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Local 803 would like to congratulate Senior Pump Operator Mike Ketcheson and Captain Holder on their retirement from the...
12/28/2020

Local 803 would like to congratulate Senior Pump Operator Mike Ketcheson and Captain Holder on their retirement from the Brandon Fire and Emergency Services.
Brother Holder and Brother Ketcheson have over 70 years of combined time, serving the citizens of Brandon.
Well deserved retirement and we thankyou for this service!

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12/24/2020

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On Wednesday evening, Brandon Firefighter Paramedics along with Brandon Police Service responded to the McKenzie Seeds building in the 000 block of 9th Street for a possible fire.

When emergency services arrived, heavy smoke could be seen coming from the 3rd floor of the building. Brandon Fire's Quint ladder was utilized to gain access onto the roof of a connected structure to the south of the main McKenzie Seeds building, which gave firefighters access to the fire floor of McKenzie Seeds.

Firefighters broke a window on the east side of the building to help ventilate the smoke from the structure. Extremely cold temperatures caused the large-diameter hose line that was connected to the Quint to partially freeze up.

Fire crews got a full knockdown on the fire within an hour or so. No word on a possible cause of the fire.

The Face of a FiremanA Rookie’s face, so young and flawless, new and unharmed, Eyes that show strength and dedication to...
12/12/2020

The Face of a Fireman

A Rookie’s face, so young and flawless, new and unharmed, Eyes that show strength and dedication to enter a world unknown. No idea yet of what he will endure or see, but within him there’s a passion to follow his dream to be one of the few who are called to help those in need. A mind so fresh and unused, he looks to his brothers and sisters for the knowledge and guidance that will help him become the other half of the face.

A Chief’s face, so powerful and strong, showing signs he has lived through it all. The wrinkles he carries speak of many sleepless nights, responding to those who were fighting for their life. In his eyes, the tragedies he has seen that cannot be undone are with him forever as time still moves on. Even through all the scars of time, there are the moments he truly breathed life. It was the moments when he saved or just consoled someone, the times he made a child smile that looked to him as a hero, or the pranks and laughter he shared with those on the job. He made a difference, he did his time, he served the public and conveyed his wisdom and knowledge to those next in line.
From a Rookie to a Chief and the stories between, you’re left with a face of a fireman who lived out his dream!

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Congratulations to Captain Bob Smit on his retirement and last night shift.Brother Smit was employed with the City of Br...
12/05/2020

Congratulations to Captain Bob Smit on his retirement and last night shift.
Brother Smit was employed with the City of Brandon and a proud Member of IAFF Local 803 for 31.5 years.

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12/05/2020

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An intense and frightening t-bone crash happened between a garbage truck and a small SUV on Friday afternoon.

Brandon Firefighter Paramedics along with Brandon Police Service responded to 17th St. East and Victoria Ave East for the two vehicle collision. A garbage truck had t-boned a small SUV which sent both vehicles crashing up onto the curb median of Victoria Ave East.

A large fluid spill accumulated from both vehicles which prompted the need for a City of Brandon loader to respond to the scene with a bucket of sand. On duty BFES Fire Captain Shayne Collister said just the two drivers were involved, and that the driver of the SUV was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Brandon Police's traffic division was on scene conducting an investigation.

Brandon Firefighter/Paramedics will continue to support staff and residents at Fairview Home. We want to express our con...
11/30/2020

Brandon Firefighter/Paramedics will continue to support staff and residents at Fairview Home. We want to express our condolences to the families and friends who have lost loved ones due to Covid 19.
Thankyou to the added staff being deployed from Praire Mountain Health and to the Paramedics from surrounding communities.

It is a very stressful situation and not being able to visit or see your mother or father is heartbreaking. The staff at Fairview are amazing and the personal attention they provide to every resident is over the top and heartwarming to see.
Words can't express how you feel, but we want you to know that your family members are not alone and are in good hands!

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Brandon Firefighter Paramedics are working as part of an emergency response team to support staff and patients with the ...
11/22/2020

Brandon Firefighter Paramedics are working as part of an emergency response team to support staff and patients with the Covid outbreak in Fairview PCH. This emergency response initiated by the province is to prevent the spread of Covid 19 and unnecessary transport of family members to the hospital. This team will assist with I.V fluids, drug administration and treatment within the personal care home.

We want families to know your loved ones are in good hands and we will continue to serve the public through these difficult and unprecedented times.

11/22/2020
11/07/2020
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11/02/2020

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Taxi Smashes into Building

Before noon on Monday, Brandon Firefighter Paramedics and Brandon Police responded to the intersection of 10th Street and Princess Ave for a two-vehicle crash.

A taxi and a minivan collided, which sent the taxi careening out of control and off the road. The taxi took out a set of hand rails as it rammed up the concrete steps of the old Westoba building, eventually smashing into the wall of the building.

This intersection was the scene of another dramatic crash 3 years ago where a stolen car was crashed into a city bus, which sent the bus careening into a building on the north-west corner of the intersection.

