WILLAIMSON — Local Emergency Service members will be hosting an event on Saturday, July 23 at the Williamson Fieldhouse to promote safety and educate the public on a variety of essential tips and tricks to help keep your family safe.
Due to the recent number of infant fatalities in the area due to drowning, Emergency Service members have organized an event to better educate the public on the “do’s” and “don’t’s” of proper safety around the home in an effort to help prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future. The event has blossomed from it’s beginning stage that would have been focused primarily on CPR and water safety to where it is now. The event will have members from local Emergency Medical Services, Police, Fire Departments, 911 dispatchers offices, and Medical transport personnel. These first responders will have booths, on site, that will offer information and education on what to do in emergency situations that can occur during every day life.
One of the event organizers, Kattie Plaster said, “We started all of this after we had three infants die this year from drowning. It was tough on everyone, just imagining something like that is tough by itself. We all talk about these things in our field and we all collectively decided to turn all of these feelings into something productive. Our goal is really just to try and educate people on what to do if an accident occurs, the basic skills someone would need to better the situation until the professionals arrive on the scene and to try and give something back to the families who have been affected by these tragedies. We just want to try and help anyway we can and we feel that bringing everyone together in a group effort is the best way to try and help. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families and we felt we just had to do something.”
Attendees will be able to learn proper CPR technique, the correct way to report an accident to a 911 call center, what to do if an accident occurs, and how to react properly to those accidents. The event is not only set up to educate the parents , but to educate the youth as well. All attendee’s will also have the chance to explore some of the vehicles utilized by Emergency service members; there will be a Helicopter on site, an ambulance, a police cruiser, and a fire truck. The public will have to opportunity to explore these vehicles and members relating those fields will be available to answer any questions along with brief tours and explanations of what the vehicles do during emergency situations.
The event is free to all those interested in attending, the organizers only ask that everyone bring one perishable food item for admission. All donations collected during the event will go to help the families affected by the pool related tragedies. The event will be held on the football field next to the Williamson Fieldhouse and will begin at 2:00 p.m.
Vendors are welcome to set up at the event, there will be a fee of $50 dollars for vendors who will be selling merchandise but free to those who are not selling anything. For more information regarding the event or setting up a vendor booth please fell free to contact Syndi Blackmon at 606-625-2525.
(William plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] on on twitter @sidplaster.)