Kinuso: department records busier year in 2018

The Kinuso Fire District: left-right, are assistant deputy fire chief Kolia Wedmid, training officer Kieran Moore, deputy fire chief Everett Samuelson, Darcy Hunt, junior firefighter Ethan Wedmid, Hunter Wedmid and Jim Zinyk. Missing in photo are Capt. Dustin Seghers, Capt. Anthony Churchill, Ray Sheldon, Ernie Samuelson, Ian Churchill, Ryan Sprowl, Ronnie Hunt, Wren Sloan and Sandy Williams.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The Kinuso Fire District reports a heavier volume of calls this year.

“It’s been busier than normal, we’ve had more motor vehicle collisions and medical assists,” says deputy fire chief Everett Samuelson.

“More than half our calls have been to motor vehicles.”

Although no structure fires have occurred in Kinuso, local firefighters assisted a fire in Faust.

Kinuso crews also assisted STARS air ambulance to rescue three people injured in a quadding incident at Spruce Point Park on July 3.

In another mishap on an all-terrain vehicle, crews rescued a couple who got stuck in mud on the lakeshore.

Firefighters were called to several motor vehicle crashes including three on May 19.

Starting at 4 a.m., Kinuso assisted at the scene of an overturned oil tanker on Highway 33 about 10 km south of Swan Hills. The highway was closed for several hours.

Second, crews responded to a single-vehicle crash on Range Road 94 north of Highway 2 at 1:30 p.m. in which the driver had an apparent medical issue, Samuelson says.

Later in the evening, firefighters were called out to a scene where a single vehicle drove into a slough at 8:40 p.m.

Unusual weather created situations where firefighters were called.

Crews responded to trees and branches fallen on powerlines caused by strong winds on June 11. Earlier in the spring, firefighters also responded to a wildland fire.

Always ready to respond, the fire department has a roster of 15.

“We are always looking for more recruits,” Samuelson says.

A junior firefighter program for ages 14-18 was launched last year.

“We are working with Kinuso School and we put the call out at the start of the new school year in September,” Samuelson says.

Kinuso fire department holds practices the first at second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, phone Samuelson at [780] 849-0308.


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