Mock collision in Blackfalds highlights emergency preparedness

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
May 7, 2018 - 3:38pm

Students in Blackfalds were given a dose of reality on Monday when a fellow classmate portrayed the victim in a mock crash.

Kids in grades four and five watched on as the pretend scenario played out, an SUV hitting young Braiden before an ambulance could arrive to offer him life-saving medical assistance.

The event was held during North American Occupational Health and Safety Week, as well as National Emergency Preparedness Week.



“We love being able to do events like this mock incident where we can actually begin to get the training and information into our children’s minds,” said Brad Vonkeman, Chair of the Parkland Regional Safety Committee. “This is so they understand the importance of having safety as part of their life, what to do in event of an emergency, and then we tie it in with personal protective equipment that they need to wear.”

Amanda de Boer, Canadian Red Cross Coordinator of Disaster Management for Central Region, said all types of accidents are preventable.

“We just need to take ownership of our own safety and have a plan,” she said. “It’s a family activity. Sit down with your kids, sit down with your parents, talk about important information you need to know like who you can call, and get prepared.”

The event was a collaborative effort between the Parkland Regional Safety Committee, the Alberta Construction Safety Association, HSE Integrated, Stuart Olson Inc., RCMP, and Central Alberta Chapter of Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.

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