Wheat­land County re­ceives $20k fire train­ing grant

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Wheat­land County fire­fight­ers were suc­cess­ful in their ap­pli­ca­tion for a train­ing grant from the Al­berta govern­ment.

Last week, Mu­nic­i­pal Affairs an­nounced grants to­tal­ing $650,000 to 50 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to sup­port fire­fighter train­ing.

“Lo­cal fire­fight­ers and emer­gency re­spon­ders pro­vide an in­valu­able ser­vice to their com­mu­ni­ties. Th­ese men and women, many of whom are vol­un­teers, brave dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions in or­der to pro­tect the pub­lic. Our govern­ment is proud to in­vest in emer­gency pre­pared­ness train­ing as just one of the ways we will con­tinue to help th­ese in­di­vid­u­als who help oth­ers,” said Danielle Larivee, Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Affairs.

Among the re­cip­i­ents was Wheat­land County.

“We are very hon­oured to re­ceive $20,500 to carry out train­ing for our Fire Ser­vices and Emer­gency pre­pared­ness,” said Judy Unsworth, Wheat- land County Fire and Emer­gency man­age­ment co­or­di­na­tor.

She ex­plains it is an an­nual grant­ing pro­gram they have to ap­ply for.

“It will go to­wards fire train­ing with all nine de­part­ments we work with,” she said. “Our train­ing com­mit­tee meets and makes de­ci­sions an­nu­ally on the train­ing,” This varies year to year. “Some years we have a lot of new fire­fight­ers and we need a lot of begin­ner fire­fighter train­ing. Some years we can do things more ad­vanced,” she said.

Last year they worked on begin­ner cour­ses as well as pump cour­ses. With the Trans Canada High­way run­ning through the county, mo­tor ve­hi­cle res­cue and ex­tri­ca­tion is an im­por­tant as­pect.

“Ev­ery year it will de­pend on what the needs of the group are, and we try to make the de­ci­sion based on the good of the whole,” said Unsworth.

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