Faust: rescue also a big part of service provided

The Faust Fire District: in the ront row, left-right, are Violet Campiou, Jeff Olymuk, Chris Brown, deputy fire chief Robert Nygaard, George Baker, Ken MacEachern, Lloyd Marshall and Brad Miller. In the back row, left-right, are Colebee Harding, Bob Dalke and Chad Miller. Missing in the photo are assistant deputy fire chief Wally Garrick, safety officer Dawn Garrick, Mike Zatorski, Donna Dalke, Kallen MacEachern, Jordan MacEachern and Joe Wolff.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The Faust Fire District has responded to few calls for fire this year, but they are busy in other roles.

“It’s been a relatively quiet year for fire calls,” deputy fire chief Robert Nygaard says.

Firefighters responded to just one structure fire, a mobile home in April.

“It was promptly extinguished with some fire damage,” he says.

Flooding in the Faust and Kinuso area June 12-13 kept crews busy with the rescue boat.

“We rescued one couple from their mobile home in Faust, did one medical transport for a woman in Faust, and helped one person from Swan River First Nations for a medical transport,” Nygaard says.

Big Lakes County purchased the boat in spring 2016. It is stored in the Faust Fire Hall.

Two major calls for motor vehicle incidents were handled locally.

Faust Fire District responded to a vehicle fire north of Strawberry Service in August.

“A one-ton flatdeck truck was fully engulfed when we arrived and was quickly extinguished,” Nygaard says.

Local crews also responded to assist in a collision on Highway 33 south of Kinuso.

Nobody was injured in the incident, he says.

On another call, crews assisted Joussard Fire District in a head-on collision 40 km south of the hamlet.

Earlier in the year, a Faust member contained a small grass fire before Alberta Foresty crews arrived with aid.

Currently the department has 18 members. Nygaard wants more.

Faust meets the first and third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, phone Nygaard at [780] 355-3530 or cell at [780] 523-8391.


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