OLYMPIA – One of the state’s most versatile employees never makes overtime, no matter how hard she works or how much danger she faces on the job. At just under five feet tall, she weighs 485 pounds and if she runs low on energy, she doesn’t always follow directions. Still, co-workers trust her with their lives.
Her name is Daisy — otherwise known as Andros F-6A, Washington State Patrol’s bomb squad robot.
Daisy and her partner, Sgt. Neil Schuster, will be zipping around the Capitol during the Public Employees Safety Awareness and Preparedness Fair, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sept. 11.
Daisy plans to show off her percussion-activated, laser-sighted, anti-bomb weapons for onlookers. She will be one of nearly 50 safety-related vendors and demonstrations at this year’s fair. Fairgoers can learn about public safety services and purchase safety-related merchandise.
“Did I mention the free hot dogs?” quipped fair coordinator Patrick Colvin. They’ll be served up with potato chips by representatives of the Washington Federation of State Employees and Washington State Employees Credit Union.
What: 2nd Annual Capitol Campus Safety Fair
When: September 11, 2008 from 10am to 2pm
Where: East Capitol Campus Plaza
· An awards ceremony for state and federal employees who have made exceptional contributions in the area of public safety.
· A 9-11 commemoration featuring a small section of the Twin Towers
· WSP Swat Team members
· A building rappel demonstration by Department of Transportation’s search and rescue team
· A “jaws of life” demonstration
· Smokey Bear
Patrick Colvin,Capitol Campus Safety Fair Coordinator, (360) 664-0092
Janelle Guthrie, Director of Communications, (360) 586-0725