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HayRiverredept.workinghardoutofnewdigsDualambulancerehalldiminishesresponsetimesincreasesefciency16TuesdayOctober72014FIREPREVENTIONWEEK2014ByDALICARMICHAELForaslongasHayRiversrechiefRossPottercanrememberthedepartmenthastraineditscrewtodealwithbothreandemergencyservicesbutuntilthenew6.1-mil-lionrehallwasbuiltresourceswerescat-teredthroughouttowncreatinganinefcientemergencyresponsesystem.SincemovingintothefacilityinJanuaryandhavingalltheirequipmentstoredunderoneroofthe37-yearveteransaidthecrewisincreasingitsefciencyandcuttingdownarrivaltimestoemergencysites-afactorthatcanmeanthedifferencebetweenlifeanddeath.AtonetimewehadtorespondwithanambulancetoahighwayaccidentandthenwehadtogoallthewayouttoOldTowntogetourrescuetrucktofollowtheambulancesothetwowereneverarrivingonsceneatthesametimePottersaid.Nowwhenwerespondthetrucksrollatthesametimesoyouvegoteffectiveextricationgoingonassoonasyouarriveon-sceneplusmedi-calhelphappening.Thisisespeciallyimportantfortheteamtoconsiderasitprovidesgroundambulancehighwayrescueservicesalongan800-kmstretchofroad.Thenewfacilityhashelpedthehard-work-ingteaminotherways.Forexampleanew50-foottalltowerallowsreghterstoef-fectivelydrytheirhosesafterusewhilepro-vidinganindoorspaceformembertraining.ItgivesusanopportunitytopracticeourverticalrescueandthatkindofstuffinthewintertimePottersaid.Weusedtodoitatthetrainingfacility.Workingrollupsat-40Cisntreallyconducivetoaffectingreallyposi-tivetrainingwhereasnowwecantieoffinsidethetowerandrepelorwhateverweneedtodotomaintaintheverticalrescueskills.Currentlythereareabout30membersonthecrew20percentofwhomarewomen.Overalltheyhaveoneofthehighesten-rollmentsintheterritory.WehaventhadanychallengessofarwevealwayshadenoughpeopletotakebothrolesonPottersaidthoughitsprobablyalittlebitharderontheguysbe-causetheyaredoingthatmanymorere-sponsessotheresalwaysthepossibilityofhavingabitmoreburnoutthanthereisifitwasjustasinglerole.Withits10emergencyvehiclesinclud-ingthreewaterpumpersonetankertwoambulancesandamasscasualtytrailertheHayRiverfiredepartmentiswellstockedtotakeonalmostanyemergencythatarisesintownandaroundthearea.Betweenfireandambulancetrainingweeklymeetingscommunitydemonstra-tionsrecruitinginitiativesandofcourseemergencycallsmembersofHayRiversfiredepartmenthaveaccruedatotalof3576hourssinceJanuaryequivalentto149fulldaysofworkallonavolunteerbasis.Probablyabout75percentofourmem-bersareEMRemergencymedicalre-spondersandwefinditworksreallywellforourdepartmentRosssaid.ThecrewisoneofthreeoutfitsincludingYellow-knifeandFortSimpsonthatoperatethiswayintheNWT.Itwouldbeveryquietifallwehadtodealwithwasfires.Wefindthathav-ingtheambulanceworkingbothwehaveenoughcallswherewerestayingcurrentandtheguysstayinterestedbecausetheyhavelotstodo.HayRiverrechiefRossPottersaysthatsincemovingintotheirbrandnewhallinJanuaryhiscrewhasbecomemoreefcientintheirresponsestoemergencies.PhotoScottClouthierFIREPREVENTIONWEEKWORKINGSMOKEALARMSSAVELIVESTESTYOURDETECTORSMONTHLYTHEHAYRIVERFIREDEPARTMENTwillbeconductingschoolvisitstotalkaboutfirepreventionsmokealarmsescaperoutesandmore.