April 29, 2004

Mayor & Senior Officer Willing Victims

GEORGINA Ė While most politicians and policemen would be loath to identify themselves as victims, Georgina Mayor Robert Grossi and York Regional Police Superintendent John Girvan actually volunteered for the job.


Mayor Grossi and Superintendent Girvan will play the roles of auto accident victims at the Georgina Emergency Preparedness Fair on May 5 at the Georgina Ice Palace in Keswick.  Itís all part of a rescue demonstration by the Georgina Fire Departmentís Auto Extrication Team and York Region Emergency Medical Services (EMS). 


WHEN:           Wednesday, May 5, 2004 - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE:        Georgina Ice Palace, 90 Wexford Drive, Keswick

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:  10:15 a.m., Mayorís Welcome,

                                                followed by Auto Extrication Demonstration




A joint effort between the Town of Georgina, the Georgina Fire Department and the Regional Municipality of York, the Georgina Emergency Preparedness Fair is being held to mark Emergency Preparedness Week (May 2 Ė 8, 2004), an annual national event intended to increase awareness about individual preparedness. 


Approximately 800 elementary school students are slated to visit the Fair, and the auto extrication demonstration will be one of many highlights of the day-long event.  The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature emergency vehicles, demonstrations and displays by a host of agencies including Hydro One, Enbridge, Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, Emergency Management Ontario, along with first responders from Georgina Fire Department, York Region EMS, York Regional Police, and Richmond Hill Fire Department.  Visitors will have the opportunity to get hands-on with emergency command centres, marine units, ambulances, and meet the experts who operate them, as well as see the York Regional Police Canine Unit, Search and Rescue Unit, the Georgina Fire Department Marine Unit, the York Region EMS Emergency Support Unit, and much more.              - 30 -


Contact:           Joan Prentice, Emergency Management Branch, York Region

- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-474-9675, ext. 1230

- Email: joan.prentice@region.york.on.ca

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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