Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:53

City of Swift Current and R.M. of Swift Current amending fire protection and rescue agreement

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The Swift Current Fire Department will no longer be providing vehicle extrication rescue services to the R.M. of Swift Current.


The R.M. of Swift Current Fire Department will be taking over the duties of vehicle extrication rescue in their jurisdiction, and the fire and rescue services agreement between the two local authorities will therefore be amended.
The amended fire protection and rescue agreement was approved by City councillors at a regular council meeting, Sept. 11.
Swift Current Fire Chief Denis Pilon said the R.M. of Swift Current Fire Department has purchased vehicle extrication tools and the firefighters have completed their training.
“They purchased Jaws of Life earlier this spring and they’ve spent the summer training,” he said. “Their firefighters are all trained and ready to go. So they are taking that over for their R.M.”
The removal of the rescue services clause is the main change to the fire and rescue services agreement between the two municipalities. A clause with regard to emergency response to the Swift Current Airport was also removed to ensure both fire departments will respond to incidents on the airport property.
The Swift Current Fire Department will continue to provide other technical rescue services to the R.M. of Swift Current, for example water rescue and high-angle rope rescue.
The agreement includes a mutual aid clause that makes it possible for each fire department to call for assistance from the other department in case of significant emergency situations, like a large fire.
“We do have a mutual aid agreement with them so we can jointly respond to assist them if there is a major event,” Pilon said. “Quite often they will have a big fire where they need a water supply. So we will bring our tanker out and support them. We will still do those types of things.”
The Swift Current Fire Department will continue to provide vehicle extrication and rescue services to six other rural municipalities in the area.

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