By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jamie Hawkins, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
SILVERDALE, Wash. – Service members and DoD civilians stationed on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor (NBK) took part in a Recreational Safety Rodeo and Health Fair, July 17.
The event, sponsored by Navy Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest, showcased the latest safety information related to tobacco use, physical activity, pest control, electrical power, diabetes prevention, and other personal safety topics.
“We started planning this event in January with the goal of having more involvement from local commands and businesses,” said Teresa Barnet, NAVFAC Northwest Contingency Coordinator and Manager, and chairman of the NBK Safety Committee. “This year we were very fortunate to have representatives from the local search and rescue as well as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).”
The NBK Safety Committee set up 13 different stations with multiple-choice questions and hands on activities. If the attendants completed the tasks set before them they were rewarded with more than just knowledge, such as a keychain or coffee mug.
“Some of the items covered today is something we have all heard before,” said Chief Operations Specialist Leo Sambs, Naval Hospital Bremerton Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP). “By interacting with people, getting them involved, it helps them to remember the lessons learned and maybe if they are ever put into a dangerous situation they will know how to respond.”
Among those who set up displays were the firefighters of Key Port Station 79, who had simulators for attendees to fight common household fires.
“I thought I knew how to handle a fire extinguisher and how to handle kitchen fires,” said Lisa Evans, Safety Rodeo attendee. “Today I learned the proper way to do so and even some tips on what not to do.”
The Safety Rodeo and Health Fair is hosted every year during the “101 Days of Summer,” as a way to reinforce thinking about safety during the summer months.
“Every year we want to try and reach even more people to spread safety knowledge,” said Barnet. “Last year we had about 150 people come out and see what we have to show them. We are hoping to more than double that today.”
One of the main goals of the fair was for the Sailors and civilians who attended to pass the information they learned onto someone else.
“I believe if only one person walks away from this with more knowledge than they had before the goals of today have been met,” said Sambs. “Possibly saving one life, getting that knowledge out there, makes all of this today worth it.”