The CAER organization of Sarnia-Lambton will be hosting its annual Emergency Preparedness Day Show at the Clearwater Arenas this Friday ( May 11) running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This annual event is held in conjunction with National Emergency Preparedness week in Canada. From a humble beginning in 2001 of 59 displays and around 600 attendees, the show has grown to over 100 displays and last year’s attendance topped over 2000.
Displays have been assembled for this year’s event, coming from as far away as Toronto, Gravenhurst, Owen Sound, Chatham, London, Hamilton and Port Huron, as well as a large contingent from Lambton County.
Exhibitors for the show come from the municipal, industrial, government, military and private sectors. Both arenas and most of the parking lot will be taken up by displays. There will also be several antique fire apparatus on display in what has been dubbed “Heritage Road”.
Some of the more prominent displays at this year’s event will be Preferred Towing’s Rotator Unit, Nova’s High Angle Rescue Team, Suncor’s Hazmat Team, OPP Tactical Response/Explosives Disposal Unit, OPG’s Mobile Command Post from Toronto and Suncor’s new High Volume Water Pumper, to name just a few.
Lambton College and Canadian Forces Recruitment Centre from London will be in attendance for students considering their future in these two fields.
While there are 1.000 students from Lambton County Elementary Schools registered, there is still room for another 500 to attend.
The Celebrity Chefs Booth will be on site with local dignitaries serving. All proceeds from the sale of a burger or hot dog with a drink for a ‘toonie’” will be donated to the Salvation Army for their work in the community.
Admittance to the event is free.