On October 7, the Salt River police and fire departments sponsored Safety Day at the Salt River Pop Warner football field. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian 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 pulled in for the inspection, to ensure their child safety seats were appropriate for the children according to age and height/weight and were properly secured within the vehicle. When an instance was discovered of an improperly installed safety seat, the owner of the vehicle was educated on the proper way to secure the seat and ensure the overall safety of the child in the vehicle.
Health and wellness information booths lined the Longmore Road side of the field. Participants could meet with Salt River firefighters, who distributed bags and small promotional items to promote fire safety. Several other organizations were on site to provide education on promoting safety throughout the Community.
To help with diagnosis and management of diabetes, blood-sugar checks were offered. Community members interested in getting the results had to sign official paperwork and then were prepared on site. Blood-sugar levels were recorded and the results discussed with each person.
Community members also had the chance to talk with rescue workers about the importance of having an escape plan in case of a fire. Kids were able to walk through a makeshift home and learn the skills needed to escape a house fire safely. The firefighters also had many of their tools on display. Kids approached them with questions regarding the tools, including what each was used for and why.
At the start of the event, the ladder was raised on the ladder truck. Community members and their families watched in amazement as they realized just how high the firefighters have to travel sometimes in order to help someone in need. One onlooker said she couldn’t imagine having to be that high and also worry about putting out a fire.
SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier shared some opening remarks with those in attendance. He thanked the police and fire departments, as well as everyone involved with organizing the event.
“It is important for us to be grateful to both the fire and police departments for the services they provide for the Community and those people traveling through our Community,” he said. “This event is a great chance for our Community to get information to become safer, and I hope everyone leaves here having learned a lot.”