Smoky River Emergency Services handled 19 calls for service in July, a higher volume than normal.
“The fire department had a busy month,” says Fire Chief Marcel Maure, who made his report to the M.D. council during their meeting on Aug. 15.
The breakdown is:
. Four medical calls.
. Four fires.
. Six monitored alarms.
. Three calls for investigation.
. One motor vehicle collision.
. One motor vehicle collision on a provincial highway.
The fire department hosted two courses, the basic emergency management course, as well as the SCRIBE course in co-operation with Alberta Emergency Management Field Officers.
The fire department hosted two groups of children, who learned about the self-contained breathing apparatus and saw the fire trucks.
Members of the fire department trained for vehicle extrication and how to fight wildland fires. Also, the fire department now has a better radio system, the Albert First Responders Radio Communication System, which came into effect Aug. 1.
Maure has issued a Request for Proposal for a new fire engine. The bidding closed on Aug. 23 and council will decide during a future meeting.