No word on injuries. Brandon Police Forensic Identification was on scene taking photographs.

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11/01/2020

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Earlier today, Brandon Firefighter Paramedics responded to the Circle K convenience store on the corner of 1st Street and Park Ave for reports of smoke coming from the ceiling.

There was a small amount of smoke coming from the ceiling on the inside of the building upon arrival of fire crews. A ladder was thrown on the west side of the building, and crews went to the roof to investigate a fan system.

After determining there was no fire, crews were able to clear.

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10/27/2020

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Yesterday I got the pleasure to photograph a piece of Brandon's history. This 1975 Ford-C8000 Thibault 100' aerial was put into service with the "Brandon Fire Department" (now Brandon Fire and Emergency Services) back in 1975. It served the citizens of Brandon throughout the 70s, 80s, and into the 90s.

In 1987 BFD acquired a 1987 Mack Thibault 100' platform aerial. I believe they also had this 1975 Ford still in service as well, which means BFD was running two aerials at once in the 90s.

After being used by the Brandon Fire Department, the truck was sold to the Manitoba Emergency Services College in Brandon to be used as a training apparatus for their programs. Recently this truck was put up for auction, and sold to a buyer north of Carberry.

This truck will continue to see use around the farm for various 'high-angle' tasks. It appears to be in remarkable shape for such an old piece of equipment, and appears to have been well taken care of. Very neat to see, and thankful I got to photograph this truck.

If you have any stories or memories involving this truck please leave a comment, I’d love to hear them!

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10/25/2020

Fire Department Chronicles

I think this might be the greatest invention ever.
Especially with some Fire Dept. Coffee

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10/21/2020
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Thanks Liam.
Maybe we can find you a radio!!

Soon, Manitoba's radio frequencies are going dark... the entire province will be encrypted.

For over 3 years, I've been using a radio scanner to listen in on fire calls. This has allowed me to get to emergency scenes quickly and get action shots that would have otherwise been impossible without the use of a scanner. News outlets across the province have also used radio scanners to report on the local emergency events in their communities.

With the introduction of this new province-wide radio system all emergency frequencies will soon be encrypted. My passion and hobby for capturing my city's emergency services in action, and showcasing the work that they do will be nearly impossible to do now. Without a scanner, my ability to get to a call to document what is happening in a timely manner will be virtually unfeasible.

It is a very disappointing realization that something I worked hard at for many years and had a strong passion for will be a lot less possible going forward. This won't be the end of my hobby, but my ability to get to scenes will be greatly reduced.

I want to thank all of YOU for your interest in my passion and hobby these past few years. Seeing the support I got on my 'breaking news' type posts about happenings within Brandon was really neat, and it brought me a lot of joy to be able to document these events and share them with you.

Finally, I'd like to thank the first responders of Brandon. It has been an honor and a pleasure to showcase the incredible work that you do within our community. The countless smiles, thumbs up, and friendly chats I've had with all of you were literal highlights of my days.

This video below is a small compilation of some meaningful photos I've taken. Every single one of these photos were made possible because of the scanner. I undoubtedly left out many other important shots/people, but for the sake of not making a 7 hour long video, I hope you enjoy this snapshot into the past 3 years.

Cheers,

Liam

Music: Yellow Eyes by Rayland Baxter ~ Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dttKjLpGkwE

10/20/2020
Liam Pattison Photography

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Soon, Manitoba's radio frequencies are going dark... the entire province will be encrypted.

For over 3 years, I've been using a radio scanner to listen in on fire calls. This has allowed me to get to emergency scenes quickly and get action shots that would have otherwise been impossible without the use of a scanner. News outlets across the province have also used radio scanners to report on the local emergency events in their communities.

With the introduction of this new province-wide radio system all emergency frequencies will soon be encrypted. My passion and hobby for capturing my city's emergency services in action, and showcasing the work that they do will be nearly impossible to do now. Without a scanner, my ability to get to a call to document what is happening in a timely manner will be virtually unfeasible.

It is a very disappointing realization that something I worked hard at for many years and had a strong passion for will be a lot less possible going forward. This won't be the end of my hobby, but my ability to get to scenes will be greatly reduced.

I want to thank all of YOU for your interest in my passion and hobby these past few years. Seeing the support I got on my 'breaking news' type posts about happenings within Brandon was really neat, and it brought me a lot of joy to be able to document these events and share them with you.

Finally, I'd like to thank the first responders of Brandon. It has been an honor and a pleasure to showcase the incredible work that you do within our community. The countless smiles, thumbs up, and friendly chats I've had with all of you were literal highlights of my days.

This video below is a small compilation of some meaningful photos I've taken. Every single one of these photos were made possible because of the scanner. I undoubtedly left out many other important shots/people, but for the sake of not making a 7 hour long video, I hope you enjoy this snapshot into the past 3 years.

Cheers,

Liam

Music: Yellow Eyes by Rayland Baxter ~ Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dttKjLpGkwE

10/15/2020
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10/12/2020

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A crash between a pickup truck and a taxi sent two people to hospital on Sunday afternoon.

