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­Lander Safety Fair drives message home

September 27, 2010
The second annual Lander Community Safety Fair was a rousing success. The event featured a variety of safety-related stations, many geared to children and their families, according to Chairperson Linda Gould. “It’s great for kids.” From the emergency medical helicopter landing to the extrication of live passengers trapped in a vehicle to the Warren County Fire Services Safety House, there were plenty of entertaining learning opportunities. Lander volunteer firefighters took children and their parents through the Safety House, teaching youngsters about some of the fire hazards common in households. At the end of the walkthrough, alarms blared and fake but smelly smoke filled the room. The kids were taught to stay low as they moved to an exit. The door to the room was warm to the touch, so each group of youngsters was evacuated through a sliding door to a balcony and down an escape ladder with the help of firefighters. In the afternoon, the highlight of the event was the extrication. Onlookers got to watch firefighters use extrication equipment to tear apart a junk car and eventually pull live “victims” from the vehicle. Visitors could explore and learn more about various emergency vehicles at the event, including fire engines, ambulances, and an emergency helicopter that made a dramatic entrance, landing in a field across the road. City of Warren Police and Youngsville Borough Police provided child safety seat checks. According to Warren Police Sgt. Brandon Deppen, most of the seats checked throughout the day were installed properly, requiring only minor adjustments. “They know what they’re doing up here,” he said. Other providers, from a Safe Place to Warren General Hospital, had booths at the event. A school bus was parked on site to provide the location for a bus safety program. Smokey Bear and Wally Wiseguy, the Warren County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) shelter-in-place turtle, were popular with the youngsters.

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Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry
Future firefighter
Jonathan Bogniak, 14 months, tries on grandfather Ron Wilson’s first assistant chief helmet at the Lander Community Safety Fair.



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