Mayor Naheed Nenshi said it’s the most important event at city hall, when he kicked off the 15th annual Safety Expo on Wednesday.
Over 4,000 Grade 5 and 6 students got hands on safety training — making mock 9-1-1 phone calls, trying a driving simulator and getting life saving tips, like knowing your home and friend’s address.
Director of Calgary Community Standards, Richard Hinse, says teaching children what to do in an emergency is important at any age.
“An eight-year-old boy here in the city of Calgary who understands that his father’s having a stroke, at eight years old, he helped his father through that, he called 9-1-1 and we got the help. That man is alive today because his son understood what are the things you have to do when there’s an emergency,” said Hinse.
Calgary police, YouthLink, and the Calgary Emergency Management Agency were included in the over 20 exhibitors giving students hands on experience.