Thursday, July 9, 2020

Safety Awareness Day

Fire-Rescue hanging the flag. Submitted photos

Fire-Rescue hanging the flag. Submitted photos

It was billed simply as ”Safety Awareness Day,” but those who were at Veterans Park on Saturday, January 8th, can attest that it was an eye-opener. Dozens of government and private organizations were there to demonstrate what they do to prevent disaster, provide response if disaster occurs, and furnish emergency services in disaster aftermath for affected or injured persons. It was a powerful display.

From across the spectrum, participants included Marco Island’s superb Fire and Police Departments, Collier County’s Sheriff’s office, including the SWAT team, the United States Coast Guard, Florida Highway Patrol, Marco Island’s Police and Fire Department Foundations, the National Center for Missing and

Kevin Hennings with Sgt. George Williams.

Kevin Hennings with Sgt. George Williams.

Exploited Children, the Civil Air Patrol, Crime Stoppers, Neighborhood Watch and Marco Island’s Radio Club (ham operators who provide emergency radio services during disasters such as hurricanes.) Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Florida Department of Emergency Management as well as other agencies serving the area: Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, North Naples Fire Department and Fire-Rescue from Golden Gate, Capri and East Naples were all on hand. Many Collier County agencies were also represented: Services for Seniors, Shelter for Abused Women, Health Department and the American Red Cross, just to name a few. Food and beverages were available, hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks at bargain
Detective Ed Stenzel (L) and Detective Glenn Zirgibel.

Detective Ed Stenzel (L) and Detective Glenn Zirgibel.

prices cooked and served by the Fire and Police Foundations.

Firefighters gave demonstrations on extinguishing fires, while the Marco Island Police demonstrated various pieces of safety equipment and a firearms judgment simulator. The Coast Guard flew in a large Eurocopter HH-65 helicopter used for rescue operations, while the Collier Sheriff’s Office brought the Jet Ranger helicopter. The event enabled citizens, adults and children alike, to interact with those professional and volunteer resources responsible for safety on Marco Island. This was the first event of this kind ever held on Marco Island, and it will be a model for future events in order to educate the public and heighten awareness.

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