If you looked out your window or were our for a walk in Emo on the evening of Sept. 17, you would of seen that front street was filled with flashing lights, multiple fire trucks and many firefighters running around.
There was a scheduled live training exercise involving the volunteer firefighters from Chapple North, Chapple South, Emo and La Vallee.
The simulated fire on Front Street included “three businesses with the possibility of growth due to the close proximity of the other structures,” according to Chapple, Emo, La Vallee, and Alberton Fire Chief Josh Colling
The volunteers were training using the water relay pumper system.
This relay system is necessary when more water is required, then the fire hydrants can supply and the best source of water is too far away for a single pumper truck.
In this training situation, multiple apparatus (fire trucks) were used to secure the water from the river using the relay system, instead of shuttling water with the fire trucks.
Although the relay system was used in this training exercise, it should be noted that the shuttling system is effective, and one that volunteers practice for when help is needed in more rural areas and an adequate water supply isn't nearby.
During the relay system exercise, the fire teams were moving approximately 8,400 litres per minute over the duration of two hours.
This large-scale live training exercise definitely put the firefighters and crews to the test.
“The teams performed to the professional level they have been trained for,” noted Chief Colling.
These exercises also give them the opportunity not just to test and practice their skills, but to identify any and all areas that need improvement.
Naturally, a committed group of firefighters would never leave the communities they serve unattended.
On standby for the duration of the live training were firefighting forces from Morley, Souix Narrows-Nestor Falls and Alberton, as per the Mutual Aid Plan.
Should an emergency have occurred, these volunteers would of gone into action using the training they have.
Mutual aid has a common goal: that all firefighters work together to help each other.
These firefighters are all regular members of our communities, who train and are committed to keeping our areas safe,
If you would like to join these volunteers, contact your local municipal office and start the process today.
Firefighters ask that you keep your eyes open for flashing green lights, as that means a firefighter is headed to someone in need.