Over the past 48 hours WCA has received countless expressions of gratitude for the South East Whiteshell Volunteer Fire Department. We reached out to Chief Bruce Morrison. Here’s he describes their involvement in the fire.
Bruce Morrison – “at 2:21 Wednesday May 12, SEWFD was paged by 911 to attend a wildfire encroaching a resident. Our first on scene were there at 2:24 as they were working close by. The property owners son had arrived as well and a pump and line were deployed. Each minute there after brought in more members and our forestry pump and hose lines were laid out and activated. Initial attack was to the tree line beside the residence to prevent spread to the structure. The wildfire continued to move north along the east perimeter and a few RV trailers in storage there became involved. Our Pumper had arrived and we continued an offensive strike to extinguish the involved trailers and to eliminate further spread to the units in storage and a construction tenants heavy equipment. The head of the fire was now threatening the next residence in its path and we set up Pumper2 in the neighbors driveway and attacked the wildfire to again prevent spread to the residence. We continued to attack the edge of the wildfire and put out hot spots until 3 Water Bombers arrived and Initial Attack crews were on scene. As they continued there assault on the Wildfire we collected our gear and hose lines and left our cache of Forestry equipment on scene ( we are equipped by the Fire center with a ready table) for scenarios just like this.
Our involvement ended there. We are on alert should the fire move towards built up areas and then “Values Protection” would be the call. We would ask Mutual Aid for manpower to erect sprinklers on structures and begin soaking buildings and properties to raise the humidity and protect from fire spread. “
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