AUSTIN (KXAN) — First responders with Austin’s police, fire and emergency services gave the public a look inside their emergency vehicles Saturday as part of Public Safety Day.
The event was hosted by Westlake High School student and member of the Texas Youth Preparedness Council, Nolan Screen. He said he wanted to give the public an opportunity to meet and get to know their local first responders, “while having a fun time.”
Emergency crews say they hope the event sparked conversation between parents and kids, on how to respond in an emergency.
“He is learning about the different community helpers, and the jobs that they do, and how they keep us safe and how he can keep himself safe, by calling 911,” said mother Laurie Hudson about her young son. “What to say if he calls 911. And when he sees these trucks driving out and about, he will know a little bit more about it and not be so scared.”
“I love it when the kids have lots of questions,” said Cmdr. Keith Noble with Austin-Travis County EMS. “Their first question is usually just, ‘What is this?’ And my response is just that it’s a big ambulance that we carry a lot of people in.”
He is talking about the biggest vehicle at the event, the AM-Bus. There are 13 of the vehicles in Texas, including one stationed right here in Central Texas. Combine, the 13 buses can transport up to 260 patients.
The Texas Youth Preparedness Council has 25 members from high schools across the state. The group focuses on promoting safety and emergency preparedness throughout Texas and in local communities.
The Austin Police Department, APD SWAT Team, Austin Fire Department, Austin-Travis County EMS and the Austin Police Communication Division all had representatives at the event.