El Paso-Teller County educates thousands of people each year on the appropriate use of 9-1-1. The 9-1-1 Safety Trailer is a tool that allows us to give participants a hands on experience allowing them to participate in a simulated emergency, practice getting themselves to safety, and allowing them to practice a 9-1-1 call. The 9-1-1 Safety Trailer is recommended for ages 5 and up.
The 9-1-1 Safety Trailer is divided into 2 rooms, a kitchen and a bedroom.
The bedroom is equipped with a heated/smoking door. Participants can be shown how to block smoke with a towel, then evacuate to safety using the window escape ladder. Smoke detectors add to the realism of the scenario. Participants are taught to “Get out and Stay Out”, know 2 ways out of each room, check doors for heat, crawl low below the smoke, and get to the safety of the meeting place. The bedroom is also equipped with a cordless phone that allows the participants to practice dialing 9-1-1.
The kitchen is equipped with interactive appliances. Scenarios that take place in the kitchen incorporate digital flames (led lights), smoke, and heat to create an element of realism.
- Oven fire ignite
- Smoke emits from the oven
- Fire spreads to stovetop
- Overhead heaters intensify
- Trashcan next to the stove ignites.
- Smoke detector sounds.
- A laser driven fire extinguisher interacts with the stove and trashcan prop to demonstrate the appropriate use of a fire extinguisher.
Participants can use phones in the kitchen, hallway, or bedroom to dial 9-1-1 and practice an emergency phone call.
The kitchen also has a severe weather package. Participants can learn the difference between a weather “watch” and “warning”. After learning the basics about weather safety, the 9-1-1 safety trailer can simulate a tornado to include the sounds of rain, thunder and high winds. A strobe light behind the curtain also flashes to simulate lightning.