Enilda: new equipment added to serve public better

The Enilda Fire District: front row, left-right, are Tiffany Smith, Brian Simpson, David Willoughby, deputy fire chief Donald Bissell, assistant deputy fire chief Fred Caudron and Amanda Caouette. In the back row, left-right, are Diana Bissell and junior firefighter Desiree Bissell. Missing in the photo are Adam Caudron, Shawn Marcoux Sr., Shawn Marcoux Jr., safety and training officer Claude Smith, Aaron Harbidge, Peter Spruyt, Brian Bissell, Darron Riddle, Arthur Smith, John Stokes and Chad Caouette.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The Enilda Fire District has recorded a light volume of calls this year.

“We’ve had a very quiet year for fire calls, we haven’t had any fire calls,” says deputy fire chief Donald Bissell.

However, the fire- fighters are ready for any call.

“It usually goes in spurts, we go by without a call for a long time and then we can get three in one day, it happens,” Bissell says.

The Enilda fire crew has assisted the High Prairie Volunteer Fire Department and Grouard Fire District for a few calls, he says.

Besides new fire fighting gear, the Enilda Fire District also welcomed a new truck in the spring.

A 2016 Freightliner 4 x 4 fire engine arrived June 19 and was commissioned into service June 20.

“We haven’t used it for any fires, but we’re training on it every chance we get,” Bissell says.

The new truck provides more capabilities to fight fires in the county in both rural and urban locations.

A tank on the trunk carries 800 gallons of water and has a pumping capacity of 1,250 gallons per minute, as well as foam capability.

A hose bed on the front bumper also provides easer access.

More than that, the truck has the ability to draw water from non-traditional sources such as a lake, river or dugout.

Enilda currently has 18 regular members and one junior firefighter.

“We’re always looking for more members,” Bissell says.

The fire department practices the first and third Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

For more information, phone Donald Bissell at [780] 523-2209, or [780] 523-7179 or Diana Bissell at [780] 536-0649.


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