Mu­tual Aid: Help cross­ing over ju­ris­dic­tions

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Krystin McHugh The Drumheller Mail

be­tween bor­der­ing fire de­part­ments. This al­lows each depart­ment to call upon each other for equip­ment or per­son­nel their depart­ment may be lack­ing.

There are two dif­fer­ent types of mu­tual aid agree­ments. One is specif­i­cally for fire­fight­ers re­spond­ing to fires or mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents. The other is un­der the emer­gency re­sponse plan in place that in­cludes its own mu­tual aid agree­ment for things like floods, tor­na­does or multi struc­ture fires.

Drumheller Fire Chief, Bruce Wade, said, “Dif­fer­ent ar­eas would have back­hoes and that type of equip­ment that they would send along with per­son­nel that can help in emer­gency cen­tres. This is so it’s not so tax­ing on two or three in­di­vid­u­als. Th­ese peo­ple can fill in and give them a break and let them get rested up.”

An ex­am­ple of this was dur­ing the Drumheller equip­ment and per­son­nel to help deal with the pos­si­ble dis­as­ter.

The fire­fight­ers mu­tual aid agree­ment is put into ac­tion more than any other. Drumheller fire­fight­ers have a mu­tual agree­ment with in the process of mak­ing an agree­ment with Wheat­land, Hanna and spe­cial ar­eas.

Fire Chief Wade said, “Ba­si­cally a fire­fighter’s mu­tual aid agree­ment is if we get a call in town and we need more equip­ment we can call on one of our neigh­bors to come and help out with the spe­cial­ized equip­ment they may have. Also if those ar­eas don’t have the man­power of a fire of their own they aren’t ob­li­gated to come. It’s just an agree­ment that if we are called upon and can as­sist, we do.”

equip­ment than the next. The mu­tual aid agree­ment makes it pos­si­ble for ev­ery depart­ment to ac­cess the equip­ment, tools and per­son­nel they need.

Fire Chief Wade said, “The mu­tual aid agree­ment al­lows us to not just go up to the bor­der but al­lows us to cross over and work to­gether for the ben­e­fit of the vic­tim or peo­ple in­volved.”

One area that this agree­ment be­tween fire de­part­ments also in­cludes mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents. Ac­cord­ing to Fire Chief Wade about are mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents.

“It’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent with ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents be­cause some de­part­ments don’t have ex­trac­tion injured or need ex­trac­tion be­cause they don’t have the proper equip­ment to deal with that kind of thing,” Chief Wade ex­plained.

Fire Chief Wade said there are times when they will get a call and head out. When they ar­rive and find that the ac­ci­dent is mi­nor and the other depart­ment can han­dle it, Drumheller will stand down and head back to town.

Wade told The Mail, “When called upon we as­sist when pos­si­ble but we will never leave the com­mu­nity not cov­ered. We look at how far away the lo­ca­tion is and what equip­ment is needed and if we have enough re­sources to spare.”

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