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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbtidge Herald Local News Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, October 8, 1974 A firefighter never stops learning his job Fire! Within minutes after the alarm goes off, the pumpers and ladder trucks are at the scene and the fire fighters sometimes are asked to put their life on the line to stop the blaze. Then it's over The trucks and men head back to the station But the job isn't completed until all equipment is checked, cleaned, and if need be, repaired. Just what do firemen do between fires? With three stations in Lethbridge, 16 fire department vehicles, an almost endless amount of fire fighting equipment and more than feet of hoses there's plenty to do. At headquarters, Station No. 2, a lone mechanic works to keep all the city's fire department vehicles in top working order. Art Chamberland says he's always busy checking the trucks, "you don't want something to happen on the way to a fire As he checked over the engine on a pumper truck from No. 1 station, Mr. Chamberland said be put in an application to have another mechanic hired but was turned down "I could use two men he said, "but in the meantime I get help from the fellows on shift." At the change of each shift, 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., every piece of equipment is accounted for and checked for condition There is always something needing at least a minimal amount of repair, hoses to be wash- ed and rolled or floors to wash and wax and trucks to be kept clean. When the men aren't do- ing clean-up or maintenance work, there are always practice drills to keep them "on their toes." Outside the tower where hoses are hung to dry, the crews practice the art of rappelling, descending from the top of the tower by use of a rope. When that exercise is completed, a large pit fill- ed with oil behind station No. 2 is ignited and crews practice fighting oil fires. In one practice with the oil fire the crew used two "units" or hoses and put out the blaze in 45 seconds. A second exercise with one unit was timed at one minute flat, with 100 pounds pressure at the nozzle end of the fire hose The crews are also on 24- hour ambulance call, averaging about seven to 10 calls a day. The shifts run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 6 pm to 8 a.m. with the crews working the 10-hour shifts two days, two 14- hour nights and two days off, then, two days, two nights and six days off, averaging out to about 42 hours per week for each man. When a man is hired, acting chief Jim McKenna explained, he starts on the job right away. "The men learn on the job The training is con- tinuous. You could be with the department 10 years, but you're still training all the he said RAPPELLING DOWN A WALL TESTS YOUR NERVE Time to check for fire hazards This week is Fire Prevention Week and the Lethbridge Fire Depart- ment this year is once again involved in a cam- paign to inform people of fire hazards. Fire Prevention Officer Doug Kometz, said it is the job of the fire department to protect the citizens of the city, "sometimes against themselves." "Most people today are too busy, too wrapped up, and in a lot of cases, too complacent to realize how much danger they or their families are Mr. Kometz said. Though he added that people should be aware of the dangers of fire "all year the reason for Fire Prevention Week is to concentrate publicity to help make people recognize hazards and remove them before fire occurs. During this week, open house will be held nightly through Saturday at fire station No. 2 from to p.m. with films, dis- plays and free information pamphlets on fire safety, prevention and emergency evacuation. There will also be dis- plays at the College Mall and at Centre Village Mall along with photo and poster contests. All city schools will have fire drills during the week and fire department of- ficials will he visiting each school to talk with students and distribute home inspection forms and introduce the Junior Chamber of Commerce "Red Dot" campaign. CAPT. LEN BAILEY TAKES EMERGENCY CALL Stories by Michael Rogers Photos by Phil Illingworth ACTING CHIEF JIM McKENNA LIGHTS FIRE PIT FOR PRACTICE SESSION Pages 13-24 City cautious in approach to erosion near Park Royal Sliding banks at the coulee-edge near some 10 Park Royal lots may get city attention, but city council wants to be sure it won't be deemed responsible for the erosion first. A recommendation that the city hire a consulting firm to do soil stabilization tests behind the eight residences and two vacant lots on 20th Avenue S. in Park Royal was tabl- ed by council Monday for a further report from City Solicitor John Hammond. Council had a confidential report from Mr Hammond indicating the property owners had signed release forms relieving the city of any liability, and that it was the opinion of the municipal affairs department that the city could not be held responsible for the eroding banks But Aid. Vera Ferguson said the wording of the report left her uneasy. "I want it very clear that we are not ad- mitting any liability by authorizing this she said. "If it's later proven city is in some way responsible, that's another matter." Council agreed unanimously to table the recommendation for another report from Mr. Hammond who was not at the council meeting. The recommendation was that the city hire the firm of Ripley, Klohn and Leonoff Inter- national Ltd. to do the stability evaluation at an estimated cost of The slippage does not yet pose a serious threat to the homes in the area, said Randy Holfeld, city engineering director. "It will eventually stop on its own, but the question is he said. Urban aspirations have MDs on edge A plea to provincial authorities to prevent cities like Lethbridge from annexing industrial and airport land outside urban boundaries has received the support of 60 Southern Alberta rural coun- cillors. Rehab director resigns The rehabilitation society will be looking at changes in its operations following the resignation Friday of its ex- ecutive director, Society President