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REPORTING · 21st July 2011
Walter McFarlane
Stacy Reis, Emergency Program Coordinator and Kylee Brown, who are working as summer students at the Fire Department, took the stand at Council on July 18th to display a slideshow of the work they are doing. They thanked Council for giving them this opportunity and contributing to their education goals.

“The emergency awareness program was creating with the goal of creating awareness through the branches of what we do. We do presentation and home assessments and emergency preparedness and work at the fire department,” said Brown.

The two summer students were trained by the fire fighters so they would be able to do this job. They were given tours of the fire department, trained in the use of fire extinguishers, trained for safety education for the elderly and home check training.

The summer students visited Kindergarten and Grade 7 classes with fire safety and held a picnic in the park for the Child Resource Centre. They presented fire safety in the home, hazards in the home and how to use fire extinguishers.

Another project was a block party in Cablecar, which was held at the home of Tim and Marcy Rice. They were trying to promote safety for yard and yard maintenance to try and prevent a disaster like what happened at Slave Lake. 24 adults and 6 kids attended.

They have completed 22 home assessments so far, 8 more are booked and 18 still have to be booked. They do smoke alarm testing and offer free batteries or smoke alarms if there are none in the house. They inspect the fire extinguishers to see if they are working. They provide information about creating a safe plan, fire pit safety, emergency procedures, creating 72 hour kits and evacuation procedures.

They thanked all the people and businesses who have made donations to the program to promote safety in the community.

“If any of you would like a home assessment, we know you would like your homes nice and fire safe. Feel free to give us a call,” said Reis.

You can contact them at 632-1976 or email them at kitimat.eap,,,hotmail.com,