GLFPS responded to a fire above Stafford Road early Sunday morning.
11 members worked the fire and 2
members worked communications. It was a rank 2 fire approximately 5m x 5m on a 70% slope. Many thanks to those who reported the smoke and to the members who were on the
The fire was cold-trailed by 8:30 AM.
Again Gun Lake was very lucky. We had had a week of rain to reduce the fire risk to low and the day of the fire the wind was very calm. This fire was within a 100m of residents.
GLFPS responded to a fire at Merle Hoch's on Gun Lake West. An open
burn fire got out of control very quickly and spread. Many thanks to those members
who were on the
Merle and Gun Lake was very lucky. Even though this occurred just after the snow had melted, the dry condition allowed the fire to take hold and spread quickly. Everyone should understand how easily it can happen.
A minimum of a chemical extinguisher (2A 10B C rated) or a compound of water AFFF fire fighting foam extinguisher(3A 21B C rated) should be available for kitchen fires and it is recommended that a second extinguisher be available in or near sleep quarters to aid in escaping from a cabin fire.
GLFPS is starting a "boot" fund to help us pay for the new fire truck and equipment. So, if you see us at any event, look for the Boot and help fill it. Makes me think of an old nursery rhyme:
What do you do if you live in a shoe?
Save all your loot and throw it in the Boot!
Photo credit to Sheila Macdonald and Norris Girling
Thanks also to all the generous contributors who provided the funding for fire truck, which made it possible for Gun Lake Fire to respond to the truck fire and prevent fire from spreading into the forest.
Again to all of you who volunteer for standby and call out,
Suggest to your neighbours and friends to also volunteer. Volunteers are our only source of man power help. There can be income tax benefits.
Helicopters owners Ernst and Alison Maas made the GLFPS a HUGE deal! Included in
the deal are 4 base station radios, 2 Garmin 60CSx GPS, 2 spine boards, 2 basket stretchers and a level
2 first aid kit including C collars, oxygen kit and spider straps.
It's nice to have friends in high places.
You know who you are, and we know too. Without your help, we wouldn't be where we are today. Thank you for all the hours you put in helping to build the fire building.
|Signal Systems||Gerry Mey|
|Transwest Helicopters||Don Humble|
|Builders World||Bud & Clair McStay|
|Acklands Grainger||Claude Chardonnens|
|Sherine Industries||Anna Vostrova|
|Jordan Litke, Polaris Land Surveying Inc||John Rose|
|Doug Enstrom, D. Engstrom Electrical Ltd.||Al Leighton|
|Ken Archer, Top Gun Towing||Dale Hull|