When the Pouce Coupe fire department was on the scene of a recent fire at an Encana well site on 211 Rd south of the village, the squad sustained equipment damage.
Thanks to their efforts — along with other local fire departments — the fire was put out, but not without cost to village firefighters.
“Unfortunately, once the work was done and the fire was out, the village fire department had sustained damage to some of our gear, which rendered the gear unusable,” said Mayor Lorraine Michetti.
As a token of their appreciation, Encana lit the match and covered the bill — $23,797.20.
Encana Senior Community Relations Advisor Brian Lieverse came to Pouce fire hall on July 3 to thank the firefighters in person.
“I want to thank everyone in the Pouce Coupe fire department,” he told the firefighters. “I know that’s not typically a location where you would be expecting to go fight a fire, but I think your effort showed greatly of your training and your abilities as a volunteer fire department, and we’re very thankful you showed up that night because we ended up dealing with what was basically a large vehicle fire and it didn’t expand to anything worse than that,” he said.
“We’re very happy to make this donation back to the fire department so you can continue to serve your residents and also the industry in the area.”
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