Get the big picture about the people who keep us healthy

By Meg Olson

The Whatcom County Fire District 5 open house will be about a lot more than the fire department. Collaborating with the Point Roberts Clinic and other agencies involved in emergency services in Point Roberts, fire chief Christopher Carleton said he wanted to give the community the big picture about the people who keep them healthy and safe.

“It’s to help the community meet the healthcare providers and emergency responders that are here for them and to show them our equipment and facilities,” Carleton said.

“It’s also a good day of fun,” he added.

The Saturday, August 15 event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benson Road fire station. Carleton said apparatus and personnel from Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, AirLift Northwest, the American Red Cross, the  Point Roberts Emergency Preparedness (PREP) group and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) would be at the event. Delta Fire and Emergency Services will attend, Carleton said, “so we can honor the relationship with our Canadian neighbors.”

The Point Roberts Clinic will be open to visitors and the Interfaith Community Health Center will offer free exams and information about keeping teeth healthy.

Carleton said multiple educational opportunities throughout the afternoon will also be available in the fire station training hall.

Local resident Alexandria Szabo has also organized a blood drive for the day in collaboration with the Puget Sound Blood Center. While Szabo said the morning slots have filled up, spaces are still available to donate in the afternoon. To make an appointment contact Szabo at prblooddrive@gmail.com.

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