Fire Chief Frank West updates council on Picture Butte Emergency Services

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Picture Butte and District Emergency Services' Fire Chief Frank West paid a visit to a Picture Butte town council meeting held on Nov 8.

West had spoken to the council about technical rescue service, which is a specialized service of fire and rescue service encompassing six disciplines: rope rescue, confined space rescue, vehicle/machinery rescue, structural collapse rescue, trench rescue and water rescue. Each discipline requires advanced training to develop unique skill sets.

"There's no better time than the present, so if the funding is here, then we'll put in the effort and take the project forward and make it happen, but I do have to give a lot of credit to the deputy chief on this one cause I've been working on other budget priories he's taken this project on and because of his previous experience it's bringing a good depth to this project," said Fire Chief Frank West

To obtain a technical rescue job, you need emergency responder qualifications for the specific team you want to work with. Firefighters and EMTs need to hold a high school diploma or GED certificate and complete specific training and certification programs.

"I don't love the training equipment cause it’s impossible to separate sometimes, and you know the boots that the team wears are the same boots that firefighters wear, so handcuffing us to saying you can't use the budget for supporting the team would be tough for me to apply too I guess that why the way I had worded it was I have a budget for training equipment every year if council approves and it's my directors of service to allocate where we need to within the department."

"By passing this policy, you're increasing the level of service in the community, and what we're prosing is increasing the level of service to the community within the existing funding and were not asking for additional funding," added West.

Through the town council meeting, all councillors were in favour of the technical rescue service policy.

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Jaxon McGinn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sunny South News

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