Touch-a-Truck held for forest fire evacuees

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Pikangikum First Nation members got a chance to learn about fire safety and fire prevention today.

The Timmins Fire Department, along with the Timmins Police Service, EMS and Nishnawabe Aski Nation's Amber's Fire Safety Campaign, held a Touch-a-Truck event at Ramada Inn Monday afternoon.

About 150 evacuees from Pikangikum First Nation are staying in Timmins due to active forest fires in northwestern Ontario.

Fire Chief Tom Laughren said the event gave the attendees an opportunity to talk to the emergency service providers, have a look at the emergency vehicles and the equipment, and learn about fire safety including how fire alarms and smoke detectors work.

Throughout the day, more than 60 children under the age of 10 as well as parents stopped by, Laughren said.

“It’s a nice day for people to get out. It’s a good activity for the group to do,” he said. “At the same time, we’ve had some of our guys play basketball with the kids.”

Dariya Baiguzhiyeva, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,

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