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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is applying for several grants to help boost resources for multiple fire departments in the region.

In a board meeting on March 10th, the district authorized a submission to the B.C. Hydro Broad Impact Grant Program for $8,955 to purchase a fire prevention simulator.

According to a PRRD report, the interactive simulator is a portable, realistic model of a kitchen oven, countertop, and electrical outlet that can simulate pot, oven, and toaster fires.

It can also simulate an electrical outlet overloading and is designed to demonstrate the dangers of unsafe cooking and the proper actions to take in various emergency situations.

The protective services manager with the PRRD, Sean Cairnes, says the device has a variety of uses.

“It could be used for anything from school presentations to community events or open houses at the fire department, wherever they’re engaging the public,” Cairnes said,

“This is something that they can quickly and easily set up. It only takes a few minutes to run a few people through the presentation on what they need to be doing to be safe while cooking.”

The simulator would be used by the Charlie Lake and Moberly Fire Departments for public education programs and be available for other fire detachments in the region to borrow.

The district will also be applying to multiple grants to replace firefighter turn-out gear for both the CLFD and MLFD.

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