Millet Fire Department obtains local support in creating training facility

Millet Fire Department is pleased to announce the procurement of a vital puzzle piece in the department’s ongoing training needs...

  • Oct. 25, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Submitted by Millet Fire Dept

Millet Fire Department is pleased to announce the procurement of a vital puzzle piece in the department’s ongoing training needs, via storage boxes provided by Sea Box Depot in Leduc.

Recent discussions amongst the department’s officer corps regarding future training needs turned quickly to reality when Millet’s town council approved the use of town land for the creation of a training facility. The department quickly realized that the versatility, mobility, and size of sea boxes made them a perfect fit for training purposes, and funds from the department’s training budget were immediately allocated to the project.

To this end, when fea Box Depot in Leduc was approached for a quote, the local business offered two containers to the fire department at a heavily discounted price. Sea Box Depot’s owner, Troy Schmitke, even went one step further, arranging Heath Specialty Services Inc. to provide free delivery and positioning of the boxes at the fire department’s chosen location. Support from businesses like Sea Box Depot and Heath Specialty Services truly make a difference in Millet Fire’s ability to be innovative and creative in preparing for emergency.

For the nearly 30 local volunteers who are on-call at all hours of the day and night, on-the-job training is extremely important to the longevity of the fire department. To be able to respond to an average of more than 125 emergency calls annually, extensive training is required. Millet Fire Department’s crew ranges from “rookies” with less than a year of experience, through to active members with more than forty years’ fire service. The dedicated crew shares a common goal giving back to the community. Focusing on extensive in-house training ensures the crew is prepared for any emergency scene. Millet Fire Department is well known for the dedicated professionalism of all its members in all situations.

MFD’s service area stretches 24 miles (east to west) and 11 miles deep (north to south), across a vast expanse of the County of Wetaskiwin and Leduc County, including the Town of Millet. MFD’s crew responds to emergencies including but not limited to: first response medical calls, motor vehicle collisions requiring extrication, search and rescue, fire suppression, and fire investigation. With a fleet of state-of-the-art fire apparatus trucks, designed from the chassis up by members of the department itself, Millet Fire Department is well-prepared for all of the emergencies it responds to annually. Additionally, MFD proudly holds mutual aid agreements with neighbouring departments to ensure our service area is adequately protected at all times.

During the 2016 Fire Prevention Week, don’t be surprised if a firefighter knocks on your door, with a friendly reminder to test your smoke detector and check its age. Each member of Millet Fire Department does so in a volunteer capacity; we encourage you to take the opportunity to ask questions and stay informed about fire safety in your home. Be sure to educate yourself and your children as to when, and how, to request the fire department’s assistance. Millet Fire is pleased to open its doors to the general public any time let them help you to stay “fire-smart” and “fire-safe”.

About Millet Fire Department: With a crew of twenty-five (25) active and several retired and/or reserve firefighters, Millet Fire Department operates on a 100 per cent volunteer basis. With a vast response coverage area stretching into the County of Wetaskiwin, Leduc County, and the Town of Millet, the department responds to more than 125 calls each year. For more information, visit www.millet.ca/fire-hall. Contact: Fire Chief Blair Mohr (milletfire@millet.ca or dial 911 for any emergency).

 

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