Thousands of kids took part in the 2018 emergency services showcase Wednesday. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)

Vernon RCMP host Emergency Services Showcase

Thousands of kids attended two-hour event in Polson Park.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP hosted an Emergency Services showcase in Polson Park to educate the community about the important work first responders do.

Thousands of kids attended, and their voices and laughter rang throughout the park and — getting closer — many could be seen climbing in and out of police cars, fire trucks and other emergency service vehicles.

“A showcase such as this is a great opportunity for all the Emergency Services and partners within our community to come together to educate the public on the vast services each provides,” said Const. Kelly Brett. “We are excited to share with the public a piece of what keeps our communities safe.”

The two-hour event featured multiple units of the RCMP including air services, ERT, various police vehicles and police dog services. Other emergency services also showed up to showcase their work, including the City of Vernon Fire Rescue, the BC Ambulance Service and Vernon Search and Rescue.

“It gives them [kids] a chance to climb aboard the vehicles and take look at the equipment that we use and get a good sense as to what policing is all about,” she said.

During the showcase, the staple event came from the Police Dog Services unit. They conducted two demonstrations of service dogs in action for kids to enjoy and see first-hand.

Brett said she wasn’t sure how the exact number of kids attended the event but she is sure it was thousands and she wanted to thank anyone who came out to learn about the important work they do for Vernon to keep all its citizens safe.

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