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statIon to statIon across canada: Regional news briefs Three Halifax firefighters honoured for bravery Regional Fire & Emergency’s Station 55 in Seabright were not surprised. It’s an 18-minute run from Station 55 to Peggy’s Cove. Volunteer firefighter Greg Kutney was driving Engine 55 with a crew of three. Volunteers Jason Sparkes and Randy Johnson were following behind in Rescue 55. Sparkes had no idea that in a few min-utes he would be in the ocean himself. Sparkes and Kutney had donned life jackets en route, grabbed their rescue gear and went to the top of the rock face with RCMP Const. Chris Richard. They gave the con-stable a life jacket and fanned out to see if they could spot the missing person. (They did not, and the body of that vic-tim was recovered several days later.) A lot happened in the next few minutes. Const. Richard was swept into the ocean by a huge wave and seriously injured when waves slammed him against the rocks. Firefighter Sparkes was washed into the ocean twice trying to rescue Richard. Another RCMP constable, Scott Lock, was swept into the ocean. But they all survived, thanks in part to additional help from fire-fighters Kutney and Johnson. (See the January 2011 edition of Canadian Firefighter and EMS Quarterly .) On Dec. 5, Kutney, Sparkes and Johnson were honoured for their bravery by Gov. Gen. David Johnston. Firefighter Sparkes received the Star of Courage. Firefighters Kutney and Johnson were awarded the Medal of Honour. HRFE has submitted infor-mation to the RCMP regard-ing the outstanding bravery of Const. Lock. A possible nomi-nation for a governor general’s award for bravery is being reviewed by the Force. – John Giggey OFFiCE OF THE gOVErnOr gEnErAL OF CAnADA Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency volunteer firefighters Greg Kutney, Jason Sparkes and Randy Johnson at Rideau Hall in Ottawa after being honoured by the governor general for bravery. Sparkes received the Star of Courage; Kutney and Johnson received the Medal of Honour. Unfortunately, calls for people washed off the rocks at Peggy’s Cove, N.S., one of the most popular tourist des-tinations in Atlantic Canada, are not uncommon. Rogue waves are a regular occurrence and people wan-dering too close to the ocean can get into trouble quickly. But on the night of Nov. 6, 2010, anywhere on the rocks was unsafe; some waves coming ashore were as high as three-storey buildings. So when the call came in at 6:08 p.m. for a person swept off the rocks, members of Halifax the brass pole promotions & appointments DALE mCLEAN was appointed fire chief for Kamloops Fire rescue in British Columbia on Oct. 21. McLean, a 33-year fire-service veteran, joined Edmonton Fire rescue in Alberta in 1980 as a fire-fighter. He was promoted to captain in 2004 and to deputy chief in 2008. DAVID FORFAR is the new fire chief for Caledon Fire and Emergency Services in Ontario. Forfar, who started in his new position on Dec. 9, has more than 30 years of fire-service experience. He was named district chief for Markham Fire and Emergency Service in 2000, and in 2007 became deputy fire chief for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service. RyAN JAgOE was appointed deputy fire chief for East gwillimbury Emergency Services in Ontario on nov. 25. Jagoe previously worked as a paid-on-call firefighter with the East gwillimbury department, having been promoted to captain in 2011. He also has 11 years of expe-rience as a paramedic and superintendent with the York region EMS. DERyN RIZZI was promoted to deputy fire chief for Vaughan Fire & rescue Service in Ontario on Dec. 6. rizzi, who is the first female chief officer in York region, joined the department in Vaughan in 2001. She was appointed acting captain in 2009 and became captain in 2013. 6 FIREFightingInCanada.com March 2014

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Across canada: Regional news briefs<br /> <br /> Three Halifax firefighters honoured for bravery<br /> <br /> Unfortunately, calls for people washed off the rocks at Peggy’s Cove, N.S., one of the most popular tourist destinations in Atlantic Canada, are not uncommon.<br /> <br /> Rogue waves are a regular occurrence and people wandering too close to the ocean can get into trouble quickly.<br /> <br /> But on the night of Nov. 6, 2010, anywhere on the rocks was unsafe; some waves coming ashore were as high as three-storey buildings. So when the call came in at 6:08 p.m. for a person swept off the rocks, members of Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency’s Station 55 in Seabright were not surprised.<br /> <br /> It’s an 18-minute run from Station 55 to Peggy’s Cove. Volunteer firefighter Greg Kutney was driving Engine 55 with a crew of three. Volunteers Jason Sparkes and Randy Johnson were following behind in Rescue 55. Sparkes had no idea that in a few minutes he would be in the ocean himself.