Burlington Fire Set to Host Events During Emergency Preparedness Week

Published May 1, 2019 at 6:05 pm

Burlington Fire will be hosting a slew of events and activities during Emergency Preparedness Week (EPW) this year. 

Burlington Fire will be hosting a slew of events and activities during Emergency Preparedness Week (EPW) this year. 

EPW, as noted in a recent press release from the city of Burlington, is an annual Canada-wide initiative that takes place during the first full week of May. The goal of EPW is to promote emergency preparedness and encourage Canadians to take action.

This year the provincial theme is ‘Be Emergency Ready’. 

The events and activities taking place during EPW this year in Burlington are outlined below.

National TransCAER Event – First Responder Training Day

The Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response (TransCAER) is coming to the city for a Flammable Liquids Fire Suppression training event exclusively for Halton Region emergency responders. 

The Burlington Fire Department will also be hosting a TransCAER First Responder Awareness Workshop on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Fire Headquarters.

Residents should take note that as a result of the training event, which will start at approximately 2 p.m. on May 3, black smoke will be visible from the highway. 

Emergency Preparedness Open House 

In addition, the Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response will also offer activities, and information, at the Emergency Preparedness Open House at the Fire Headquarters, Station No. 1, 1255 Fairview St. 

Here, residents will be able to learn how chemicals and hazardous materials are safely handled in the community.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Furthermore, Burlington Fire will also be working with youth in the city regarding how they can identify, mitigate, and respond to emergencies. 

Scavenger Hunt: Zombie Apocalypse

“Using the interactive GooseChase platform, the Emergency Management Division is partnering with Parks and Recreation to engage youth and families in a city-wide, emergency preparedness themed, scavenger hunt: Zombie Apocalypse,” reads the release.

Those who are interested are invited to come out to the scavenger hunt kick off at Spencer Smith Park on Sunday, May 5 at 10 a.m. 

The challenge will run through the online app all week. 

And, as with most challenges, there are prizes to be won.

Those who complete the most challenges during the hunt will win prizes such as a Fitbit (for each participant in the winning team – up to four).

This particular event is something that Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward is looking forward to.

“I’m excited to join the community in Spencer Smith Park to kick-off the Zombie Apocalypse,” Meed Ward said in the release. “What an engaging way to learn about potential emergencies in Burlington and find ways to be prepared as a family.”

Residents have been advised to take the time to learn about different emergencies and how to be prepared. 

In Burlington, residents should be prepared for power outages, severe weathers events, floods, as well as road and rail transportation emergencies

For more information, go to www.burlington.ca/prepare.

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