A mid-September 2017 weekend brought a number of full time RV families from the US to Sid Turcotte Park Camping and Cottage Resort for a Canadian rally (EH!). A number of organized activities were included in the weekend for the participating families. The Mattawa Fire Department was invited to speak to the attendees at a fire safety seminar. Sparky happened to be in town and was able to visit with the kids while they inspected a few fire vehicles.
On Friday, August 3, 2017 Glenn and Leslie Clarke, residents of Mattawa, had to say goodbye to their family member Flick. They thought their dog Flick was a little crazy, but he was a good boy, and will be missed. Several years ago Flick had suffered an ordeal in the frozen Mattawa River. Four (4) people risked their lives that night while rescuing Flick.
To show their gratitude Glenn and Leslie made a donation towards the purchase of an ice rescue sled. With the help of the family, the Mattawa Town Council, and the Mattawa Fire Department, Mattawa purchased an ice rescue sled and named it Flick.
Theme: Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!
What’s the risk in September?
2006-2015 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management:
- 7% of annual loss fires occur in September
- Average of 32 injuries
- Average of 3 fatalities
- Top ignition sources include electrical distribution equipment, cooking, and cigarettes.
Primary fire safety concerns for September include cooking, smoking, electrical fires, and farm fires.
Smoking Fire Safety
Electrical Fire Safety
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Information about Reducing the Risk of Fire on Your Farm
Additional information about farm fire safety
The Mattawa Fire Department would like to invite you to our open house on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at the Mattawa Fire Hall from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided. Fire prevention information will be available. Bring the kids to meet Sparky and see the equipment.
The children immediately asked whether the department had a dog! Goes to show how Sparky makes an impression. They also wondered where all the other firefighters were. It was explained to them that the firefighters are volunteers and have other jobs. There were many questions about the gear that the firefighters wear, why are the helmets different colours, questions about the man down alarms, the flashlights on the helmets, etc. Very inquisitive minds!
The kids were very excited when Fire Chief Chad Belanger arrived as now the boss was there!
In spite of the the children were able to see the gear that the firefighters wear, get into the fire trucks, tour the back of the rescue van, and see the ice water rescue equipment while nice and dry inside the fire hall.
A great time was had by all! Everyone left smiling wearing their very own fire hat!
Mattawa District Public School jk and sk students visited the Mattawa fire hall on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017. The excited children could be heard as they walked down McConnell St. towards the fire hall. As they spotted the fire trucks that were parked outside the fire hall with all their lights flashing…
The children and adult supervisors were greeted by Deputy Fire Chief Paul Dupras and firefighters Caleb Jodouin and Ernie Lamirante.
There were many questions about the gear that the firefighters wear, the ice water rescue equipment, and the fire trucks. Some of the children were eager to share stories where they had experienced some type of event related to fire.
But most of all they all wanted to get into the fire trucks, pretend to drive, blow the horns!
It certainly looked like they enjoyed their visit! Everyone left smiling wearing their very own fire hat!