Learn to stay safe at expo

Event to show how local emergency responders work and offer hands-on activities
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Keeping children, families, homes and property safe is the goal of the Health and Safety Expo. The free event features demonstrations by the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, competitions by Loomis and South Placer Fire Protection Districts crews, food, vendors and lots of give-aways for kids and families. It will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 22, at Del Oro High School. Sheriff’s K-9 officers, special enforcement teams and bomb squad members will be providing demonstrations throughout the day. Law enforcement helicopters, tactical vehicles and emergency vehicles will be on display. Deputy Ryan Berry is the resource officer at Del Oro High School and has helped organize the event. He said the Expo will be held on the upper soccer and baseball fields and in the quad area. “We’re going to have lot of the department vehicles on display, like the Hummer and jail bus. We’ll have a lot of little freebies for kids, lots of good information on health and safety,” Berry said. Andy Portillo, a Loomis Fire engineer, said, “The Expo shows the community what law enforcement and fire do on incidents. Most people don’t get to see that.” The public, Portillo said, will get to participate with firefighters in two competitions that are part of a fire-muster competition. A make-and-break fire hose relay and a bucket-brigade relay will demonstrate traditional firefighting techniques. He said teams will be made up of fire staff and the public. Berry said that, emergency calls permitting, the California Highway Patrol, California Shock Trauma Air Rescue and Placer County Sheriff’s helicopters will be at the Expo. According to Berry, Sutter Health will be providing free cholesterol screening, body fat measurement and blood-pressure testing. Parents can also receive a free DNA Lifeprint kit for their children. The sheriff’s association will be giving away children’s life jackets on a first-come basis. The expo is presented by the Placer County Sheriff’s Council on behalf of the Sheriff’s Department. According to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dena Erwin, the "Sheriff's Council supplements the department's shrinking budget by assisting with the purchase of equipment." She said the council is made up of business leaders who have raised funds for such items as ballistic shields, Tasers, pepperball systems, honor guard uniforms and more. Tom Keith, a video producer and director with Sound Strategies in Loomis, is a member of the Sheriff’s Council. He said the Sheriff’s Council chose the Del Oro site because it is centrally located in the area served by the department. For more information, call the Sheriff’s Council at 652-2450. -------------------- HEALTH & SAFETY EXPO What: Demonstrations, displays, free DNA Lifeprint kits, give aways for children and families, free health screening for cholesterol and blood pressure, free body fat measurement. When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 22 Where: Del Oro High School Admission: Free Sponsored by: Placer County Sheriff’s Council More information: 652-2450 EXPO EVENTS 10 a.m. Placer Honor Guard posts colors 10:30 a.m. Make and break hose contest: Loomis and South Placer Fire and audience 11 a.m. K-9 demonstration 11:30 a.m. Jaws of Life demonstration: Penryn Fire 12 p.m. Changing of the guard 12:30 p.m. Placer County Mounted Unit 1 p.m. Bucket Brigade contest: Loomis and South Placer Fire and audience teams 1:30 p.m. Citizen Rescue: Special Enforcement Team and Tactical rescue vehicle 2 p.m. Power of airbag deployment: Penryn Fire 2:30 p.m. Bomb Robot demonstration: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team 3 p.m. Make and break hose contest: Loomis and South Placer Fire and audience 3:15 p.m. Suspect extraction demonstration: Special Enforcement Team and K-9 team 3:45 p.m. Honor Guard retires colors