Smoky River Emergency Services received 17 calls for service in March and they are broken down as follows:
. 10 medical calls
. One fire call.
. Two monitored alarms.
. One STARS assist.
. One motor vehicle collision on a provincial highway.
. Two others.
Fire Chief Marcel Maure highlighted these statistics as part of his report to the M.D. council during their meeting on April 10.
Maure also noted Fire Smart Canada will provide a $500 grant to Smoky River Emergency Services.
The money will be used for hosting a public education event at the Five Star Golf Club, which is tentatively set for May 6.
On March 21, members of the RCMP, EMS and the fire department attended a lunch at the Falher Friendship Corner Association.
It was to establish a rapport with the clients, to help allay their fears and concerns about first responders, especially when they see them in uniform.
In other news, Fire Chief Marcel Maure held an interview with CBC News regarding mental health awareness for first responders.
The interview can be found at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/smoky-river-fire-chief-alberta-mental-health-ptsd-1.4558412.