordinates with cities to manage development and maintenance of emergency operations. Its booth will have information on how to prepare for emergencies, such as earthquakes, as well as on the 911 system.

“[ESCA] is kind of the catch-all for all things related to being prepared for an emergency,” Thomas said.

Thomas said the demonstrations will show the community just how hard it is to be a firefighter and the support offered from public services.

“We are working together to make the community safer as a whole,” he said.

Paine Field Fire Department is also sending one of its “crash trucks” over for a demonstration, which will involve shooting water up over the firefighter’s training tower at the station.

The event will have a “smoke trailer” for visitors to learn about smoke alarms and how to respond when one goes off. Firefighters will also have a residential sprinkler demo and will be offering free blood pressure checks.

“It’s a family event,” Thomas said. “We really want the kids to come, with Safe Kids and the police cars there, and us doing the firefighting demonstrations. I’m hoping we get a good turnout of families.”

The Harbour Pointe fire station is at 10400 47th Pl. W. in Mukilteo.

For more information, go to http://www.ci.mukilteo.wa.us/Calendar.asp?View=EVENT&EventID=784.

Zoe Jovanovich is a reporter intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.

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