City Hosts Arena Safety Week and Invites Residents to Celebrate with a Free Skate and More!

Release date: 
January 30, 2019

The City of Kamloops will host Arena Safety Week February 4-8, 2019, which will include hands-on opportunities to reinforce the arena safety procedures that keep workers and the public safe.

During the week, City crews will participate in training, including an ammonia leak simulation, in light of recent changes through Technical Safety BC and WorkSafeBC following the tragic ammonia leak at a facility in Fernie, BC, in 2017.

“Arena Safety Week is an opportunity for our employees to be part of training simulations where they are using their safety knowledge. It’s also a chance to let residents know these hands-on exercises are in the best interest of protecting staff and the public,” said Jeff Putnam, the City’s Parks and Civic Facilities Manager.

In addition to staff training, a free public skate to celebrate Arena Safety Week is planned for Friday, February 8, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.

During the public skate, which is on a non-instructional day for students, residents will have the opportunity to skate with Digger, the Kamloops Blazers’ mascot; take photos with the Zamboni, and test their arena safety skills to be entered to win prizes. Following the skate, interactive demonstrations are planned by local skating and hockey clubs.

All are welcome.