The following is an extract from a comment made on our Municipal Facebook page by Darryl Johnson with CNP Search & Rescue on the recent controversial fire story in Coleman, and the subsequent Municipal Media Release - Fire Response Time (Nov.09/12).
As a member of Protective Services (Rescue) I can confirm that the times reported by the Municipality are correct and accurate as they are taken from the official record from our 911 Dispatch Centre.
Rescue personnel supported our Fire personnel at this incident. Our Municipal Rescue personnel were called out to assist fire personnel as standard operating procedure when a fire such as this occurs - we support the fire operation by conducting scene/traffic control, provision of firefighter safety checks, breathing apparatus refilling, etc.
The negative comments being made in this community and through the social media network are very hurtful to all of us as volunteer members who are trying to serve our community.
The current volunteer members, both new and old, are dedicating our personal time and energy to continue to make Crowsnest Pass a wonderful place to live. As volunteers we are trying to move forward through these very difficult times. Many of us are finding the ongoing negative and erroneous information about our Protective Services organization to more of an anchor chain than a lifeline for us.
As volunteer fire and rescue personnel we are focusing on ensuring every member is fully and formally trained, and that our services meet national standards.
I understand change of this magnitude is difficult and can be emotionally challenging, however we are seeing many positive aspects with the new structure through such things as training, integration between stations, a full-time Fire Chief who is dedicated to ensuring us as volunteers are given the training and support we need and he is also fully committed to providing our community with the best protective services possible.
Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.