Tom Chapman said Monday. Mr. Chapman said he will recommend to the board of the society that the board re- tain more control in policy making and operations of the handicapped workshop. He said much of the policy decisions recently have been made by former executive director Jim Henderson. But because the board is representative of the com- munity it must have control over policy decisions, he added. Mr. Henderson, who was hired in June following the fir- ing of the previous workshop director, resigned because of differences with board members, Mr. Chapman said. He said he quit because he felt "there was too much negative feeling from the board members to him per- Mr. Chapman said. "So he resigned for the good of the workshop." Mr. Henderson had en- countered various problems while in Lethbridge, including a walkout of the workshop staff after he fired one staff member. The workshop has since replaced the three staff members who walked out following the initial firing. The board of the society will begin looking for a new direc- tor immediately. The resignation came to the society just as a fund raising drive for a new building closed. The society raised about to 7.000 during the campaign to go towards the construction of a new workshop. At its 40th annual fall convention here Monday, the Foothills Little Bow Municipal Association gave unanimous approval to resolutions from the MD of Willow Creek calling for the provincial government to block applications from urban municipalities to annex land beyond urban boundaries. The resolutions, to go before the annual convention in Ed- monton next month of the provincial association of MDs and counties, oppose a resolution, passed two years ago by the provincial associa- tion of urban municipalities, which seeks government sup- port for such annexations The counter proposal, which drew strong support from the County of Lethbridge, was ex- plained by a Willow Creek councillor: "If the rural people are the ones responsible for services, they should be the taxing authority" and receive tax revenue. County Reeve Dick Papworth agreed. He said the City of Lethbridge is interested in annexing the Lethbridge Research Station as well as Kenyon Field air- port. "In order to get the airport they (City of Lethbridge) want the land between the city and the airport." Reeve Papworth said the county is in a "unique position" because although the city would like to bring the research station inside city limits "there's land in between (Fairview) that the city's not very keen on taking." Ferguson with opinion Aid Tom Ferguson aimed an opinion at his fellow's on council as he bid them farewell Monday night. Aid. Ferguson, the only alderman not seeking re election, warned that a park- ing lot on 13th Street N. between 1st and 5th Avenues is a traffic hazard. "Since parking was banned on the east side of the street, there's two lanes of traffic go- ing by and left turns are a real hazard." be said adding. "I want the traffic committee to get cracking on it" Cards ton bus tips., player hurt A 15 year old Cardston football player is in hospital in satisfactory condition today after the bus in which he and his team mates were riding overturned enroute to Lethbridge Monday night News of the accident was heard during the early football game Monday night at Henderson Park. The second game was cancelled. RCMP said five members of the Cardston St Mary's team were taken to hospital and four were later released. Frank Small Eyes, 15, who suffered a concussion, was kept in St. Michael's hospital for observation. Police said the accident oc- curred about 7 p.m., about nine miles southwest of Lethbridge on the North Lease Road The driver of the bus, Eugene Twigg of Cardston, was not hurt. Magrath farmer honored An award and an honorary life membership highlighted the monthly meeting of the Lethbridge branch of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists Monday at Ericlcsen's Family Restaurant. Dems Raima, first year student at the University of Lethbridge, was given a 1200 scholarship by Akos Pungor, president of toe Lethbridge branch. The donor is anonymous. The scholarship is for out- standing work in the Lethbridge Science Fair and for attaining high scholastic standing in Grade 12. Jim Lore, of Carstairs, Alberta director to the Agricultural Institute of Canada, presented Lalovee Jensen of Magrath with an honorary life membership in the national group of professional, scientific and technical workers. Truck route law tabled City council tabled an amendment to a bylaw design- ed to curb truck traffic in the city for the second time Mon- day after one alderman said the wording of the amendment was too vagae. "If we leave it as open as it is, we're not getting anywhere we'll wind up in the same old said Aid. Vera Ferguson. "Let's give the trackers definite directions where they can and can't go. It could be written out much more simply and she said The tabling motion was assented to with only Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff voting against it. The proposed bylaw amend- ment said tracks had to take the shortest route to and from designated truck routes when on pick ops or deliveries off the truck routes. It would not preclude the use of 5th Avenue N. if a delivery destination was within that zone. Randy Holfeld. city engineering director, told council. But. trucks travelling from the river bottom to the in- dustrial park via 5th Avenue would be in violation of the in- tent of the bylaw in the opi- nion of the city solicitor, because they would be leaving a track route at Stafford Drive and crossing another truck route at 23th Street. Mr. Holfeld said. They would be required to take 3rd Avenue S. or 28th Avenue N., he said. "Do you think truckers would understand that I would like to see a clarifica- tion of it" said AM. Ferguson. Council's decision to table the bylaw amendment again means trucks can still use 5th or 9th Avenue N. without risk- ing a traffic ticket. Charges laid under the bylaw now on the books were thrown oat of coart this summer, a situation die bylaw amendment was supposed to correct ;