Archuleta County Safety Expo set for May 2

La Plata Electric Association is teaming up with the Pagosa Fire Protection District and Archuleta County School District 50JT, as well as additional local emergency response organizations, to host the inaugural Archuleta County Safety Expo, Saturday, May 2, at Pagosa Springs High School.

With a focus on home, road and outdoor safety for children and adults, the Safety Expo will feature more than 20 local and regional service providers. Activities, slated to run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., include educational and live demonstrations, including management of a mock emergency incident. Activities for children are also planned.

“This will be the first time an event of this type and magnitude will have been held in the region,” said Mike Alley, LPEA-Pagosa Springs line superintendent and co-coordinator of the expo. “It’ll be much more than just displays. As of now, several helicopters will be coming in; the Colorado Highway Patrol will be bringing in the crash simulator; and of course we’ll have our bucket trucks and be offering arc demonstrations, which dramatically demonstrate the power of electricity.”

The natural gas industry, law enforcement, the American Red Cross, search and rescue, emergency medical services, the Mounted Rangers and the U.S. Forest Service (with Smokey Bear) and more will be represented.

Entrance to the event is free of charge, though a variety of food vendors will be on hand for sales of breakfast/lunch items and beverages.

For further information, contact Alley at (970) 382-7721.