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Water rescue training delayed until spring

by David Meyer

MAPLETON TWP. - Fire Chief Rick Richardson had some good news and some bad news for Mapleton council on Sept. 27.

He said the water rescue training council approved in August for members of his department will not take place this year. He had hoped in August that it would be able to start in mid-September.

Instead, he said, a shortage of instructors at the Fire College means training will be put off until next May.

Mapleton is home to the Conestogo River and Conestogo Lake, and he told council in August, when seeking permission for the training, the department is willing to undertake rescue work there if members have proper training and equipment.

On the positive side, there will likely be money in the budget for next spring. The total budget he presented for water rescue training was $19,444. He said if the training had been done on schedule, having enough money in the fire department budget would be “close.”


October 7, 2011


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