Amherstburg Fire Department gets donation for new vests

 

The Amherstburg Fire Department received a $1,000 donation to help with the purchase of new vests for firefighters at the two rural stations. Firefighter Jason Durocher (centre), the full-time firefighter at Station 2, shows a vest while accepting the cheque from Pioneer’s Chris Robson (left) and Josh Mailloux (right).

The Amherstburg Fire Department received a $1,000 donation to help with the purchase of new vests for firefighters at the two rural stations. Firefighter Jason Durocher (centre), the full-time firefighter at Station 2, shows a vest while accepting the cheque from Pioneer’s Chris Robson (left) and Josh Mailloux (right).

By Ron Giofu

 

Amherstburg firefighters in the rural areas of town will have greater visibility thanks to a donation from Pioneer.

Pioneer donated $1,000 to the Amherstburg Fire Department Jan. 22 under a program designed to distribute money to communities with fire departments being a particular focus. The money will be used to purchase 40 reflective vests for firefighters at Station 2 (Anderdon) and Station 3 (Malden).

The donation was made by Josh Mailloux and Chris Robson of Pioneer.

“I’m a sales rep for Amherstburg and Harrow and a volunteer on the department,” said Mailloux. “It’s a good fit.”

Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ouellette said firefighters with Stations 2 and 3 have had several incidents with traffic issues and “near misses” while attending calls in the rural areas.

“We’ve had one guy hit and thrown in a ditch, doors on the trucks hit and several close calls,” said Ouellette. “With this kind of support and allowing us to get vests, it promotes safety within the department.”

The firefighters at the two rural stations will store the vests in their vehicles. Ouellette said firefighters at Station 1 have vests stored on the trucks.

Firefighters in the rural areas deal with a lot of automobile accidents, Ouellette added, with many resulting from drivers operating their vehicles at a higher rate of speed as compared to vehicles in town.

The fire department is appreciative of the donation, Ouellette added, emphasizing the vests increase safety within the firefighters.

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