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Fire department reports a decrease in business for 2019


Emergency response from Dauphin Fire Department (DFD) decreased slightly in 2019 over the same period of 2018.
In a report to city council for Jan. 1 to the end of June 2019, fire chief Cam Abrey explained, DFD had 109 emergency responses, which was a decrease of 13 incidents from 122 incidents in 2018.
“And you can see that false alarms are still our number one incident, 30 per cent of our calls consist of that. Twenty per cent are kitchen fires, 18 per cent being outdoor fires and not all of those you’ll see happen in the RM (of Dauphin). We have some that occurred within the city limits. And then structure fires being at 10 per cent of our total call volume,” he added.
From April 1 to June 30, Abrey said, DFD responded to 58 incidents, which is a decrease over last year of 18 calls, pointing out the department responded to 76 calls in May 2018.
Forty-two of the incidents occurred within city limits consisting of 1,319 work hours, he said, and 16 of those calls occurred in the RM, consisting of 852.5 work hours.
Of the 16 false alarms, Abrey said, two occurred in the RM, while 11 of the 16 outdoor fires occurred in the RM.
There were nine kitchen fires, eight structure fires and two of those were in the RM, he said, plus five motor vehicle collisions, with one within the RM, three vehicle fires and one CO alarm.
“And we have yet to receive any other calls, EMS assists or rescues for the second quarter, April to June 30,” Abrey added.
Between April 1 to June 30, he noted, outdoor fires moved from third place to second, he said, due to drier weather.
April and May had incidents DFD typically responds to, Abrey said, such as kitchen fires, false alarms and motor vehicle collisions.
“However in June, the DFD responded to three structure fires in the city of Dauphin, where those hours equal 47 per cent of the total month of 320.5 hours, out of 678,” he said, adding the largest area of response DFD was dispatched remains false alarms at 28 per cent for the second quarter.
With warmer drier weather in the second quarter, Abrey said, outdoor fires surpassed kitchen fires and went into second place.
While outdoor fires are often associated with field fires in the RM, he said, DFD had five outdoor fires within the city limits.
“One being in the long grass along the river bank in Vermillion Park, one in the skate park, in the long grass in the bicycle moguls that are located to the west of the concrete structure. And one in the back lane just off of First Avenue NE, along the dead grass on the bike lane. The other two fires were in recycling bins which are located just down the street here on First Avenue SE,” he said.
Under the training section of the report, Abrey said, DFD continued to offer standard first aid CPR classes to the public, which has been a great success.
Several members completed practical and written exams for Fire Fighting and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 1001 certification, he reported, and several other members will be continuing examinations in September and October, travelling to Brandon for practical exams.
Abrey congratulated Devon Pylypchuk and Mitchell Kanton for completing Level 1 and Nathaniel Yury, Cameron Popiel, Jordon Steiner Devin Kiesman and Jennifer Thompson for completing Level 1.
The next Level 1 and 2 classes start Sept. 19, Abrey noted, which is offered to members of the Riding Mountain Mutual Aid District fire departments.
“The pilot program we held in 2017-18, and we continued it again this past year, was a success. And we have now had firefighters from Gilbert Plains, Grandview, Laurier, Sifton and Ste. Rose all taking part in completing their Level 1, where they haven’t had that opportunity before, because they haven’t had enough members from their own department to hire an instructor to travel out there to teach,” he explained, noting members are traveling to Dauphin weekly, to take the training.
In closing, Abrey updated council on the status of the Walk-Around rescue truck at Fort Garry Fire Trucks, noting he was sent a picture of a truck being received in Winnipeg and entering the assembly line.

M. A. Nyquist