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This crop-duster is a dual-purpose firefighting machine.

Birtle crop-dusters add firefighting to their profile

First-of-its-kind multi-purpose plane that can battle blazes ready for take off

A Birtle-area crop-duster is getting into the firefighting business. Randy and Janet Sandstrom have expanded their crop-dusting business to now offer aerial firefighting assistance to local fire departments. They are the proud owners of a serial No. 1 from Thrush Aircraft, a single cockpit plane with a switchback fire gate, the first-of-its-kind, multi-purpose aircraft capable

Training allows owners of large animals to “participate in the effort instead of being marginalized,” says Rebecca Gimenez.

Do you know what to do when faced with a livestock emergency?

It’s all about making it real and keeping rescue efforts simple, 
American expert says of upcoming Olds workshop

When a truck carrying livestock flips, or there’s a need to rescue horses or cattle during a flood, most people don’t know what to do. That’s where Rebecca Gimenez comes in. Gimenez, who hails from Macon, Georgia, will be teaching a workshop on animal rescue and emergency preparedness in Olds on June 25 and 26.


Firefighters responding to more diverse calls than ever before

It was the kind of heavy-handed knock on the door no one wants to hear, that told Donna Stewart a forest fire was closing in on her home. “I was terrified,” said the 65-year-old retiree, one of more than a dozen people evacuated after fire threatened the community of Badger this May. “By the time

Fire, Smoke Issue Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Extremely dry weather, high winds and above-average temperatures have put a damper on crop residue burning, while a wildfire had some producers on evacuation standby over the holiday weekend. I was ready to call in Emergency Measures, it was that close, said Victor Baraniuk, reeve of the rural municipality of Clanwilliam. But we were lucky,

Take time for fire prevention

When Manitobans change their clocks to standard time on Sunday, Nov. 2, it’s also the ideal time to test smoke, carbon monoxide and other battery-powered alarms, change alarm batteries and practise residential fire escape plans, the provincial fire commissioner’s office says. Manitoba has recorded 12 preventable fire deaths so far in 2008. The Office of