Melfort Fire and Rescue is hoping to implement their ice/water rescue team in the near future.
They have raised around $15,000 of their $20,000 fundraising goal.
Fire Chief Paul See said they’ve had some notable donations in the past little while including $1000 from MNP, and $2000 from Red Head Equipment in Melfort.
The ice/water rescue equipment includes suits, rope, lifejackets, helmets, and a rapid deployment craft.
Having proper technical rescue equipment and training will make calls that include vehicles and/or people in water or ice safer for fire fighters and the community.
The closest technical rescue team at this time is in Prince Albert so adding the service here in Melfort is important for the department and the city as well as the surrounding area.
The department will be busy throughout this weekend as they host a provincial fire fighting course.
65 firefighters from around the province along with two departments from Manitoba will be in attendance.
The course will feature presentations from Les Karpluk who is the Waskesiu fire chief, and fire chief Gord Schreiner from Comox, BC.
See said the course will cover many topics.
“Les is doing leadership and how to do presentations to council and recycling equipment in and out,” said See. “Gord’s going to talk about tactics and strategies on how newer building construction works and how our fire fighting technics have changed over the years to address these new buildings.”
They are planning to also show off Melfort to their guests and their families.
The city has donated some pool time so families can utilize the pool while the course is on.