Busy holiday season for CK Fire

Photo released by CKFES.

Chatham-Kent Fire had a very busy December and festive period in 2016/17.

Fire officials say over the course of the last 40 days the department responded to 53 motor vehicle collisions and 19 fires including two significant commercial warehouse fires in Wallaceburg.

“The stamina and determination of all our staff has been tested over the past month, working in arduous conditions for long periods our teams have done a fantastic job to safeguard communities and protect homes and properties,” explains Assistant Chief Chris Case. “Despite these challenges their commitment and dedication has never waivered and they are a credit to their communities.  The support and assistance we have had from colleagues in the Police, EMS and municipal teams has been vital to allow us to achieve the safe outcomes we aspire to during operational incidents.”

For the first time in five years nobody lost their lives through the tragedy of fire death in a home in Chatham-Kent. Crews visited thousands of homes in 2017 with the implementation of innovative programs such as CHiRP Home Fire Safety ChecksAfter the Fire Reassurance and My Apartment. The approach is all about ‘getting into people’s homes’ and educating face-to-face.  Fire officials say this has significantly increased the interaction of firefighters with members of the community.

“Our frontline firefighters are constantly providing fire safety education to the public and we work very closely with our community partners, who help us connect to residents,” explains Whitney Burk, Public Educator. “Without these relationships our reach would definitely be restricted.”

Contact CKFES for a CHiRP Check by calling 519-360-1998 or visit www.ckfire.ca

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