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Questions Arise After Tragic Death Of Father Of 2 At Extreme Air Park

Extreme Air Park

Photo: Jay Greenwood / Facebook

People were shocked when news broke on Wednesday, January 24th that a father of 3 was fatally injured at Richmond’s Extreme Air Park.

Since the event, numerous people have noted that the facility seemed extremely unprepared to handle such an emergency.

The Times Colonist spoke to a witness to the event, Charles Bouzakis, who was appalled by the lack of safety at the facility. He mentioned how there seemed to be absolutely no organization, and very little supervision.

“His daughter’s at the front desk screaming and crying: ‘My dad’s stuck and he’s not breathing.’ And the front-desk attendant said: ‘One moment. I’m just checking in these customers. I’ll be with you after that,’ ” Bouzakis said.

Bouzakis also posted his thoughts on Facebook after the incident. He noted how, “the staff are extremely under qualified children them selves.” Furthermore, he added that, “I know CPR I was in an impossible situation buried my self in 6 feet of foam blocks in an 8 foot pit.”

Richmond’s Extreme Air Park

Bouzakis wasn’t the only person that felt staff were unqualified and unprepared. Multitudes of people replied on his post, while others took toTwitter to share their opinions.

“According to the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP), the number of parks has swollen worldwide from three in 2009 to more than 1,000 by the end of last year. The explosion has seen a corresponding spike in injuries,” reports CBC News.

Canada currently doesn’t regulate trampoline parks; the country has a tendency to follow American Standards, but it has not regulating body of its own.

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