<br /> <br /> Sparkes and Kutney had donned life jackets en route, grabbed their rescue gear and went to the top of the rock face with RCMP Const. Chris Richard. They gave the constable a life jacket and fanned out to see if they could spot the missing person. (They did not, and the body of that victim was recovered several days later.)<br /> <br /> A lot happened in the next few minutes. Const. Richard was swept into the ocean by a huge wave and seriously injured when waves slammed him against the rocks. <br /> <br /> Firefighter Sparkes was washed into the ocean twice trying to rescue Richard. Another RCMP constable, Scott Lock, was swept into the ocean. But they all survived, thanks in part to additional help from firefighters Kutney and Johnson. (See the January 2011 edition of Canadian Firefighter and EMS Quarterly.)<br /> <br /> On Dec. 5, Kutney, Sparkes and Johnson were honoured for their bravery by Gov. Gen. David Johnston. Firefighter Sparkes received the Star of Courage. Firefighters Kutney and Johnson were awarded the Medal of Honour.<br /> <br /> HRFE has submitted information to the RCMP regarding the outstanding bravery of Const. Lock. A possible nomination for a governor general’s award for bravery is being reviewed by the Force.<br /> <br /> Safedesign celebrates 25th anniversary<br /> <br /> Toronto-based Safedesign has survived 25 years by striving to be the best firefighter gear distributor – and that’s it. As president Bill Sparfel said, the company’s secret to longevity has been to avoid diluting its core business.<br /> <br /> “We focus on what we do and doing it better than anyone else,” Sparfel said in an interview.<br /> <br /> “If you need parts for your rescue tools, we’re not the people to call. But if you need turnout gear, we’re the people.” <br /> <br /> Safedesign Apparel Ltd. Had its official start on March 1, 1989. Sparfel had spent 11 years working for Safety Supply Canada but had always wanted to start his own company. That drive eventually led him to turnout gear maker Globe.<br /> <br /> “I went down to Globe’s manufacturing plant in New Hampshire,” Sparfel said. “I made a deal to represent Globe outside of the continental United States.<br /> <br /> “[That was] 25 years ago, and we haven’t looked back.” Now Safedesign exclusively represents Globe in more than 80 countries.<br /> <br /> To celebrate its quarter century in the business, Sparfel said the company is planning a big party for its 22 staff members.<br /> <br /> “We take pride in what we’ve done,” Sparfel said. “It’s not just me; the success of any business is with the people who take pride in the business.<br /> <br /> “We’re going to revel in our 25 years of history.”<br /> <br /> Public education campaign marries fire safety and hockey<br /> <br /> Thunder Bay Fire Rescue in Ontario has teamed with the Lakehead University Thunder wolves and local telephone- service provider Tbaytel to release a series of limited-edition hockey cards that feature players from the university’s varsity team as well as a fire-safety message.<br /> <br /> “We were looking for a way to get fire safety information into the hands of young children,” said Anthony Stokaluk, public education officer. “So the partnership with the hockey team was a great fit.” Tbaytel sponsored the campaign, covering the cost of the cards. Just 500 sets of cards were produced, with each set containing 30 cards.<br /> <br /> The cards were available during the Thunderwolves’ last home game of the regular season on Feb. 15. Members of the Thunder Bay department as well as some hockey players also visited several elementary schools and minor hockey league events to distribute the cards and promote fire safety.<br /> <br /> In particular, the department targeted Grade 4 students, based on their age and interest in the university’s hockey team.<br /> <br /> “It’s also a grade that we’re not targeting with our other public education events,” Stokaluk said.<br /> <br /> “So we’d go to the classes with the LU players and the kids really bought into [the fire-safety messaging] because of the players.”<br /> <br /> The brass pole<br /> <br /> Promotions & appointments<br /> <br /> DALE mCLEAN was appointed fire chief for Kamloops Fire rescue in British Columbia on Oct. 21. McLean, a 33-year fire-service veteran, joined Edmonton Fire rescue in Alberta in 1980 as a firefighter. He was promoted to captain in 2004 and to deputy chief in 2008.<br /> <br /> DAVID FORFAR is the new fire chief for Caledon Fire and Emergency Services in Ontario. For far, who started in his new position on Dec. 9, has more than 30 years of fire-service experience. He was named district chief for Markham Fire and Emergency Service in 2000, and in 2007 became deputy fire chief for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service.