THE City of Richmond has unveiled a new, state-of-the-art, mobile public education trailer that will significantly boost Richmond’s community safety through fire and life safety education programs for all ages. The ribbon-cutting unveiling event took place, with sponsoring partner Canadian Western Bank (CWB), on Saturday, November 1 at Richmond’s No. 1 Fire Hall.
“This mobile education trailer is the first of its kind in British Columbia,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Our purchase of it is a direct result of Council’s priority to community safety; Fire-Rescue’s goal of service excellence in prevention, education and emergency response; and Canadian Western Bank’s generous contribution to our community. Public education in fire prevention and life safety enables us, together, to enhance our City’s overall safety and liveability”
The fire and life safety mobile trailer includes emergency training rooms set up like a kitchen and bedroom with mock furnishings, appliances and interactive props that replicate a variety of emergency response situations. With simulated flames, smoke and sound effects, students can use a laser fire extinguisher to put out simulated fires. They can also learn how to escape from a room.
In January 2015, the $123,000 education trailer will be integrated into existing events programs such as Fire Prevention Week and Salmon Festival. The trailer will also be used in school and community outreach education programs and events. The type of hands on education it provides is an effective tool that increases safety awareness and contributes to lifelong learning.
For more information on Richmond-Fire Rescue visit www.richmond.ca/safety/firerescue.htm.