Boissevain-Morton Fire Chief Martin Paradis says 2018 was a busy year for his department.
Paradis says calls were up from previous years. “No question the year was busy and we had 42 calls and that’s the highest number we’ve seen in the past five years so calls have definitely been up in the past few years.”
Paradis blames the dry summer in 2018 for the increased number of calls. He said the number of calls to grass fires was up significantly in 2018.
“We had four structure fires where damaged ranged from minor to a complete loss.”
Boissevain-Morton has a full compliment of firefighters with 21 on the roster. 2018 also saw the fund raising conclude and the purchase of a new set of Jaws of Life and Paradis says everything has been purchased and is on site and in use.
Looking forward Martin Paradis says they are starting to plan for a new rescue van which he says is needed. “The van we have now the box is starting to rust out pretty good now and it looks like it will need to be replaced very soon.”
He says the purchase is still a few years away and the fire department is in the planning stage to replace it and they will finalize some numbers and then head to the local municipal council with a proposal.
“Depending what you get in a rescue van they can cost anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000.”