Smoky River promotes safety

Marcel Maure
Fire Chief & Director of Protective Services,
Smoky River Region

During Fire Prevention Week, the Smoky River Fire Department will conduct free home visits.

Firefighters walk through your home with you and your family showing and telling you the best practices to have a fire-safe home.

We would also like to remind residents who have alarm systems in their homes, offices or businesses to remember to answer the phone calls to ensure the fire department doesn’t have to respond to false alarms.

Also, please ensure that your alarm companies have updated contact information.

Policy states you may be charged for any false alarms after the second alarm.

The fire department has responded to more than 140 emergency calls in 2019.

They range from medical assists, motor vehicle collisions, structure fires, car fires, CO gas alarms, water rescues and false alarms.

Throughout 2019, we have had multiple structure fires, including homes and garages.

We have had some major motor vehicle collisions on Highway 49 and multiple vehicle collisions with animals on Highway 2 and Highway 49.

Last year was our busiest, seeing more than 200 calls.

At the end of 2018 the M.D. of Smoky River ordered a new rescue-engine truck.

The new truck will have the capabilities to do basic rescue as well as fight fires.

It will have a tank with a capacity to hold 1,500 U.S. gallons of water as well as capabilities to spray foam.

The truck is scheduled to arrive in 2020.

The Smoky River Fire Department has 27 firefighters with three fire halls in Falher, Donnelly and McLennan.

Practices are held every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

If you are interested and want to answer the call please feel free to stop by the Falher fire hall and talk to the fire chief or other members about the opportunities.

For more information, contact Maure on cell phone at (780) 837-0911, fax to (780) 837-2453 or email to firechief @mdsmokyriver.com.

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