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Salt River Firefighter/EMT Ramon Arenas and Salt River Fire Explorer Juan Acosta teach children about fire safety and give them a hands-on evacuation test from a smoked-filled building.

Community Families Come Out for Safety Day

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

On October 11, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community police and fire departments sponsored Safety Day at the Salt River Pop Warner football field. Community members and families came out to take part in the free event, which featured both fun and learning with safety demonstrations, food, clowns, health and wellness information booths, child safety-seat inspections and live music.

Child safety-seat inspections were held in the parking lot of the Community Building. Parents brought their vehicles in for the inspection to ensure that their child safety seats were appropriate for the children according to age and height/weight and were properly secured within the vehicle.

Health and wellness information booths were on site to provide education on promoting safety throughout the Community. Participants could meet with Salt River Fire Department firefighters, who distributed bags and small promotional items to promote fire safety. Blaze, the fire-safety clown, was also on hand to entertain the children. The SRPMIC Health and Human Services Department offered flu shots as well as blood-pressure and blood-sugar screenings to Community members.

Children were able to walk through a makeshift home and learn the skills needed to escape a house fire safely; they also learned how to use a fire extinguisher and extinguish a live fire from a burning cooking stove.

The Salt River Police Department ended the event with a live demonstration of a K-9 unit chasing down a pretend “bad guy.” They also demonstrated the use of a Taser gun and explained the circumstances under which it is used by police officers to subdue fleeing, belligerent or potentially dangerous suspects, to avoid having to use their weapons.

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