Hello, Cody Phinney back for another update from the Kindersley Fire Brigade.
The first weekend of the New Year saw many of our members undergoing Critical Incident Stress Management (C.I.S.M.) training. Mental health awareness is important for everyone and should never be overlooked or ignored. The C.I.S.M. training gives our members tools and resources to help them recognize signs of distress and trauma in themselves and their peers, as well as the steps and strategies to deal with those issues in a healthy way. The weekend saw 22 members in training, with a second course planned for March.
Our regular scheduled training has picked back up from the holiday break. Every Monday our members train for two to three hours. Regular training helps keep our skills sharp and up to date. The last two weeks of training have involved skills in ropes, knots, hoisting techniques, and ladders. Members will be evaluated on these and other skills as part of their NFPA 1001 Professional Firefighter certification in the spring.
The warm weather we have been having has also brought some humidity and fog. The ice fogs can lead to dangerous driving conditions. Its important to drive to road conditions, which can mean driving under the posted speed limit. Turning on vehicle running lights increases your visibility to other drivers traveling in both directions, and turning on your hazard lights if you are driving under the speed limit can alert other drivers to that fact. Increasing you visibility can help yourself and other drivers from getting into an accident in the fog.