Concerns expressed about training - Oct. 11, 2013
Mayor Stan Choptiany expressed concerns at Monday night’s town council meeting about the training needed for firefighters involved in off-road rescues.
He said that at this past weekend’s Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick (UMNB) conference there was some discussion about off-road rescues and the training that is involved.
He said the Department of Public Safety will support a five hour training program but if the more detailed 13-hour training program is required this has to be done locally.
“There was a lot of discussion on what we do when people go off-road and require some sort of extraction involving the fire department and how that is done. It is not done evenly across the province.”
Choptiany said there were also discussions with regard to the proposed Trans Canada pipeline. He said there were questions asked if there was an accident and a local fire department was asked to assist and what kind of training there would be.
“I don’t know if we ever got an answer (from the province) whether they would pick up the cost or organize training.”
Choptiany said sometimes the town’s fire department is called upon to help outside the area and the demands for such a call would be quite different from what is considered an ordinary response.
Coun. Doug Naish, who also attended the conference, said there is some extremely sophisticated equipment used in a pipeline emergency response and there was no commitment made that this was something which would be provided for local fire departments.
The town’s fire department dealt with 10 incidents in September which included six false alarms, one dumpster fire and one call for flooding in a house.
In his monthly report, Fire Chief Kevin Theriault said Anna Halse has joined the department as a first responder and CPR instructor. Halse current works for Irving as part of its emergency response team, Theriault explained.