Midway fire department gets new vehicle

The Midway Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) has a new command vehicle in service, a much-needed addition to the department’s response team.

The Midway Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) has a new command vehicle in service, a much-needed addition to the department’s response team.

The vehicle, a 2010 Dodge 3/4 ton 4×4 crew cab, will finally provide Fire Chief Walt Osallame with a response unit dedicated to the department. For more than 25 years, Osallame has used his own personal vehicles to respond to incidents, for which he neither asked for nor was provided compensation.

With the sharp increase last summer in emergency calls, Osallame’s vehicles were pushed to the limit, making the purchase of a new command vehicle a necessity.

The truck came from the County of Minburn-Vergeville Fire Department in Vegreville, Alberta, a small town located 100 kilometres east of Edmonton, which had listed it for sale at $20,000. After conversation between the two departments, Minburn generously offered to sell the vehicle to the MVFD as an assist (from one fire departement to another) for a slashed price of $13,000.

When asked for comment, Midway Chief Administrative Officer Penny Feist said, “There was significant wear and tear on Fire Chief Osallame’s vehicle for sure, but, perhaps more importantly, there was risk to injury placed on the chief and to others while responding to an incident without lights and sirens. Risk of liability for both the fire chief and the village was also present.”

“It is well known,” continued Feist, “that in order for an effective and safe response, the Incident Commander (IC) needs to be first on scene to perform an on-site assessment and now, with the new command vehicle, people will be well aware of an ongoing emergency response. With red flashing lights and sirens, the IC will be able to ensure a safe and timely response to emergency situations.”

The vehicle will be used by the fire chief within the fire response area while on duty, and the deputy incident commander on duty will be placed in charge of the command vehicle while the chief is off duty or away from the fire response area.

The vehicle was delivered to Midway on Feb. 5, received a successful inspection, and has been in operation since Feb.12.


Just Posted

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

What’s happening for Family Day in the Boundary

Activities in and around Grand Forks offer something for everyone.

Biologists discover another female calf in depleted South Purcell Mountain Caribou herd

Calf will be moved to Revelstoke maternity pens, then released

Petition on Second Street project presented to council

Over 1,000 signatures were gathered, but staff say council can’t do much about the project.

Man seriously hurt after police shooting near Nelson

Incident has been reported to provincial police watchdog

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Most Read