At any time, Edmonton could face an emergency due to environmental, man-made or technological causes. Luckily, our city and Metro region have a strong emergency response community that delivers important services for emergency prevention, response and recovery. This includes public events like Get Ready in the Park that promotes collaboration, interaction and knowledge transfer.
“Get Ready in the Park is a great event because it’s a fun way to close the gap between emergency responders and the public. It helps everyone understand what we do and how we serve the community,” said Rob Squire, Deputy Fire Chief, Office of Emergency Management for Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS). “Each year, we invite people to join us so they can have their questions answered, while learning more about emergency-related resources and preparedness tips for a variety of situations.”
The 11th annual Get Ready in the Park is on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m at Hawrelak Park and is hosted by the City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and EFRS. At the event, over 70 representatives from emergency agencies will help everyone “Be Emergency Ready” by sharing information on the breadth of potential incidents that could impact people in the Edmonton and Metro region. Participating agencies include the OEM, EFRS, Edmonton Police, STARS, EPCOR, ATCO and many others.
Get Ready in the Park also provides a free, family-friendly and interactive environment to learn about the equipment and vehicles that help responders do their jobs. Attendees can even look inside or sit behind the wheel of an emergency vehicle, including a fire truck.
“It’s always great to see the grins on kids’ faces as they hop into the driver’s seat,” said Deputy Chief Squire. “The adults too.”
While people are free to come and go as they please, event parking is limited, so everyone is encouraged to take ETS or other forms of transit to Get Ready in the Park. Free ETS shuttle service is available at Windsor Car Park to and from Hawrelak Park from 7 a.m.- 3:55p.m. at 20 minute intervals.
More information about Get Ready in the Park can be found at edmonton.ca/getreadyinthepark. To learn about local resources and preparedness tips, please visit the Emergency Preparedness section: edmonton.ca/emergencypreparedness.