Introducing the Stonewall Rockwood Fire Department, a dedicated team of paid on-call firefighters committed to serving our community. Currently comprised of 30 firefighters, including a chief, deputy chief, three assistant chiefs, two training officers, and two fire inspectors, our department is equipped to handle a wide range of emergencies.
At the heart of our mission is public education. We actively engage with schools, libraries, town employees, day care centers, and other facilities to teach vital fire safety lessons. Through interactive demonstrations, including live fire exercises where participants learn to use fire extinguishers, we empower individuals with life-saving skills. Additionally, we offer educational visits to our fire hall, giving people an opportunity to explore our apparatus and gain a deeper understanding of our operations.
Ensuring the safety of our community goes beyond education. We have established a comprehensive fire inspection program to ensure compliance with building and fire codes. Certain buildings within our jurisdiction undergo annual or triennial inspections, contributing to a safer environment for all. Furthermore, we undertake fundraising initiatives, such as washing lots after harsh Manitoba winters. The funds generated from these activities are then utilized to support community events and assist victims of fire.
Throughout the year, we organize various events to foster community spirit. Our highly anticipated Halloween social brings together residents in costume for a night of enjoyment. Additionally, during National Fire Awareness Week in October, we host an open house where the community can indulge in a pancake breakfast, explore our facilities, and interact with our firefighters. We also actively participate in parades, Quarry Days, Christmas celebrations, and other local events, spreading joy and providing valuable giveaways to the public.
As the Stonewall Rockwood Fire Department, our responsibilities encompass a wide range of emergencies due to our location. We are prepared to respond to structure fires, motor vehicle collisions, ammonia leaks, water rescues, ice rescues, ground searches, medical assistance calls, and support the RCMP when needed. We are also equipped to handle grass and field fires and provide mutual aid to neighboring municipalities. To ensure our firefighters are well-equipped and up-to-date, we actively engage in fire inspections, attend meetings and seminars, and enroll in Manitoba Emergency Services courses.
In line with our commitment to community safety, we recently welcomed four new members to our team through a successful recruitment drive. With their addition, we continue to strengthen our capabilities and provide the best possible service to our community.
Our fleet consists of two engines/pumpers. E24, our newest addition, is specially designed for structure fires, while E20 is equipped for motor vehicle collisions and carries the jaws of life rescue tool. Both engines are versatile and respond to all emergency calls. Complementing the pumpers is our rescue unit, R23, which contains all the necessary equipment to support rescue operations. To aid in rural firefighting efforts, we have a tanker, T21, which carries water. Lastly, our field unit, FU22, is a 4×4 truck equipped to combat field and grass fires.
As a 24/7, 365-day service, we are always ready to respond to emergencies, regardless of the time or weather conditions. Our dedicated firefighters take pride in their work and are honored to serve the community. We believe that community is everything, and our commitment to keeping our residents safe drives us every day.
If you have any further questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here for you and proud to serve.