Sunday, October 11, 2015

CRESA Open House

Our unassuming northern suburb is full of surprises, for those brave enough to cross the mighty Columbia! One Saturday we visited for the CRESA open house. CRESA stands for Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, and their open house is epic!  Every emergency services team you've ever heard of, and plenty you haven't, show up each fall to display their equipment and astound kids with their awesomeness.  While you are learning that emergencies could happen the likes of which you've never even imagined, you are simultaneously learning that someone else has not only already thought of them, but prepared!  It's oddly comforting.  My most favorite stop was with the Hostage Negotiation Team, where a calm and charming team member spoke to us soothingly and made us feel really, really listened to!  They explained that their specialized training makes them often useful to police in tense situations.  
National Guard Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package!  Ready to come to any applicable emergency to decontaminate!
The Explosives Disposal Unit (aka the Bomb Squad) showed off this neato robot, which Jasper learned is fully capable of climbing and descending stairs. 
The Clark County Sheriff has this fearsome armored vehicle, sporting a gun turret in the roof.  
Clark Public Utilities has this "Hazard Hamlet" which kids absolutely love.  The operators can use it to illustrate sundry ways to be accidentally electrocuted, and push buttons to create arcs within the diorama.  
A horse and brave volunteer from an equestrian search and rescue team.  Search and rescue teams tend to have busy autumns, courtesy of reckless mushroom foragers. 

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