In a new press release today, the Town of Cobourg clarified the usage of the trailers at the Trailer park. A better description of their usage would be a “relief base camp for first responders and frontline medical workers”. They would be used by frontline workers who are in need of respite and/or self-isolation from possible exposure to COVID-19. Shannon Murphy, Emergency Planner for the Town of Cobourg explains that “the prevalence of fatigue in frontline medical staff and first responders is a major issue. The base camp will be focused on promoting self-care and rest, and for those who need to self-isolate due to potential exposure.”
Although the trailers were provided by Owasco (see earlier Post), there are also other local suppliers to thank:
- Rent All Centre in Cobourg donated nearly 1,300 feet of temporary fencing;
- The Town of Cobourg’s Parks and Waterfront staff helped set it up;
- The Cobourg Police Service provided logistical management;
- Ready Print provided signs with a quick turnaround.
At the “base camp”, emergency responders can find the peace and quiet they need to de-stress. They serve to provide areas for alone time, relaxation, as well as sleep. Relief workers can set themselves up for success and better health by making sure they take care of their own needs as well as the needs of others. Access to mobile sleeper trailers can also encourage responders to get the sleep they need to help others effectively.
The First Responder and Frontline Medical Worker Relief Base Camp is closed to the public and residents are asked to “please keep a safe and quiet distance away from the Victoria Park Campground at this time”.
It’s good to see the Town and the community coming together to support our front-line workers.