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More Than 400 Attend Lab’s Safety, Security & Sustainability Fair

Julio Muñoz of the Alameda County Fire Department hands a toy firefighter helmet to Charles Leggett of the Computational Research Division.

Julio Muñoz of the Alameda County Fire Department hands a toy firefighter helmet to Charles Leggett of the Computational Research Division.

Question: What does a smokehouse have in common with a Big Shaker? Answer: They were both featured attractions at the Safety, Security & Sustainability Fair on April 28.

More than 400 people strolled through the “fair” grounds (the cafeteria parking lot) with 20 booths and five main attractions, including a smokehouse (a trailer designed to demonstrate what happens during a structure fire), the popular Big Shaker (a mobile earthquake simulator), and live demos on electrical safety.

Some attendees had a chance to get a free bike tune-up from the Berkeley-based Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative. A few stopped to pet an almost-retired FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) search-and-rescue dog. And others visited informational booths sponsored by the Alameda County Fire Department, the American Red Cross, the City of Berkeley, the UC Police Department, and the Berkeley Medical Reserve Corp., among others. Charles Leggett of the Computational Research Division managed to get a free toy firefighter helmet from the Alameda County Fire Department. “It’s for my four-year-old son. He really likes firefighters and fire trucks,” said Leggett.

Frank Rosado (EHS Division), Xiaoling Yuan (Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division), and Marilyn Saarni (Earth and Environmental Sciences Area) won the raffle for a free deluxe emergency kit.

The fair was sponsored by the Lab’s Protective Services Group with participation from the EHS Division, the Sustainable Berkeley Lab office, the Human Resources CARE Service program, the Berkeley Lab Safety Culture group, the Joint Genome Institute, and Health Services. Rhett Persaud of Protective Services worked closely with the Emergency Management group to organize the event dedicated to the “Safety of our people and community, security of our property and assets, and sustainability of our environment and mission.”

– By Theresa Duque