Monday, October 12, 2015

Peigan Fire visits Piikani School for 2015 Fire Prevention Week

Peigan fire with Piikani students
Chris Davis

Peigan Fire visited with Piikani School elementary students on Monday October 5, during Fire Protection Week, spending several hours with several age groups.  The event included demonstrations of their pumper truck, firefighting gear and techniques,  and a talk about the importance of having adequate up-to-date smoke alarms at home, including one in every bedroom.  Surprise fire drills were also planned for the next day.

According to Peigan Fire Chief Floyd Provost the department currently has 21 volunteer members.  The number of calls they attend varies widely from year to year.  "One year we had 27 grass fires, we maxed at 75 grass fires one year, and it has been dropping," said Provost.  "I think last year we had about 10."  He expressed great pride at the efforts of his volunteer crew and what it means to the Piikani community.  "It brings a lot of value. Every fire department does.  Every fire department in Canada every time they go out, it makes a difference.   It matters to somebody."

A portable water container was demonstrated.  It enables firefighters to build up a reserve close to a fire.
Piikani Fire also assists other fire departments when called upon to do so, including Pincher Creek, Fort Macleod, and Cardston.

Every bedroom should have a smoke alarm
Some tips from the presentation:

  • If you wake up to a fire in your home, roll off your bed and stay close to the floor, because smoke goes up.
  • Smoke alarms should be place inside every bedroom,outside each separate sleeping area, and
  • on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Most household fires happen between 11 pm and 7 am.
  • Make a fire escape plan, and check your smoke detectors regularly

Robin simulates a suited-up firefighter in distress
The rescue
^ Piikani School Operations and Maintenance Manager Wes Crowshoe with Peigan Fire's Patrick Smith and Wesley Big Bull
“We know that smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.” - Spence Sample, Acting Fire Commissioner, Municipal Affairs

Related link: 2015 Alberta Fire Prevention Week 

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