Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2018: Theme is"Look. Listen. Learn".
"Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere." works to remind the public that fires can and do still happen – at home, as well as other locations - and that there are basic but vitally important steps people can take to remain safe.
Hanna Fire Department
Fire Chiefs Message 2018
2018 has been a busy year for the Hanna Fire Department. Although thankfully not as busy as the unprecedented year we experienced in 2017.The incident volume from January to August actually had us at a busier pace than last year but the past 8 weeks have slowed right down. That being said we are still on pace to have our second busiest year ever with having already responded to 90 incidents in the first 9 months of the year. Last year we responded to 146 incidents which exceeded our previous record of 94 incidents.
During the past year regional training has continued to be a priority. Our regional training group is comprised of all 14 fire departments within the Special Areas plus the Acadia Valley Fire Department. By training regionally all of the officers and a majority of the firefighters on these departments know each other very well and this familiarity has especially paid off when working together at the larger grass fires the past several years.
This spring seen continued construction on Phase 1 of the Burn/Training Tower south of the fire hall. Phase 2 started in August and should be completed by the end of the year. Phase 2 of this project is the installation of tile & insulation in the rooms that will contain the live fires which will help to protect the concrete walls and extend the lifespan of the building. Phase 2 also includes the installation of interior propane burn props. This phase is valued at $500,000.00 and was funded in part by a CFEP Large Projects lotteries grant which the Hanna Firefighters Association received $250000.00 from this past spring. The remainder has been funded by the partner municipalities and fundraising from our members.
The theme this year for fire prevention week is “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be Aware Fire Can Happen Anywhere:” We ask that you always LOOK for fire hazards, LISTEN for smoke alarms and LEARN two ways out of all buildings. Fire can spread very quickly, doubling in size every minute, leaving only a few seconds or minutes to get out of your house when the smoke alarm sounds. Every family should take the time to create a fire escape plan and to practice it a couple of times during Fire Prevention Week. Everyone should test their smoke alarms and replace the batteries at least once a year. Statistics have shown that a working Smoke Alarm cuts your chances of dying in a fire in half. Smoke alarms should also be replaced every ten years. I would ask all the citizens of Hanna and the surrounding area to take the time to inspect their homes carefully for fire and injury hazards. Also please remember that in the Hanna area you need only to call 911 to contact the RCMP, Ambulance or the Fire Department.
A special thanks to all the members of the Hanna Fire Department who respond to incidents at any time day or night. A special thank you to the member`s spouses who are always so supportive and have also missed a lot of family events because their spouse is still out on a fire call. My appreciation to the member`s employers who allow the firefighters to leave work with no notice or can`t come to work for the entire next day because they have been out fighting fire the night before for 12 hours or sometimes longer, without their support Hanna would not have a volunteer fire department. I would also like to thank the Town of Hanna administration for the support the department receives in the day to day operations, and the Hanna Town Council and Special Areas Board for their continued support.
Hanna Fire Department
Town of Hanna