911 simulator donated to police, firefighters

Posted: Friday, April 28, 2000

State Farm Insurance agents donated a 911 Simulator to Capital City Fire/Rescue and the Juneau Police Department. Both the police and fire departments have programs in place to teach children 911 safety.

The simulator is the premier device in teaching 911 safety. It is an interactive experience where the participant answers questions from a recorded operator. The device also has the capability to add a phone line so a person may ask questions instead of the simulated operator.

Fire Chief Mike L. Doyle states, ``the simulator allows us to take a real life experience into our schools. It lets us demonstrate how the 911 system works and gives children a `hands on' opportunity to practice their skills.''

Although 911 emergencies come in many forms, Alaska is particularly vulnerable to fires. According to the National Fire Data Center, Alaska ranked second nationwide in average property loss per fire and third in civilian deaths per 1000 fires in 1997.

The presentation took place Wednesday at the Juneau Police Department. State Farm agents Reuben Willis and Clif Beadle presented the simulator to Fire Chief Mike L. Doyle and Sgt. Steve D. Hernandez.

State Farm developed the 911 Simulator and has donated over 300 of the devices nationwide. It is just one of the many fire prevention and safety programs the company offers to communities.



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