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REPORTING · 28th August 2013
Walter McFarlane
Jennifer Brousseau and Brayden Marleau, Summer Students from the Kitimat Emergency Awareness Program presented to Council concerning their summer activities on Monday, August 19th.

Marleau told Council how they had trained with fire extinguishers, took bear aware, learned how to do a home assessment and do a proper recommendation. They learned more about what they are supposed to do in a tsunami or an earthquake and researched fire safety.

Brousseau explained they did 11 presentations to elementary schools in the primary grades. They taught 235 children about fire safety, campfire safety, how to use an extinguisher and what they are supposed to do when they hear a smoke alarm.

The two of them went to events put on for youth and brought with them a ‘fire house’ so kids can put out retractable fires with the fire hose. The summer students toured 13 groups around the fire hall.

“We also held an it’s on us this year, In June, on the 27th, if you ordered a pizza from the Pizza Factory between 6:30 and 8:30, your pizza could possibly be delivered by the fire truck and if it was and your smoke alarm was working, your pizza was on us,” said Brousseau. “I think we delivered a total of 6 or 7 this year.”

Marleau explained how they did home inspections, did the houses have smoke alarms, fire extinguishers or escape plans in the case of a fire. They gave out tips as they look for fire hazards.

Brousseau showed Council they completed more this year than last year, 7 more houses then last year and 18 more streets. This year, more people had working smoke detectors, however, very few houses had working fire extinguishers.

They stated Kildala was canvased in 2011 and 2012, Whitesail was stated in 2012 and completed this year and they completed Nechako. They did not canvas or assess in Cablecar however. They thanked all the businesses which contributed to this year’s program.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan thanked them for the work they did.