A $400,000 expansion to the Warman Fire Hall will help firefighters shave precious minutes off their response times to emergency calls, according to Warman Fire Chief Russ Austin.
Two additional bays, each measuring 20 feet wide and 80 feet long, with overhead doors at both ends, are currently under construction on the north end of the fire hall. The project by general contractor Fire Cliff Developments is about 50 per cent complete, and firefighters are hoping to be using the new bays by the end of the summer.
Austin said the additional bays will allow the fire department to have all its vehicles ready to go at a moment’s notice when a call comes in. Currently, vehicles sometimes have to be moved to allow needed equipment to exit the building.
“We use different vehicles for different calls, depending on what’s needed,” said Austin. “It could be a medical call, a wildland fire, or a structure fire. Sometimes our initial response time is delayed a bit if we have to move certain vehicles to get at other ones.
“Once this addition is done, we won’t have to do that anymore. We can save several minutes on response time, and in a world where minutes can save lives, that’s pretty important.” Continue reading “Warman Fire Hall expansion adds capacity”→
A simulated disaster scenario staged at Warman High School (WHS) on Saturday, June 17 gave Warman Emergency Response Team (WERT) members a taste of what to expect if and when the real thing hits the community.
WERT is made up of community volunteers trained to assist firefighters, police and paramedics in disaster situations. For the past two years, Warman EMO Coordinator Randy Meginbir has spearheaded the creation and growth of the volunteer organization, which is serving as a model for other communities across the province. This was the first time the volunteers were given the opportunity to put their knowledge and skills to work.
The scenario portrayed the aftermath of a tornado hitting the school. Debris and simulated smoke filled the WHS corridors, while sirens and smoke alarms blared non-stop at ear-splitting decibel levels. WHS drama students were recruited to play injured patients trapped under debris. Continue reading “Disaster scenario gives volunteers valuable training”→
Over 700 students at Warman Elementary School got a hands-on course in safety during a bicycle rodeo at the Warman Fire Hall on Wednesday, May 17.
“We set this up so the kids can be ready for the summer season,” said Warman Fire Chief Russ Austin. “We make sure their helmets fit properly, we explain the importance of wearing a helmet, and talk to them about the rules of the road.
“They learn how to brake properly, to signal when turning or stopping, and how to avoid obstacles.
“The skills they learn here they can apply through the whole summer.” Continue reading “Kids learn safety, riding skills at Warman Bicycle Rodeo”→