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Emergency crews take over Vernon park in showcase

Vehicle extrication, police dog demo, helicopter landing
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Hundreds of students packed Vernon’s Polson Park Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, for the third iteration of the Emergency Services Showcase. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Community members can get a close look Tuesday at the gear, vehicles and members used in an emergency, at a showcase taking over Polson Park.

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP presents the annual Emergency Service Showcase in the park oval from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 26.

This event provides an opportunity for the public to interact with emergency services and public safety agencies from the area. It will include vehicle and equipment displays from BC Emergency Health Services, Vernon Search and Rescue, the Canadian Forces British Columbia Dragoons and various specialized units of the RCMP including the Emergency Response Team, Tactical Troop, and BC Highway Patrol. Vernon Fire Rescue Services will perform a vehicle extrication scenario and an RCMP Police Dog Service team will give a live demonstration.

An RCMP Air Services helicopter will also be making a guest appearance with a planned landing in the park at 10:30 a.m., weather permitting.

“The event has been a great success in the past and we’re excited to have it again,” said Const. Chris Terleski, media relations officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. “It’s a great opportunity for the public to interact with us in a way they normally can’t, to get to know us better and to really find out more about the role emergency response agencies play in our community.”

The event is open to the public and everyone is invited to take advantage of this opportunity to meet your local emergency service personnel and participate in hands-on activities and displays.

“We’re always on the lookout for good people and our recruiting team will be set up and in the park as well. If you’ve ever thought about a career in the RCMP, this is your chance to learn first-hand about the opportunities that await you,” Terleski said.

Vehicle access to Polson Park will be limited and the road encompassing the park will be closed to through traffic. Please enter the park using the main entrance off of Highway 6. Parking space will available in the northeast parking lot.

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