Area firefighters trained with Breathing Apparatus

Ken Alexander's regular correspondence for the 100 Mile Free Press

Twenty members of the South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department (SGLVFD) had their Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) facepieces tested for proper fitting and practised the procedure for turning off a gas meter on March 18.

The SCBA is used when firefighters encounter atmospheres hazardous to their health or must wear before entering any unknown atmosphere – oxygen deficient and/or “immediate danger to life and health” environment.

Training officer Del Westfall conducted the testing, which must be done once every year.

“We checked to make sure all the face pieces fit without leaking, so there’s no chance of any hazardous material getting into the mask.

“I sprayed some test smoke, which will make you cough if it gets in your mask, all around the mask, and if it doesn’t leak in then you’re good to go.”

Training officer Dave Plenert conducted the gas meter turn-off procedures, which involves two members spraying water, for disbursing gas vapours so another firefighter can safely shut off a leaking gas service or propane tank.

It’s so we can keep our people safe – while the gas is not on fire but the vapour is accumulating – by eliminating ignition sources by shutting off the gas at the source.”


Auxiliary news

The SGLVFD Auxiliary members made 717 pies for the annual garage and pie sale at Fred Potter Memorial Fire Hall (546 Green Lake South Rd.) on May 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be apple, blueberry, cherry, apple blueberry and strawberry rhubarb pies available for $8 apiece.

There will be a lot of treasures at the garage sale again this year, and hotdogs, water and pop will be available for purchase.

Home wildfire sprinkler protection systems will also be on display and available for purchase.

Donations for the garage sale would be greatly appreciated and anyone needing a donations pickup can call Roger Graham at 250-456-7755.



Pam and Larry Messaros are ecstatic about the arrival of their grandson Dominic Oliver Michael Potocki.

Nick and Samantha Potocki and big sister, Jessica, are pleased with the new addition to the family. Dominic weighed eight pounds and was 20 inches long when he arrived on March 18.