Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) will open its doors to the public during its annual CRESA Community Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. The event will take place in downtown Vancouver on 13th Street, between Franklin and Ingalls Streets. Local businesses like NW Natural Gas, Corwin, and Frito Lay have generously donated hot dogs, chips, and beverages available for free to attendees (while they last, that is!).
Activities planned for children of all ages include face painting, button making, games, and exploring emergency vehicles—in addition to meeting firefighters, police officers, search-and-rescue dogs and horses. Kids can stop by the information booth to receive a passport on which they can collect stickers. The first 300 kids will be able to create their own free Water Bottle Emergency Kit.
Enjoy a demonstration by the Sheriff’s K-9 team or learn hands-free CPR. The local SWAT team, firefighters, and members of search-and-rescue groups will all be on hand. Explore the latest in public safety vehicles, including an armored personnel carrier, a heavy rescue vehicle, fire engines, ambulances, and police command vehicles. Tour the 9-1-1 center and see dispatchers in action taking emergency calls, get a sneak peek inside the workings of CRESA’s Emergency Operations Center, and talk with Homeland Security representatives, a National Weather Service meteorologist, and amateur radio technical experts. For more details, visit cresa911.org.