Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 29 NEW GLASGOW - Matthew DeYoung struggles to lift the fire extinguisher, which probably weighs as much as the seven-year-old. A New Glasgow firefighter steps in, crouches next to the boy and helps him aim at the flames just a metre in front of him. Grinning, DeYoung sprays the extinguisher, putting out the flames, as other kids look on. “That was my favorite thing so far,” exclaims the Stellarton boy. “I never had to do that before.” DeYoung, along with 20 other kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters, is participating this week in the Kids and Cops program, where Pictou County youths get the chance to experience some of the things emergency responders see on a daily basis. This is DeYoung’s first time participating in the annual camp, which he described as “a lot of fun.” So far this week, they’ve paid a visit to the K-9 unit, attended emergency response training, played drug awareness games, participated in a Ground Search and Rescue exercise and visited with the identification service. “The whole thing is about giving these kids a fun filled week and showing them what it is that we do,” explained Const. Ken MacDonald. “There’s a big educational portion of it.” That’s where the fire extinguisher training comes in. It is designed to teach the kids how to properly extinguish a fire under controlled circumstances. That way, he say in an emergency situation they’ll know what to do. One by one, the kids try their hand at extinguishing the flames, all grinning proudly as they succeed.” “It’s a valuable tool.” he said. “We partner with police and other emergency services to show these kids what we do and why we do it.” It’s a little too heavy for him to lift, but it doesn’t stop Matthew DeYoung, 7, from putting out a fire Thursday. The Stellarton boy was participating in the Kids and Cops program, which included training on how to properly use a fire extinguisher by members of the New Glasgow Fire Department. Jennifer Vardy-Little - The News Kids have a hot time with cops, firefighters Originally published Friday, July 24th, 2009 - The News By Jennifer Vardy-Little Originally published October 1, 2009 - The Guardian - Guardian photo The Island Network for Injury Prevention recently held a bicycle safety seminar with keynote speaker Dr. Simon Walling of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. From left are Ken Murnaghan, Brain Injury Coalition of P.E.I.; Sally Lockhart, Island Network for Injury Prevention; Lynn Fenerty, neurosurgical nurse from the QEII Hospital; and Const. Brian Donnelly, Charlottetown Police Services, who spoke as first responder to bicycle accidents. Lockhart is holding a cutout model of a human head to show just how thin the skull is, and Fenerty is displaying a model of a brain to show how soft and delicate it is and how easily it can be injured. Originally published January 30, 2009 - The Guardian - Guardian photo The Wal-Mart in Charlottetown recently held a fundraising drive for the Special Olympics on P.E.I., raising $4,000 for the organization. All the money will stay in the province to help Special Olympics. From left are Erin Frizzell; Carl Gibbons, manager of the store; Sandra Norris; Arron Myers and Const. Melissa Craswell, member of the Charlottetown City Police.