<br /> <br /> RyAN JagOE was appointed deputy fire chief for East gwillimbury Emergency Services in Ontario on nov. 25. Jagoe previously worked as a paid-on-call firefighter with the East gwillimbury department, having been promoted to captain in 2011. He also has 11 years of experience as a paramedic and superintendent with the York region EMS.<br /> <br /> DERyN RIZZI was promoted to deputy fire chief for Vaughan Fire & rescue Service in Ontario on Dec. 6. Rizzi, who is the first female chief officer in York region, joined the department in Vaughan in 2001. She was appointed acting captain in 2009 and became captain in 2013.<br /> <br /> Retirement<br /> <br /> IAN SHETLER retired from the greater napanee Fire Service in Ontario on Dec. 31. Shetler joined the napanee department as a volunteer firefighter in 1987. He was hired as full time in 1989, and rose through the ranks to training officer, deputy fire chief and acting fire chief.<br /> <br /> TERRy HUBBARD, communications co-ordinator with the Burlington Fire Department in Ontario, retired nov. 28. Hubbard began working in communications with the Halton regional Police Service in 1980, before moving to the Burlington fire department in 1985. In 1999, Hubbard worked as program co-ordinator for the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness at Mohwak College. She returned to Burlington Fire in 2002.<br /> <br /> Last alarm <br /> <br /> RICK ADAmSON, 64, died Dec. 28 after a brave battle with cancer. Adamson was a firefighter with the Town of Erin Fire and Emergency Services in Ontario for 20 years. He also was the president of the Wellington- Dufferin Mutual-Aid Association, and was instrumental in getting the new Hillsburgh station operational. In his honour, the communication room in the station is named The rick Adamson Communications room.<br /> <br /> Brigade news: From stations across Canada <br /> <br /> The Panorama Fire Department in British Columbia, under Chief Martin Caldwell, took delivery in November of a Hub Fire Engines & Equipment-built light attack vehicle. Built on an International chassis and powered by an Allison 3000 EVS transmission and a MaxxForce 330-hp engine, the truck is equipped with a 500-gallon water tank, a Whelen LED light package and a Zico Quic ladder.<br /> <br /> The Leduc County Fire Department in Nisku, Alta., under Chief Darrell Fleming, took delivery in January of a Fort Garry Fire Trucksbuilt pumper. Built on a Spartan Metro Star chassis and powered by an Allison 3000 EVS transmission and a Cummins 380-hp engine, the truck is equipped with a Darley 1,050-gpm pump, a 1,000-gallon pro-poly water tank, a FoamPro foam system, a Federal Light package, FRC Focus telescopic lights, an Elkhart Vulcan RF monitor, On Spot tire chains and a Honda generator.<br /> <br /> The Adams Lake Fire Department in British Columbia, under Chief Tony Dennis, took delivery in January of a Hub Fire Engines & Equipment-built pumper. Built on a Freightliner chassis and powered by an Allison 3000 EVS transmission and a Cummins 330-hp engine, the truck is equipped with a Hale Q-Flo 1,050-gpm pump, a FoamPro foam system, a 1,000-gallon co-poly water tank, Zico LAS ladder storage, a Whelen LED light package and Magnafire Push Up lights.<br /> <br /> Flagstaff Regional Emergency Services in Flagstaff County, Alta., under Chief Kim Cannady, took delivery in October of a Fort Garry Fire Trucks-built tanker. Built on a Freightliner chassis and powered by an Allison 3000 EVS transmission and a Cummins 350-hp engine, the truck is equipped with a Hale 420-gpm pump and a 2,500-gallon co-poly water tank.<br /> <br /> Edmonton Fire Rescue in Alberta, under Chief Ken Block, took delivery in January from Safetek Emergency Vehicles of a Smeal Fire Apparatus-built pumper. Built on a Spartan Gladiator chassis and powered by an Allison 4000 EVS transmission and a Cummins 500- hp engine, the truck is equipped with a Hale Q-Max 1,875-gpm pump, a FoamPro dual foam system, a 480-gallon polyurethane water tank, Akron electric valves and a 15,000-watt Harrison hydraulic generator<br /> <br /> The Skeetchestn Band Volunteer Fire Department in British Columbia took delivery in January of a Hub Fire Engines & Equipment-built pumper. Built on a Freightliner M2 chassis and powered by an Allison 3000 EVS transmission and a Cummins ISL 350-hp engine, the truck is equipped with a Hale Q-Flo 1,050-gpm pump, a FoamPro foam system, a 1,000-gallon co-poly water tank, a Whelen LED light package, an Akron Apollo monitor, a Zico LAS ladder rack and a Honda generator.

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