Camp 911 set for July 27 at Big Rapids DPS

Program teaches seniors about in home safety, identity theft

MECOSTA, OSCEOLA, LAKE COUNTIES — The 2022 Camp 911, hosted by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27 at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety building, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids.

Registration will be 8-9 a.m., with activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., which will involve learning, prizes and fun.

During the event, the Big Rapids Fire Department will demonstrate a vehicle extrication. The Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will give a presentation on recognizing the early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Other educational sessions will include emergency preparedness by Mecosta County Emergency Management, staying safe in the home presented by Mecosta County EMS and fire safety presented by the Big Rapids Fire Department.

The Big Rapids Police Department and the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office will talk about identity theft and scams, and how to avoid them.

Snacks and lunch will be provided. Participants should dress comfortably.

Camp 911 is a collaborative effort among law enforcement, fire departments, EMS, emergency management, senior service providers and senior citizens, working to provide seniors with readiness training for various incidences and emergencies.

The one-day, hands-on learning and safety experience is open to older residents of Mecosta, Osceola and Lake counties free of charge. To register call 231-796-4848.

There will be no Osceola Camp 911 this year due to scheduling issues and the Osceola County Commission on Aging’s pending move into the new building in Hersey.