Swan Hills Fire Department Awards Night

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The Swan Hills Fire Department held a small in-house awards night on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. Five awards were presented to recognize and honour the contributions of the Fire Department members who went above and beyond in their efforts to serve the community of Swan Hills. Usually, these awards would have been presented at the annual Fire Department Gala at the end of January, but it was not possible to hold the Gala this year due to the COVID-19 public health guidelines. These are the awards that were presented:

· 2020 Officer of The Year - This award is presented to the Officer, as selected by the Firefighters, who has gone above and beyond to make the department run as smoothly as possible. This Officer exemplifies outstanding leadership, dedication, and service to the community through involvement with the Swan Hills Fire Department. This year's Officer of The year award was presented to Jamie Molnar.

· 2020 Firefighter of The Year – This award is presented to the one individual who best exemplifies a member of the fire service's positive characteristics. This award is presented to the individual who has given selflessly of themselves in support of the department, the fire service in general and the community. Their dedication, loyalty, productivity, and professionalism caused them to stand out. This year's Firefighter of The Year award was presented to Otto Fleming.

· 2020 Junior Firefighter of The Year – This award is presented to the individual who has proven themselves as an accountable, dedicated, and committed team player on the Swan Hills Fire Department. This year's Junior Firefighter of The Year award was presented to Nicholas Baker.

· 2020 Jerry Adam Award – This award is presented to the individual who is always willing to help his or her fellow firefighters whenever needed. This year's Jerry Adams award was presented to Daryn Watson.

· 2020 Rookie of The Year – This award is presented to the one individual with less than 24 months of service on the Department, excluding Junior Firefighters, who best exemplifies a member of the fire service's positive characteristics. This award is presented to the individual who has proven themselves as an accountable, dedicated, and committed team player on the Swan Hills Fire Department. This year's Rookie of The Year award was presented to Clayton MacDonald.

Congratulations to all of this year's award recipients, and thank you for your exemplary service to the Swan Hills Community!

The Swan Hills Fire Department resumed their weekly training schedule on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. The training sessions had been put on hold to comply with public health guidelines regarding COVID-19. Held on Tuesdays, these weekly sessions run for a minimum of two hours and involve training the Fire Department members to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 standards. This week the Fire Department members got back to the basics, training with hand tools and reviewing situational awareness.

Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette