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Friday, September 15, 2006

1,200 scouts to learn emergency skills

FRAMINGHAM

Don't be alarmed by the helicopters, ambulances and other emergency vehicles converging on Keefe Tech High School tomorrow.

Dozens of local, state, and federal emergency officials plan to participate in an Emergency Preparedness Expo for Boy Scouts at the school on Winter Street in Framingham. About 1,200 area scouts, ranging from 7-year-old Webelos to 15-year-old Eagle Scouts, already have signed up to learn about what do in an emergency. The event is being put on by the Knox Trail Council, which covers scout units from throughout the Globe West area.

Deputy Chief Craig Davis of the Framingham Police Department helped organize the event. His 14-year-old son is a Life Scout (that's one step from Eagle Scout). Davis says that while pre-registration was required, scouts who still want to register on-site will not be turned away. The cost is $3 per scout, and it runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-- John C. Drake

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