Refugee Safety Training

By News 8

Published 07/03 2014 09:23PM

Updated 07/03 2014 09:35PM

Some local Nepalese residents spent the day learning how to better protect themselves.  A public safety class was held today at Mary's Place.  Police, 9-1-1 operators, and interpreters demonstrated how Nepalese residents can interact with emergency responders.  They learned how to say "Hello, my name is" and "I am Nepali."  The training is important in helping the refugees trust first responders.

"The authorities that they recognize that are in uniform and they are not friendly.  So they come here, afraid of uniforms, afraid of authority.  So if an ambulance pulls up in a uniform and the driver hops out, they freeze.  Especially when they don't know what to say, and the people that they're talking to do not understand them."  said Fouder and Director of Mary's Place Kathy Labue.

Nepalese residents are no stranger to Mary's Place.  Many spend days there learning their English, math and other skills.

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