REPORTING · 11th August 2014
Kitimat City Council received a presentation from the Kitimat Emergency Awareness Program on Tuesday, August 5th. Jennifer Brousseau and Kaylie Pirrotta delivered the report.
Brousseau explained they started the summer by training for their position with the Fire Fighters and the Emergency Awareness Program. They did 26 presentations to students at Nechako, Kildala, Saint Anthony’s and the Haisla Community School.
“The kids are really learning the fire safety,” said Brousseau.
They gave tours of the fire hall to the various summer programs. The children watched a fire safety video and gave them a tour of the equipment and the trucks.
Another promotion was the delivery of pizza from Pizza Factory by firefighter. If homes had a working smoke detector, the pizza was on them. If the homes did not, they got a free smoke detector. However, the delivery had to be called off midway through due to an emergency call. They only did three deliveries.
Pirrotta explained they participated in July 1st, the Riverlodge Summer Kickoff and they will be joining the year end BBQ with Bear Aware at the Lions Park on Monday, August 11th from 12-3.
The summer students did home assessments. “That consists of testing smoke detectors, checking people’s fire extinguishers, creating home escape plans, assessing fire hazards and giving safety tips. Anyone who needs a smoke detector or battery in their home, they can have it for free and we also give 20% off coupons for safety equipment at Acklands Granger,” said Brousseau.
They did 31 assessments and canvased 48 streets. 6.45% of homes did not have a working smoke alarm. Half of the homes did not have a working extinguisher.
“Lots of the extinguishers that we see are pretty old and people don’t realize they have to replace them once and while. Sometimes we see them and their all rusted and from the 70s. People should get those replaced,” said Brousseau.
They thanked all the businesses who contributed to the program.