Fire Prevention Officer for Mulhurst Bay Fire and Rescue Department, Scott Murdock, says that his department is a little different that others in the County of Wetaskiwin.
“We are a little different from most departments because of our age,” Murdock jokes about the majority of their crew being older than most other departments. Age aside, the Mulhurst Bay Fire and Rescue Department has responded to their fair share of calls this year.
Murdock says the majority of their calls are for medical assists. Although, “we get an awful lot of theses bacon grease fires,” says Murdock.
For proper fire prevention in the home and kitchen Murdock urges citizens not to overlook what may seem mundane, or common sense.
Tricks such as properly disposing of your cooking greases and unplugging kitchen appliances, such as coffee pots, if you will be away from your home for an extended time can save you from a potential fire.
Murdock says that the Department has attended a fire that burned down a house because of a coffee pot.
Part of the Departments efforts to educate on fire prevention is their annual visit to Pipestone Elementary School. Regularly they will gather the students in the gym and teach them fire safe and prevention habits, this year they will be outside because of COVID-19 restrictions.
One of the major fire safety habits they teach the kids regularly is about the importance of having an escape route incase of a fire. Mulhurst Bay Fire and Rescue Department will be at Pipestone Elementary School on Oct. 8, 2020.