Importance of emergency preparedness highlighted at Windsor event

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Published on May 17, 2014

Lilly Mailman, 5, of Windsor, was all smiles to be aboard one of the Windsor Fire Department's RTVs with Capt. Jamie Harvey Wednesday night, May 14.

Published on May 17, 2014

Sobeys employees Alex Pemberton and Taylor Turnbull manned the barbecue at the emergency preparedness event in Windsor May 14. The proceeds from the barbecue benefited New Boundaries.

Published on May 17, 2014

There were a variety of information booths and displays set up for visitors to check out May 14 at an emergency preparedness event in Windsor.

Published on May 17, 2014

'Firefighter-in-training' Parker DeMont, son of Emelie and Jonathan DeMont of Windsor, was all smiles to be attending the emergency preparedness event in Windsor May 14.

Published on May 17, 2014

Citizens check out the fire trucks on display at the recent emergency preparedness event in Windsor.

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Matt Boyle, with Public Safety Field Communications, chats with Windsor firefighter Jeff Moffat during the May 14 emergency preparedness event in town.

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Windsor RCMP Staff Sgt. Dan Austin walks through the displays set up for the emergency preparedness event in Windsor May 14.

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Hants West MLA Chuck Porter stopped by to chat with Paul Maynard, the region's REMO co-ordinator, during a successful emergency preparedness event in Windsor May 14.

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Dave Mailman, of the Windsor Fire Department, checks in on one of the popular attractions that was set up for children during the emergency preparedness event in Windsor May 14.

Published on May 17, 2014

Windsor RCMP Cpl. Duane Ivany, Windsor Fire Chief Scott Burgess, REMO Co-ordinator Paul Maynard, and Jana Hupman, of K-Rock, pose for a group shot at the successful emergency preparedness event in Windsor May 14.

The Fort Edward Plaza parking lot was the place to be Wednesday night, May 14, as about a dozen groups got together to promote the importance of emergency preparedness.

Held in conjunction with Police Week, the event centred around the theme 'Regional Emergency Management Organization partners working together for the safety of our community.'

The event aimed to raise public awareness of the key partnerships that exist between organizations when tragedy strikes, as well as stress the importance of having 72-hour emergency kits at the ready.

“Most people think of emergency response as fire, police, GSAR and EMS,” said Paul Maynard, the Hants West co-ordinator for the Regional Emergency Management Organization in an email.

“However, so many others are working both directly and indirectly to support the incident, such as Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal who look after traffic, Red Cross who look after evacuees, or Public Safety Field Communications who assist with a wide variety of communication requirements,” noted Maynard.

Aside from the aforementioned groups, several divisions of the RCMP (including Victim Services and the canine unit), were on hand, as well as fire department representatives from Windsor, Hantsport and Brooklyn, members of West Hants Ground Search and Rescue, and Matt's Towing.

It's estimated between 300 and 400 people stopped by the event that featured several fun, free activities for youths, information pamphlets, as well as prize draws. Sobeys was also on site to host a barbecue. All proceeds raised from the barbecue were donated to New Boundaries.

“It was such a success that we plan to organize future events such as this to raise awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness in our community,” said Maynard.

Organizations: Regional Emergency Management Organization, EMS, Red Cross Public Safety Field Communications RCMP Victim Services Sobeys West Hants Ground Search and Rescue Windsor Fire Department Matt's Towing

Geographic location: Windsor, Fort Edward Plaza, Hants West

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