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smiling creek enterprises ltd. - Townsite of Redwood Meadows

smiling creek enterprises ltd. - Townsite of Redwood Meadows

Custom-built Rescue

Custom-built Rescue Truck a Boon to Firefighters and our Community Over the next month, your firefighters from “120 Station” here in Redwood Meadows will be quite busy. There are a number of different events that have your emergency responders taking time out of their lives to improve emergency response in your community. An Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course is being hosted by Redwood Meadows Emergency Services, and firefighters from across the province are participating. This course is the entry-level training in paramedicine. When the course is completed, almost all of our firefighters will be either EMRs or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). This allows our responders to provide a higher level of medical care, which shortens on-scene times for the incoming ambulance and gets patients to hospitals more quickly. Another training course that is occurring is a program that will teach firefighters how to properly rescue people from cars involved in collisions. Vehicle extrication is a very big part of Redwood Meadows Emergency Services as we respond to Hwy 8, Hwy 22, Hwy 66 and Hwy 1 with crews from Rocky View County Fire Services. Firefighters in the training course will learn not only how to properly use the “Jaws of Life” but also how to use other tools to rescue people from crumpled vehicles. It’s not just a matter of spreading and cutting cars apart anymore. Firefighters are taught the latest in new vehicle technology and how to keep themselves safe while tearing these new vehicles apart as well. There are a couple of fire trucks in the Redwood Meadows Emergency Services’ fleet that carry the different tools required to effectively and safely extricate people from car crashes. One truck is our Rapid Response Vehicle. Built on a Dodge 5500, this truck carries all of the specialized equipment needed for extraordinary rescue calls. High and medium pressure airbags for lifting, rope rescue equipment, and different hand tools are carried to scene in this truck. This truck can also respond to small fires, mostly grass and brush, and has traffic management equipment to use on highway calls. And up until the end of October, our Rescue carries all of the specialized 8 CHATTER IN THE WOODS, October 2012 equipment that our EMRs and EMTs use for medical responses and our “Jaws of Life.” I say up until the end of October because that is when Redwood Meadows Emergency Services will take delivery of our new, custom-built rescue truck. This new truck will allow us to carry all of the rescue equipment on one truck. This is important because right now some of our equipment is left in the fire station and when required has to be thrown into the back of a pickup and brought to the scene. Not ideal at all when time is of the essence for a critically ill or injured patient. This truck helps subsidize the fire department costs for the townsite residents by responding to these highway rescue calls. Over the past five years, revenues from responses to highways in the area have topped $250,000. The rescue is being financed over the next five years to lessen the burden to Municipal Sustainability Initiative funds that Redwood Meadows receives from the provincial government. A $28,000 deposit was placed down for the truck at the time of ordering and, as stated, the balance will be paid over the next five years. The first year’s financing is being looked after by our firefighters’ association with all proceeds from the October 20 ball being directed towards the payment of the truck. The association will also be applying for an Alberta Lottery grant to match all money raised as they did during the last ball that paid for the Polaris Ranger, trailer and specialized rescue equipment. And we have recently learned that Shell Canada has approved a donation of $20,000 towards the new truck as well. Watch for the new truck to be around town for the ball and for Halloween night when your department provides safe sites for the kids out trick or treating. Rolling along, the firefighters are going to have a lot to do for the next month or so, but the hard work will be paid off with great benefits to your community. Not only while you are within the boundaries of Redwood Meadows itself, but while you are travelling to and from the town as well. Rob Evans Redwood Meadows Fire Chief

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