Amherstburg Fire Department

Texas Road fire causes approximately $100,000 damage

 

A Saturday morning fire on Texas Road has caused about $100,000 in damage, according to the Amherstburg Fire Department.

Fire crews were called to the home in the 300 block of Texas Road shortly before 10:30 a.m. Amherstburg fire stations 1 and 2 attended the call, which saw the fire be in the basement of the home.

The Amherstburg Fire Department reported via Twitter that all residents of the home were outside upon arrival of firefighters. The fire was knocked down and crews checked for fire extension.

Firefighters reportedly packed up and left the scene about two hours later. By early Saturday afternoon, the Amherstburg Fire Department stated their investigation showed that use of an electric heat gun that was thawing a frozen pipe in the basement was the cause of the fire.

There were no injuries, the fire department added.

Amherstburg stuffs fire trucks with toys for Christmas

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

For five years, Amherstburg Fire and Rescue employees have been helping families in need within their community by collecting toys for children and families for the holiday season.

Amherstburg Fire and Rescue employees went out into the community to gather toys from their multiple drop off locations Dec. 20. One of their stops was at General Amherst High School, where students came together to collect piles of toys to donate to the cause.

“It’s awesome, the generosity of the people of Amherstburg is just amazing,” said Mark Stock, firefighter with the Amherstburg Fire and Rescue and coordinator of the toy drive. “We have an abundance of toys, every year people come out and make us proud to be Amherstburg residents.”

This year, their drop off centers at Movati Fitness Club, Amherstburg Home Health, Canadian Tire, General Amherst High School and Joe Meloche Ford brought in hundreds of toys, which were them given to Goodfellows to distribute to families along with their food baskets Dec. 20.

Amherstburg Fire and Rescue employees went out into the community to gather toys from their multiple drop off locations Dec. 20. One of their stops was at General Amherst High School, where students came together to collect piles of toys to donate to the cause.

“Some of them I deliver myself because some of the families aren’t able to drive to pick them up so I get to play Santa and go and deliver several of the packages on Wednesday or Thursday,” said Stock. “It’s awesome, some of the families are in tears with joy, it’s just an amazing feeling to help people out. We look forward to people helping every year and it shows how much people care about others.”

Amherstburg Fire Department trying new method to save money on resources

By Ron Giofu

 

Though the Amherstburg Fire Department will continue with tiered response for medical calls in conjunction with Essex-Windsor EMS, expect to see fewer firefighters respond to calls.

Fire chief Bruce Montone said they are looking to change the way they do business with regards to attendance at low priority calls, noting that upwards of 13 firefighters attend calls. Pointing out the expense to do that, Montone said they are going to cut back on those numbers.

Montone stated that, upon review of the data from thus far in 2017, there aren’t as many calls where firefighters make a large difference versus the amount they actually go out on. He said, as of the Dec. 11 town council meeting, that they responded to 61 medical calls.

“When we further looked into the detail, only 14 of those calls would be ordinarily, under all of the other criteria of the agreement, would we have responded and made a difference,” he said.

Firefighters will be broken up into squads with the squads going out on a rotating basis. Alarm calls with no significant injuries and car crashes where the main duty of firefighters would be to control fluid spills would also see a reduced number of firefighters respond.

Fire chief Bruce Montone

In his report to town council, Montone stated: “Each fire station has assigned 20 volunteer firefighters including officers. It is suggested that each station organize into two groups or squads lead by a volunteer captain and made up of roughly equal numbers of firefighters (nine and ten) plus the responsible district chief attached to both groups which would be called on a rotating basis for those calls not requiring large amounts of resources.”

The chief added that currently a station of 20 firefighters on average has 13 firefighters initially for a 60 per cent turnout rate.

“It is estimated that for those calls and utilizing squads, assuming the same 60 per cent turnout rate from calling a squad of nine or ten, we would see five or six firefighters attend/respond to calls not requiring large amounts of resources,

reducing our costs by approximately half for applicable calls,” Montone also reported.

Montone said in his report that, as of Oct. 17, the cost of responding to medical calls has been $71,530 for the Amherstburg Fire Department. He envisions a cost savings of 40-50 per cent under the new plan.

Person pulled from water off of Boblo Island

The Amherstburg Fire Department is reporting that a person was rescued from the water off of Boblo Island.

The person, identified by a male likely in his early 30’s, was pulled from the water near the Boblo Island restaurant. The Amherstburg Police Service and Essex-Windsor EMS also attended.

The person was conscious, said the fire department, and transported to hospital.

The fire department was reported to be on scene shortly before 12:30 p.m.

A local passerby was out walking their dog when they heard the man’s cry for help. The passerby called 911 and the man was removed from the water.

Amherstburg police state that upon arrival, the victim was in the water being held by another person. Police believe he was fishing in the area of the marina when he went into the water. As of 2:45 p.m., the man was described as being in stable condition.

Amherstburg police remind people to be careful around water as the ice isn’t thick yet and people can still be in danger if they aren’t cautious.

Local firefighters trying to restore antique fire truck

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A group of current and former Amherstburg firefighters are working to try and restore an old fire truck and are hoping for donations.

The non-profit organization known as the Malden Firefighters Association consists of active and non-active members of the Amherstburg Fire Department and board member Nick D’Amore said they were established Jan. 1, 2017.

The group’s goal is to “give back to the community by volunteering our time and effort in preserving a piece of the town’s past.”

The former Malden Fire Department truck that a group of local firefighters are trying to restore is pictured in this old photo. It was in service from 1946-63. (Submitted photo)

D’Amore – who serves on the Malden Firefighters Association board with Dave Varney, Kristi Meloche and Andrew Argoselo – said they located a 1946 Ford 1800E fire truck that was in service at the Malden fire hall from 1946-63. That fire hall is now known as Amherstburg fire station #3.

“We’ve accepted donations and raised money through various fundraisers,” explained D’Amore. “Our goal is $50,000.”

The association believes “this important piece of history would be an asset to the town of Amherstburg as it is a vital piece of the past in carrying out the heritage of a beautiful, historic town.” D’Amore indicated the plan is to use the truck on special occasions and ceremonies.

The Malden Fire Truck that the Malden Firefighters Association is attempting to restore was displayed during the Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade Nov. 25.

While there is still work to be done on the fire truck, it was on a trailer and towed as part of the Nov. 25 Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade. The hope is to eventually house the truck in a restored Malden fire hall that is currently on the grounds of the Malden Community and Cultural Centre. The former fire hall used to be on the land, which is now occupied by Ure’s Country Kitchen.

Donations can be made online at www.gofundme.com/restoration-project-unit-146 or by contacting the Malden Firefighters Association at maldenfirefightersassociation@gmail.com.