Dozens of first responders meet Peoria residents face to face at emergency expo

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In the Peoria area alone we have a long list of first responders who will be there as quickly as you can call for help.

Bartonville, Limestone, Peoria Heights, and of course the city of Peoria all of these agencies and more came out for an Emergency Expo Wednesday.

“We have Peoria health department, Ameren and just a few organizations that we want the community to come and interact with,” said organizer Chris Chaidez.

For the past 14 years Peoria county has been facilitating this event saying they want neighbors to see who these responders are behind the uniform.

“It’s really important to actually come out here talk to them they’re our neighbors they’re our friends,”

Everyone from the PCAP to the bomb squad brought out the heavy artillery to show and tell.

“This is our third year that we’ve been in our here,” said Emily Kurth.

Parents love bringing their children, allowing them to learn more.

When asked when she brought her daughter to the expo Angela te-Nuyl replied, “Being that shes four-years-old we can tell her, but being able to actually see it and touch and experience it is important.”

If dangers do arise, you want to meet those who respond first, putting a name with a face.

“I think it makes it less scary when you do have to see them to see them in this environment,” te-Nuyl said, “Where they’re not in the intense situation and you’re not in the situation.”

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