(LONGLAC, ON) – Wednesday February 6th 2019 was a busy day for Greenstone’s Volunteer Firefighters.
A call was received from dispatch at 09:50 a.m. regarding a structural fire in the Community of Longlac.
First crews from the Longlac department were quick to respond and arrived at the scene at 09:55 a.m.
Upon arrival smoke and flames were showing from a basement apartment of an apartment building located on Kenogami Road. At 9:57 a.m. the Geraldton department was dispatched to assist the Longlac Firefighters with the situation.
One person was in the apartment at the time the fire broke out and was able to evacuate the building unharmed.
Working together in the bitter cold, crews performed an aggressive interior attack and were able to contain the fire to the unit of origin. The loss from fire was stopped at 10:40 a.m. and the fire was called out at 13:18 p.m. A total of seven (7) trucks from Greenstone Fire Service responded to the fire call with twenty-three (23) firefighters (16 from Longlac and 7 from Geraldton.)
During this time, a second fire was called in to the Geraldton station at 11:51 a.m. to respond to a call on Main Street. Two (2) trucks with six (6) fire fighters responded to this call, which is standard protocol.
The crews arrived on scene at 11:54 a.m. There was no sign of fire upon arrival and the residents were outside and safe. Firefighters located the source of the smoke as a grease fire in the oven. Firefighters left the scene at 12:20 p.m. and were back in service at 12:30 p.m.
While the departments have always assisted each other when called upon, it became protocol in 2016 that neighboring departments are immediately dispatched for structural fires. A portion of the neighboring communities’ volunteers are sent while ensuring that a sufficient compliment remain in their home community. Other changes have been introduced within the individual departments that have increased their ability to work together as one, and to make the integration of departments as seamless as possible.
“A fire in any one of our communities is a fire in Greenstone.” said Municipal Fire Chief Jim Runciman.
“At the end of every day our goal as Firefighters is to ensure that we are able to manage multiple incidents at the same time and keep the residents of Greenstone safe.”
Municipality of Greenstone Mayor Renald Beaulieu stated, “Our volunteers are all dedicated individuals who are involved in this program to make a difference. These incidents illustrate how working together as one fire department within Greenstone provides the best service model to all the citizens of Greenstone.”
The Municipality is always looking for people interested in volunteering for the Greenstone Fire Department and becoming a part of their dynamic team. For more information on the requirements or to fill in an application, please visit the Municipal Website greenstone.ca.
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Source: Greenstone Fire Department
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