First responders urge caution around thin ice conditions on waterways
Released: 8:45 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – As temperatures drop and ice begins to form, Winnipeg first responders remind residents to use extreme caution around all Winnipeg waterways, including drainage ditches, culverts, streams, creeks, retention ponds, and rivers.
Ice surfaces are thin and fragile and falling into ice-cold water can be deadly. Parents and teachers are urged to speak to children and students about the dangers of waterways. Dog owners should keep dogs on leashes around the ice to prevent them from chasing geese onto thin ice.
“Ice is starting to form on the surface of all bodies of water and the ice thickness is completely unpredictable at this time of year,” said Assistant Chief Mark Reshaur, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS). “All residents should stay away from these surfaces and their banks.”
“Staying away from the riverbanks, and off of any thin ice, is the only way to prevent the dire consequences of falling through,” said Patrol Sergeant Jason English, River Patrol Supervisor for the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS). “The WPS considers all frozen bodies of water within the city of Winnipeg to be unsafe for recreational use with the exception of areas that are monitored in accordance with the City’s Frozen Waterways By-Law.”
The public is also reminded that while the WPS River Patrol Unit places “Danger – Thin Ice” signage at specific locations including outfalls, retention ponds and other potentially dangerous areas – ALL ice should be considered unsafe even if warning signage is not present.
Each year, the WFPS responds to approximately 200 water and ice safety calls for service.
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Burnell Street
Released: 9:05 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 2:51 a.m. on November 13, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a vacant two-storey house in the 800 block of Burnell Street.
When crews arrived on scene, they encountered the attached garage, fully engulfed in flames, and heavy smoke coming from the house. An offensive attack was launched but due to uncertain fire conditions, crews transitioned to a defensive attack. Firefighters deployed a Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool – an aerosol device which helps to knock down fires, significantly reduce temperatures and prevent flashovers, allowing safer access. Crews were able to re-enter the structure and the fire was declared under control at 4:00 a.m.
A search of the house was conducted and no occupants were found. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No damage estimates are currently available.
Drivers in the area should exercise caution as the water used to fight the fire covered the road and froze. The City of Winnipeg will be monitoring the area and applying sand and de-icing agents as required.
The WFPS is currently undertaking a pilot project to evaluate the effectiveness of the Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool (FST). When deployed, the FST can reduce temperatures and disrupt fire propagation in a confined space, resulting in safer conditions for occupants and firefighters, as well as reducing water use and overall damage.
The tool is activated manually by pulling a pin which activates an electronic ignition system. An aerosol mist is generated which expands to flood the space and suppress flames within seconds.
Pandora Avenue East from Redonda Street to Ravenhurst Street to be temporarily closed this weekend
Released: 11:01 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Pandora Avenue East in both directions between Redonda Street and Ravenhurst Street will be temporarily closed for sewer work from 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 14 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 15.
Motorists must use alternate routes during this road closure.
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