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Public fire safety presentation


The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) teamed up with the Swan River Fire Department (SRFD) to hold an information evening on Tuesday (Jan. 31) for interested community members about being prepared in dealing with fires, particularly ones in residences.

The fire safety presentation was given by SRFD Captain Brett Stephen, and included topics such as the information on and the importance of properly functioning smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and evacuation plans.

Representatives from the CRC also gave a presentation on their organization and what they do.

“We have nearly 300 volunteers just for disaster management in Manitoba,” said CRC co-presenter Annie Papadakis. “Across Canada, we have over 30,000. And, more than 75 percent of them are volunteers.”

Their goal is to raise awareness for their Personal Disaster Assistance (PDA) program, which uses volunteer teams to provide emergency assistance to those suffering from a personal disaster such as a house fire, flood, or sewer backup. CRC hopes to expand their team into Swan River and area by June.

“We consider an active team to be six or more trained volunteers that have been committed to responding to any person or family should a (personal disaster) happen,” said CRC co-presenter Andrew Johnson.

Anybody interested in volunteering to help their neighbours in need are encouraged to find out more at www.redcross.ca, or contact Annie Papadakis at annie.papadakis@redcross.ca or 204·729·4975.

Jeremy Bergen