First responders work together managing hazard at Vaisakhi parade


2024-04-20 19:00 PDT

File # 2024-55401

On April 20, 2024 at 3:44 p.m., Surrey RCMP received a report of a hazardous situation near Anvil Way and 128 Street along the route of the Vaisakhi parade.

A scissor lift parked on private property made contact with some wires. Several police officers, with assistance from Surrey Fire Service, BC Emergency Health Services, and Bylaw Services responded. First responders cleared the parade crowd from the area around the hazard, making it safe until BC Hydro attended. There were no injuries reported.

Out of an abundance of caution, and in coordination with the parade organizers the parade was halted and the crowd safely dispersed leading up to the conclusion of the event.

Surrey RCMP estimates 550,000 in attendance at the Vaisakhi parade.

Aside from the hazard involving the scissor lift, there were no major incidents reported and no arrests were made, says Sergeant Tammy Lobb, Media Relations Officer with Surrey RCMP. Today was an excellent example of how first responders work collaboratively to ensure this large-scale, community event remains safe and enjoyable.

For media inquiries contact:
Sgt. Tammy Lobb
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
Office: 604-599-7776

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