Out, on and in the ice in Long Sault

South Stor­mont fire prac­tises wa­ter-res­cue sce­nar­ios

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LONG SAUL T–An En bridge train­ing ex­er­cise on Tues­day in­cluded par­tic­i­pa­tion from South Stor­mont Fire Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices.

And South Stor­mont Fire Chief Gilles Cre­peau was pleased that it did.

“I was very im­pressed with what I learned to­day( from En bridge ),” said Cre­peau after the ses­sion, one that in­cluded an out­door por­tion that had fire­fight­ers sim­u­lat­ing a wa­ter res­cue.

En bridge Inc. is a Cana­dian multi­na­tional en­ergy trans­porta­tion com­pany, and for the first time it held its train­ing ses­sion in Long Sault, the fo­cus be­ing on an oil spill sit­u­a­tion un­der the ice, and how it would be re­cov­ered.

“(En­bridge) in­vited us to take part in the train­ing, and what our role would be in the event of a spill,” Cre­peau said. “We all want to work to­gether, and this was a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity for us.”

About a dozen fire­fight­ers par­tic­i­pated, along with En­bridge em­ploy­ees, and Cre­peau and South Storm ont fire pre­ven­tion of­fi­cer Nick Mac Gill iv ray in the out­door por­tion that was held at the Stor­mont Yacht Club ex­plained what the fire depart­ment’ s ca­pa­bil­i­ties are in a wa­ter res­cue sit­u­a­tion.

“It’s cur­rently in our reg­u­la­tory by­law (to do wa­ter res­cues),” Crepe au said .“We’ re limited in what we can do, but we cover so much of the wa­ter way, we need to have( some wa­ter res­cue ca­pa­bil­i­ties). . . it’d be nice if we never had to use (a wa­ter res­cue boat) but we have had to use it, so it’s nice to have it.”

The in­flat­able boat is con­nected to En­bridge, ac­tu­ally. En­bridge a few years ago do­nated $20,000 to the fire pro­tec­tion ser­vices over two years, and Crepe au said he de­cided to buy wa­ter res­cue equip­ment with the money.

There was sev­eral hours of prac­ti­cal train­ing work done in­doors on Tues­day. There’ll be an­other ses­sion with dif­fer­ent par­tic­i­pants on Wed­nes­day, and Cre­peau said he’s in­vited some neigh­bour­ing fire de­part­ments to par­tic­i­pate.

There are four sta­tions in South Storm ont, in the com­mu­ni­ties of St. An­drews West, Ne wing ton, Ing le side and Long Sault.

South Stor­mont Fire Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices cov­ers an area of about 450 square kilo­me­tres, con­tain­ing over 5,000 struc­tures.

We all want to work to­gether, and this was a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity for us.”

Gilles Cre­peau

South Stor­mont Fire Chief

TODD HAMBLETON/ CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREEHOLDER

The South Stor­mont Fire Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices, with a wa­ter res­cue craft, dur­ing En­bridge train­ing ex­er­cises.

TODD HAMBLETON/ CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREEHOLDER

The South Stor­mont Fire Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices sim­u­lat­ing a wa­ter res­cue, dur­ing En­bridge train­ing ex­er­cises on Tues­day af­ter­noon in Long Sault.

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