Driftpile: a quiet year enjoyed by firefighters

The Driftpile Cree First Nation Volunteer Fire Department: left-right, are Brian Giroux, Cy Dow, acting fire chief Kevin Bellerose, Rodney Thunder, and Ralphie Bellerose. Missing are Kenneth Giroux and Tommy Giroux.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The Driftpile Cree Nation Volunteer Fire Department has had a very quiet year.

“We’ve had no calls for fires or motor vehicle collisions,” acting fire chief Kevin Bellerose says.

It was a stark contrast to last year, when the crew responded to 20 calls for fire, motor vehicle crashes and grass fires.

However, the fire department continues to respond to Lakeshore Regional Police Services for household disturbances, when requested.

“We’ve been doing that for a few years,” Bellerose says.

“We assist police on their 911 calls.”

Fire drills are also led by the fire department during the school year.

“We do fire drills at Driftpile School six times a year,” Bellerose says.

Currently the fire department has about 10 firefighters but they are still recruiting.

“We are always looking for more firefighters and we also need a new fire chief,” Bellerose says.

The fire department trains every few months.

To volunteer, please phone Bellerose at [780] 523-6069.

 

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