Safety Expo at high school May 2

We take it for granted: when the electricity goes out, La Plata Electric is there to restore service, no matter the weather.

Whether a home emergency, road accident, or special event coverage, our EMS crews kick into gear ready to save lives.

Residents can have fun interacting and learning more about those who respond to backcountry accidents requiring the services of the Upper San Juan Search and Rescue organization, to those who fight fires, to the bus drivers who safely transport our children to school and events every day, at the May 2 Archuleta County Safety Expo.

Numerous regional agencies such as LifeCare emergency air flight services as well as local agencies will be on hand to explain and demonstrate their services. Bring the whole family to this fun and free event at the Pagosa Springs High School where you can meet Talon, the Colorado State Parks mascot, and learn about safe boating practices. Learn about wildfire safety and mitigation for your home from the Firewise Council of SW Colorado. See the gear and equipment used on search and rescue missions and experience technical rope rescue techniques.

The Kiwanis Club will be at the Safety Expo with the Junglemobile, which uses a jungle environment to teach children about safety issues in a fun way — biking, water, and pedestrian safety, poison prevention, seat belts, and 911 actuation.

Hazards, whether minor or major, are in our lives every day. Expose your children to safety practices and teach them how to avoid potential emergency situations. Older youth and adults can learn more about safety in the wilderness. Find out about proper gear and clothing, or find out how you can volunteer with one of our emergency service organizations.

Another important aspect of the Expo will be the child fingerprinting and identification procedures. Unfortunately, these types of practices are important in today’s world and parents can have their children’s vital statistics recorded. Representatives of law enforcement agencies will be on hand to conduct these procedures, ensuring accurate information and peace of mind for parents, with their children’s fingerprints and DNA on record should any emergency occur.

Headed up by the Archuleta County Emergency Management office, other agencies involved in day-to-day safety promotion and emergency services that will assist in the Expo are: La Plata Electric, the Pagosa Springs Fire Protection District and Archuleta County School District 50 JT, as sponsors. The Upper San Juan Hospital District Emergency Services, Pagosa Mountain Hospital, Archuleta County Sheriff Department, the Pagosa Springs Police Department, Search and Rescue, and the Chamber of Commerce are also helping with Expo efforts.

With these agencies and other involved groups involved, the Safety Expo is designed to be an educational yet fun day for the whole family. There will be prizes, giveaways, emergency equipment on display, and interactive and static demonstrations for the whole family to enjoy. The Safety Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2, in the parking lot at the high school.

Photo courtesy Indiana Reed
An LPEA crew works to replace a transformer on a main electrical line. Representatives from utility companies as well as from a variety of local emergency response groups will take part in the Safety Expo scheduled for May 2 at Pagosa Springs High School.