In order to assist you, emergency responders need to be able to find you!

When you call 911 in an emergency, emergency responders can lose precious minutes trying to locate the home, business, or other type of facility that requires assistance if address numbers are not EASILY and CLEARLY visible!

YOU can greatly assist in making this possible!

Some questions, tips and guidelines from the Mattawa Fire Department:

  • Ask your friends, clients, and visitors if they can clearly see the property number.
  • Is the property number clearly visible in both daylight and at night?
    • Is there enough contrast in the numbers versus the background on which they are displayed?
    • Are the numbers faded, do they need to be painted, or replaced?
    • Are there lights near the numbers to make them more visible?
    • Are the numbers reflective?
  • Bigger is better!
    • Recommendation for single-family homes is at least 4″ high lettering.
    • Recommendation for multiple dwelling units is at least 6″ high lettering.
  • Do the numbers face the street on which the property resides?
    • Are the numbers visible in both directions? You never know in which direction emergency assistance may approach.
    • If there is a driveway to a property, then the numbers need to be clearly visible at the accessing road.
  • Trim, trim, trim…
    • Bushes, flowers, vines, trees, weeds can easily obscure property numbers in spring, summer, and fall.
    • Move anything that may obscure the property numbers.
  • Winter surprises…
    • Clear snow and ice to make all property numbers clearly visible.

MFD Training – Joint Training Operations with PCFD

Crews completed joint training operations with Papineau-Cameron Fire Deparatment (PCFD) this week. 

Completed 2 evolutions, one with water supply from a portable pump and the other from Porta-tank (tanker shuttle) supply. 

PCFD’s portable pump was setup on the Ottawa River, and MFD 4″ supply was laid to the pump off Pumper 08. The 2 1/2″ kit is needed to adapt to the twin ports on the portable pump.

Calculated fire flows with 2 x 2 1/2″ attack hoses laid to the portable ground monitor. Set for 1000, 750, and 500gpm throughout the tests.  

The second evolution was with a tanker shuttle. Pumper 05 was used to draft out of the Porta-tank and relay pumped to Pumper 08 with 4″ LDH. We were able to achieve 750-900 gpm flow from the portable pump and were able to achieve 900 gpm flow from the porta-tank.

MFD Training – Joint Training Operations with PCFD

MFD Training – Basic Driver Training

Four (4) members of the Mattawa Fire Department completed their 4 hour basic driver training course this past weekend. They are now eligible to proceed to the intermediate phase of their training.

This weekend focused on truck familiarity, vehicle dynamics and precision driving. Members had to navigate a tight slalom, a narrow straight away, sharp 90 degree corner, reverse into parking spot off roadway and a 3 point turn.

Training like this helps ensure our drivers are safe and proficient in all aspects of operating our apparatus.

MFD Training – Basic Driver Training