Big Rig Rescue Training in Leduc County

From June 24 to 26, Leduc County Fire Services co-hosted around 80 firefighters from across western Canada for the 2015 Big Rig Hands On Training in Nisku, Alberta. Wabasca Fire sent four of our firefighters to train in this very unique, heavy vehicle extrication program.

A CTV Edmonton news clip, featuring Wabasca firefighters (“WFD” red coveralls), can be viewed here!

From the Leduc County news release:

“This one-of-a-kind training is in high demand because, unlike other training, it exposes first responders to new techniques, tools and technologies specific to big rig rescue situations,” says Darrell Fleming, fire chief and event coordinator/instructor. “The hope is that participants take this invaluable training back to their communities, where they can use it to save even more lives.”

Over the course of the training, firefighters actively participated in four workshops with different big rig rescue scenarios, such as responding to under runs – which involve one vehicle passing beneath another – rollovers and complicated stabilization and extrication techniques.

A very big thanks to Leduc County Fire Services and Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association for the training opportunity!

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BBQ & Fire Pit Safety Tips

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It’s BBQ and fire pit season! The below safe grilling and fire use tips are from the Office of the Fire Commissioner website. A video on how to check for grill gas leaks can also be found on this site.

Safety Tips

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet or 1 metre away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

Charcoal BBQ

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Propane BBQ

  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose.
    • A propane leak will release bubbles.
    • If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or by soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.

Fire-pits and Outdoor Burning

  • Get a permit from your local municipality before starting any open-air, recreational, outdoor cooking fire, or agricultural burning. It’s important to remember, you might not be permitted to do outdoor burning in some municipalities and during some seasons.
  • Follow the rules, as outlined by your permit.
  • Closely supervise all outdoor fires. Make sure the fire is out before leaving.
  • Supervise children around any fire outdoors, including campfires, fire-pits, chimneys, and outdoor fireplaces.
  • Permitted open fires, such as bonfires or trash fires, need to be at least 50 feet (15 meters) from anything that can burn.
  • Permitted recreational fires such as campfires, need to be at least 25 feet (8 meters) away from anything can burn.
  • Avoid burning on windy, dry days. When conditions are windy or dry, it is easy for open burning to spread out of control.
  • Where outdoor burning is allowed, never use gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids.
  • When burning, have a hose, bucket of water, or shovel and dirt or sand nearby to extinguish the fire.

HAVE A SAFE AND FUN SUMMER GRILLING!

9 calendar top pages (image-side)

These are the images for the pages that will be above the date page when the calendar is open.  I chose these 9 images out of all the photos that I have because they had the following attributes:

  • They were high resolution (300 dpi)
  • They were over 1500 pixels in width
  • They were reasonably in focus
  • They were not too dull
  • They are relatively new

p01 p02 p03 p04 p05 p06 p07 p08 p09 If you don’t like these images you can suggest replacements up until the deadline to print – (end of August?) or it will be up to someone to find/shoot replacements. I have a decent point-shoot camera but I’m just an average photographer.

This concludes the design portion of the calendar work. The next step is to choose some witty/interesting/factual text to go with each photo and to produce a complete file for the whole calendar. Then get a printed prototype to bring to fire practice.

Interior Calendar pages, new cover and back cover

This is is the revised front cover. I just made it a little brighter.

This is is the revised front cover. I just made it a little brighter.

This is the picture side of the open calendar - the top side.

This is the picture side of the open calendar – the top part.

This is the date side of the open calendar - the bottom part.

This is the date side of the open calendar – the bottom part.

This is the combined top and bottom parts. This is what the calendar looks like when open.

This is the combined top and bottom parts. This is what the calendar looks like when open.

This is the back cover. Did I get all the numbers right?

This is the back cover. Did I get all the numbers right?