A fire ban is now in place for the RM of Vanscoy and the RM of Montrose. Continue reading “Fire bans implemented for RMs of Vanscoy, Montrose”
At approximately 1:10 a.m. on Saturday June 17, Warman/Delisle RCMP responded to a call on Highway 7, approximately two kilometers east of Vanscoy of a collision between an SUV and a female pedestrian. The pedestrian died as a result of the collision.
An RCMP Collision Analyst attended the scene where the highway was shut down and traffic rerouted for a period of time during investigation. The highway has since been reopened.
The matter is still under investigation.
Even after 16 years as a volunteer firefighter with the Delisle and District Fire Department, Mike Given found he had a lot to learn when he took on the job of Fire Chief in early January.
“It was a huge difference,” said Given in a recent interview. “The biggest change was the shift to being in charge, and not being one of the guys handling the hose or going into a burning building.
“Now I’m in the hot seat, so to speak; watching and analyzing and making notes and directing the action,” he added. “I’m more in the background as the calm voice on the radio.”
Given took on the job of Fire Chief following the retirement of Al Dreher at the end of December. He said the first three months were a big learning curve. He recently attained his fire inspector’s certification.
Given joined the fire department shortly after moving to Vanscoy from the Maritimes. He worked at a nearby potash mine. While his wife is from this area, he didn’t know a soul.
“When we first moved here we didn’t know many people,” said Given. “I saw a notice in the local gas station from the fire department; they were looking for members. So I applied, and they welcomed me with open arms.”
The Delisle and District Fire Department is one of the oldest (established in 1911) and largest volunteer fire departments in the province, with 54 members and three fire halls (Delisle, Pike Lake and the RM of Montrose). Continue reading “Delisle Fire Chief welcomes challenge”