Fire Chief updates council on first-quarter department activity

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NORTH HURON – North Huron Fire Chief Marty Bedard presented the Fire Department’s activity report from Jan. 22 – March 22 at the May 3 regular council meeting.

Bedard said in his report that incidents are up by 11 from the same quarter last year. As of March 31, a total of 45 have been recorded.

North Huron had the highest number, reporting 19 incidents since January. Morris-Turnberry had 15, Central Huron had seven calls, and Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh (ACW) reported one. Three calls were under the mutual aid category.

Across the region, five fires were reported (these include structure and vehicle fires), 12 alarm systems (includes alarm systems, smoke and carbon monoxide alarm calls), 13 vehicle collision/extraction calls, five medical calls, and five “other” category which includes other/public service/cancelled en route, including gas leak, hydro wires down and assistance to OPP.

Bedard updated council on the department’s weekly training activities, including checking the apparatus and equipment to ensure proper operation when needed, new pumper familiarization and driver training sign-offs for all members, and inspection/maintenance of hoses and appliances (self-contained breathing apparatus and PPE).

Other notable projects that the fire department is working on include:

- Wingham washroom renovations – tenders to be received and work completed by the end of 2022.

- Radio system upgrades – request for proposals to go out soon with upgrades to be completed by fall of 2022.

- Training grounds – working with contractors to reinstall burn equipment.

- Fire hall/public works building grand opening.

- FDNH swearing in and awards ceremony.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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