Coal Miner Days
During Coal Miner Days the Sparwood Fire Department hosts an Emergency Awareness Day at the Sparwood Leisure Center. There is something for everyone; kids activities such as fire fit challenge that tests your skill in stair climb, hose pull using rope, hose target and a dummy drag, see the Ladder Truck with its ladder extended into the sky, and always the favourite Fire Engine rides. Adults can check out the displays and get information on safety, wildland interface awareness, emergency preparedness and more. People have the opportunity to tour the various emergency response vehicles and see the rescue equipment up close. There will be a demonstration to watch how the public services agencies work. Crap a bite from the food vendors and stroll through the street and parking lot to see and talk with the dedicated people who serve you, then let the kids cool off in the splash pad. Let the Sparwood Fire Department help make fire safety a learning experience while you enjoy a family fun day.
Don't forget to catch the Auto Extrication Demo (approximate time 1:00pm) and the Free Fire Truck Rides! (12:00-4:00pm) Find out more information here:
Thanks to our Sparwood Fire Department our entire Coal Miner Days events are so much better! With everything from world class Fireworks, participating in our Parade, Fire Fit Challenge, Emergency Awareness Day, and make sure you get your Golf Ball Drop Fund-raiser tickets that will be on sale from any Fire Department member, encourage community spirit and participation through education and fun!
Emergency Preparedness ....Are you ready?
Wildfires, floods, power outages, severe weather events and many other disasters are a realistic part of everyday life here in the Elk Valley. It's important that all residents and their families are knowledgeable and ready when an emergency occurs.
1. Know The Risks
2. Make A Plan
3. Get an Emergency Kit
Fire: The Sparwood Fire Department provides fire suppression, motor vehicle extrication, rescue, fire prevention inspections (assembly & commercial), and public “Fire Prevention & Safety” education, as well as other related services within the District of Sparwood. In an emergency they can be contacted by dialing 9-1-1.
Ambulance: Sparwood is part of the BC Ambulance Services (BCAS) and can be reached by dialing 9-1-1 during an emergency. staff actively participate in emergency planning, mock disaster exercises and other joint training initiatives to ensure disaster preparedness and response capabilities are identified and deployed quickly and effectively when they are needed most.
RCMP: The Royal Mounted Canadian Police in Sparwood do their best to serve and protect in any situation, and are prepared for when disaster strikes. They deal with anything from child abduction, to robberies and even severe weather. In an emergency they can be contacted by dialing 9-1-1.
Search and Rescue: Assists local emergency management during disasters, and participate in community events and public education programs to help raise awareness. Whether it is a lost child in the woods around town, or an injured snowmobiler deep in the backcountry, Sparwood's dedicated team of unpaid professionals is on call 24/7 to respond to emergencies.
For more information on the District of Sparwood's Emergency Policies, see the District of Sparwood website at www.Sparwood.ca and follow the links.