Apr 2, 2007
WINNIPEG, April 2 /CNW/ - Today The Co-operators presented the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) Station 12 with a state-of-the-art Bullard T4 thermal imaging device as part of the department's measures to continually modernize its equipment and increase citizen and firefighter safety. As fire services everywhere seek to integrate new technologies into their firefighting strategies, this revolutionary tool will be increasingly used to protect the public. The thermal imaging camera, as it is usually called, helps firefighters identify pockets of intense heat in burning buildings - be it heat from fire, electrical current, or the heat signature of individuals or animals. "The use of thermal imaging cameras greatly enhances our ability to identify sources of heat, and to perform our fire suppression and search and rescue operations," said Acting Fire and Paramedic Chief Jim Brennan. "The use of this technology on the front lines helps us to better protect the citizens of Winnipeg. We are very grateful for this most generous donation by The Co-operators." With the assistance of Co-operators agents Terry Newman, Don Forsyth, Joan Temple, Barb McEachern and Larry Billows, as well as funding from The Co-operators district and corporate offices, resources were made available to WFPS to purchase the thermal imaging device. As The Co-operators District Manager Reg Howard explains, "Winnipeg's firefighters have made enormous sacrifices for the people of this city. They keep us safe every day, and now we're helping to keep them safe. It's a good day for Winnipeg." Staying Alive Inc., a fire safety program started by Winnipeg firefighter Shane Ferguson, also contributed to the purchase of this sophisticated device, which revolutionizes the way fires are fought both in other jurisdictions and in Winnipeg itself. The presentation of this new thermal imaging camera adds to those already in use by WFPS. About WFPS: WFPS is responsible for providing fire suppression services and fire prevention programs, for handling hazardous materials incidents, and for the evacuation of people when necessary. WFPS is also responsible for pre-hospital emergency paramedical care and transport of sick and injured people in Winnipeg, and provides specialized rescue services such as water and trench rescue, extrication for vehicle and industrial accidents, and high angle rescue. The Service is also responsible for enforcing the Manitoba Fire Code within the city of Winnipeg. About The Co-operators: Based in Guelph, Ontario, The Co-operators is a group of Canadian companies offering home, auto, life, group, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products and property development. With assets of more than $6.5 billion, The Co-operators is owned by a group of Canadian co-operatives, credit unions and like-minded organizations. It is well known for its community involvement, and is listed among the 50 Best Employers in Canada.
For further information: Leonard Sharman, The Co-operators, 1-877-795-7272, ext. 2707; City of Winnipeg Media Inquiry Line, (204) 986-6000