MFD Training — Low-angle Rope Rescue Training

The Mattawa Fire Department conducted low-angle rope rescue training this week. Worked on further developing our 4:1 haul kit pulley system. This system is designed to haul a rescue litter and victim up low/medium angles in order to serve areas of the community where limited access exist (river banks, mountain sides, highway ditches, etc.). This week the crew trained on long distance pulls down a 200ft. long incline.

MFD Training — Low-angle Rope Rescue Training

November 7, Clocks Fall Back, Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries!

Clocks will fall back one hour at 2 am on November 7 and the Mattawa Fire Department is recommending that Mattawa residents install new batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they change their clocks.

In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries. Once a year, old batteries should be replaced with new batteries.

In order to survive a fire, you need to be provided with an early warning and know what to do when the smoke alarms sound. Working smoke alarms are required on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, it is recommended to also install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms.

Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.

Tampering with or removing the batteries from your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is against the law. Failure to comply with the Fire Code can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000.

For more information contact any of the following Mattawa Fire Department representatives: