Firefighters respond to nine fire calls during “˜pretty normal”™ second quarter

The Mapleton Fire Department responded to 30 calls for assistance from the beginning of April to the end of June.

Fire Chief Rick Richardson on July 22 presented his quarterly report to Mapleton council covering the period.

The calls were fairly evenly split, with 10 coming in April, 11 in May and nine in June.

Mapleton firefighters responded to nine fires during the three-month period. They also responded to five medical aid calls, one call for downed power lines, four calls for mutual aid from other communities, nine vehicle collisions and two false alarms.

Richardson described the level of activity as “pretty normal” compared to last December and January, when ice storms and severe winter weather increased call volume.

Richardson also reported that during the months of April, May and June firefighters received training in: off road rescue, self-contained breathing apparatus, personal protection equipment, fire behaviour, firefighter health and safety, medical assistance, water rescue and driver training. The department also completed annual fitness and agility testing.

In April, the Moorefield station hosted the monthly mutual aid association meeting with a presentation from the OPP. Members attended the Drayton Farm Show for two days to hand out fire prevention messages. Firefighters also attended the OAFC Zone 3 meeting and seven officers completed the provincial evaluators seminar in Fergus.

The fire safety trailer and two firefighters assisted at a farm safety day at Maco Enterprises and the chief and deputies attended the Wellington County Fire Chief’s Association quarterly meeting.

In May, Mapleton firefighters organized and conducted the first Safe Kids Day for Mapleton involving local OPP, Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Services and Wellington County Farm Safety Association and local public health and county emergency management personnel. About 300 students bussed to the PMD Arena Complex for the event. The Wellington County Safe Communities leadership table met in Aboyne and Drayton pre-schoolers toured the Drayton station.

In June, more pre-schoolers toured the fire station, the Joint Health and Safety Committee held a quarterly meeting, and officers attended the Interoperability Day in Aboyne with the OPP and EMS supervisors.

Fire department representatives also attended the grand opening of the Wellington County OPP station in Teviotdale on June 20.