Our Firefighters Stay Ready

Emptying the tanker at Appleton

Mississippi Mills firefighters need to drill, inspect and train regularly in order to protect us. Councillor Dalgity and I were pleased to join more than twenty of them at one of their weekly sessions on a beautiful evening. We observed inspection and cleaning of the hoses, went to the Appleton dry hydrant to see its operation with a tanker, and sat in on First Responder training in the classroom. We are extremely proud that our department has been approved to be a regional training centre in Eastern Ontario.

The Dry Hydrant

Please don’t park in front of these dry hydrants! As you can see, the tanker had to park beside this car.

Dry hydrants are at several locations in the municipality. The one pictured above is in Appleton. You may recall a recommendation to close the 7B Bridge at Indian Creek? Well, there is a dry hydrant on one side; that was one of the reasons that residents objected to the closure. And please do not park in front of them, thank you.

A good firefighter knows how, an educated firefighter knows why.”

Replacing hoses after inspection and cleaning, at the Almonte Fire Hall.

Firefighting equipment must be in good condition and inspected regularly. New firefighters are trained in the care and operation of the equipment regularly.

A First Responder role play as part of the medically-related training in the classroom.

Our volunteer firefighters are often the first responders to vehicle and other accidents or illnesses. Here, the team helps a “40-year-old unconscious jogger” who collapsed on Union Street and had a weak, then absent pulse. We are extremely fortunate in having experienced paramedics and City of Ottawa firefighters among our volunteers. They shared their knowledge with others during this session. Notice that the trainer/patient has a death-like grip on his marker!

Councillor Dalgity and I are grateful to the firefighters and Interim Chief Giberson for allowing us to observe and permission to take photos.