To help educate Chatham-Kent residents on the proper use of a fire extinguisher, Enbridge Inc. teamed up with the C-K Fire Department Sept. 5.
Enbridge handed over a cheque for more than $10,500 to cover the purchase of a Bull Ex fire control system. The unit, which will be housed at the Thamesville fire hall, helps train people on how to “sweep” away a fire, according to new C-K Fire Chief Ken Stuebing.
“This really lets people learn how to discharge a fire extinguisher, whether it’s water, foam or dry chemical,” he said. “You approach upwind, so the flames don’t flare at you, and use a sweeping motion to try to sweep the flames off the fire – to remove the fire from the fuel.”
Enbridge’s Glenn Anderson said his company is committed to supporting first responders.
“We give grants throughout North America,” he said. “We believe it is essential to be involved in the Chatham-Kent community. It’s nice to be a good neighbour.”
In 2012, Enbridge also donated $10,000 to the fire service. That money, Anderson said, went towards the emergency training centre trailer.
Rick Arnel, assistant chief in charge of operations, appreciates the corporate help.
“Enbridge is a fantastic sponsor to our service. This helps us get that fire safety message out there,” he said.
This is the second Bull Ex system for the CKFD. The first unit is in Chatham.