The t-bone crash happened in the intersection of 6th Street and Rosser Ave. Brandon Firefighter Paramedics along with Brandon Police Service responded to the crash. One person was helped onto a stretcher by firefighter/paramedics and placed in an ambulance.

The taxi's airbags were set off due to the collision, and fluids were leaking from the pickup truck. Firefighter/paramedics deployed sand to help soak up spilt fluids.

Shout out to some of our retirees with IAFF local #803. Remembered as brother and a great group of guys that we spent a ...
10/03/2020

Shout out to some of our retirees with IAFF local #803. Remembered as brother and a great group of guys that we spent a lot of years with!!!

Thanks your your leadership and guidance.

Cheers!

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10/02/2020

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Emergency crews responded to the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 110 (Eastern Access) shortly before 2:00 on Thursday afternoon for a two-vehicle crash involving a rollover.

A pickup truck and an SUV collided in the intersection, which caused the pickup to roll, eventually ending up on its roof. A large amount of debris was strewn across the road as a result of the collision.

A Brandon Fire and Emergency Services Fire Captain confirmed that at least one person had to be extricated by firefighter/paramedics from the overturned truck, and at least one person was transported to hospital by their ambulance.

Brandon Firefighter Paramedics, Blue Hills RCMP, RM of Cornwallis Police and Champion Towing Brandon responded to the scene. BFES Fire Captain said that the scene was left in the care of Blue Hills RCMP, and they continue to investigate.

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09/25/2020

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Earlier this afternoon Brandon Firefighter Paramedics and Brandon Police Service responded to the intersection of 18th Street North and Braecrest Drive for a three-vehicle crash.

Two SUVs and a small hatchback car were involved. Fire crews used extrication tools to open the passenger door on the hatchback car, as it had been heavily damaged by the force of the collision. Firefighters also dispersed sand to help soak up spilled fluids.

Airbags deployed in at least one of the vehicles, and one person was transported to hospital by ambulance. Traffic going north on 18th Street North was reduced to one lane for an extended period of time.

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09/24/2020

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Shortly after 9:00 on Tuesday night Brandon Firefighter Paramedics and police responded to a vehicle fire.

The car was located on a property off of 34th Street North, just south of Highway #1. Upon arrival of emergency crews the car was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire using a mixture of water and foam.

Nobody was injured, and the car is a total loss.

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Fire fighter Fred Brown Brandon Fire Department. On Monday 6th of April 1953, fire fighter Fred Brown and the members of Brandon Fire Department were in the #1 fire hall located on Princess Ave. One can only assume what those firefighters were doing. They could have been doing station duties, like ladder training or lounging in the sitting area of the fire hall on the second floor. One thing everyone will agree with is the junior man was cleaning something that day or covering the alarm room duties. The member who was working the alarm room that afternoon received a call around 13:20 hrs reporting, there was a fire at the Olympia café. The alarm room person would have pushed the red button on the wall in the alarm room to sound the fire bell which is located on the apparatus floor. This would have sounded with three gongs alerting the crew working, there was a fire call. When the members responded from #1 fire hall heading to 10th St and Rosser Ave they found the fire located in the basement of the Olympia café. Fire fighter Fred Brown and a crew of firefighter’s descended to the basement to locate and extinguish the flames. While trying to battle the flames, the conditions worsened, forcing the fire fighters to retreat from the building and regroup on the street. On the street the crew realized Fred Brown did not exit the building and was still in the fire. The crews could not reenter the building to save Brown. The firefighters from BFD continued to battle the blaze, while knowing one of their own was still in the building. When the flames, smoke and heat diminished, members from BFD entered the building to rescue or retrieve one of their brethren. They found fire fighter Fred Brown in the basement of the building, still wearing the World War I era gas mask. He had succumbed to smoke inhalation on this day 6th April 1953, 67years ago. Fred Brown is the only member from the Brandon Emergency Service (formally BFD) to die in the line of duty during a working fire. Maple Ave. located by the current #1 Fire hall, was re named to Fred Brown Way to honour his memory. Doug Wheatland.
Hi everyone, just wanted to take a minute and wish all a very merry Christmas and all the best in the new year. And as always stay safe out there!
Thank you Alex and Brayden for getting me safely into Winnipeg and back last week. You showed great professionalism.
Thank you to all of you who were there on Saturday!! You brightened many kid’s faces showing them the trucks and everything. My son including he really hit off with this particular one right away, thank you for playing soccer with him too. You guys made his entire week this morning he said I better do well in math today the firefighters told me I am going to need it if I want to be like them.
I am From British Columbia and a very close friend of mine is from Brandon now living in BC. I have watched all what they have done with the fire. To All the fire people and paramedics that did an amazing job . I want to say i think all of you should receive a metal for your outstanding work. I wish you all the best and be safe to all.
Was there damage to the Brandon Sun building?
link to the WFPS ambulance transition report: http://clkapps.winnipeg.ca/dmis/ViewPdf.asp?DocID=16973...