The City of Kenora’s Fire and Emergency Services department has provided a look into their previous quarter, detailed in a report presented to councillors earlier this week. The previous quarter took place between October 1, to December 31, 2018.

Local firefighters responded to 13 fires in the previous quarter, including 3 vehicle fires, 1 cooking fire, a fire at the Kenora Provincial Jail, and two garage fires. Firefighters also responded to 38 alarm calls, 21 medical response emergencies, 24 motor vehicle collisions, 5 elevator rescue calls, and a bomb threat.

Notably, fourth quarter calls for service brought the total number of calls in 2018 to 428. Those calls for service have been broken up into six categories, including:

- Fire related – 15 per cent
- Alarm activations – 34 per cent
- Medical response – 13 per cent
- Motor vehicle collisions – 15 per cent
- Burning complaints – 11 per cent
- Other – 12 per cent

Firefighters have also been busy with engaging the public. Staff have been providing fire prevention and life safety education programs to a variety of city and community partners, including the Kenora Association for Community Living, local schools, retirement homes, and local media partners.

In 2019, the service has been approved to purchase sea cans to develop live burn fire training cells to increase training opportunities for staff, through the 2019 Capital Budget. The service will also bring in 6 new volunteer firefighters, after 12 residents applied for the position.

The fire service says that they will continue to work with neighbouring First Nation communities in Wauzhushk Onigum and Dalles First Nation, to provide fire protection services.

Six local firefighters were also honoured for their service. Gavin Konoski and Todd Baker both received 5 year Recognition of Service Pins, Kenton Ammerman and Kyle Sitar saw 10 year service awards, and Gary Sinclair and Scott Cameron received 15 year awards.

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