WCU teamed up with Miami-Dade Fire and Police Departments for a special community event as part of National Safety Month. Activities included educational sessions like this one about correctly using a fire extinguisher.
Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month as a time to bring attention to key safety issues. The 2014 National Safety Month theme, "Safety: It takes all of us," was inspired by the idea of continuous risk reduction – a successful safety program depends on spotting hazards before they become a safety risk. West Coast University (WCU) partnered with the Miami Police Department and the Miami-Dade Fire Department to host an educational safety fair at the Miami campus, which was free and open to the public.
Among the many activities was a puppet show about stranger danger for kids, classroom educational sessions on a variety of topics, and several live demonstrations. The police department brought a 60-foot-long Crime Prevention Bus providing various safety and crime prevention information. Also, a police helicopter was on display. The fire department held demonstrations and parked a fire truck at the event so attendees could see inside.
“We were delighted to partner with these agencies to bring the community a crime prevention and fire safety event,” said Dr. Claudette Spalding, Dean of Nursing. “It was a pleasure working with Lieutenant Jill Sanchez of the Miami-Dade Police Department and Ms. Trenese Prater, Project Coordinator of the Miami-Dade Fire Department, and their team of officers and firefighters. Even though we are a new campus, WCU Miami embraces the community spirit that the university has been built on and we continually seek ways to be a resource for the community.”
Dr. Spalding said WCU is planning a no cost community event every month and future activities include an immunization clinic, CPR Classes, healthy living/ diet & exercise, breast cancer awareness with a mammography bus, diabetes clinic and AIDS awareness.
Families who attended the event got to see inside a fire truck, and the crime prevention bus from the police department offered information and videos on a variety of topics.