Grass/brush fire update

Grass/brush fire update

May 11, 2018

WFPS Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone) program to take flight

Released: 10:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – This June, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service will launch its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program, which will allow for safer, quicker, and more efficient response to a variety of emergency situations.

Equipped with a thermal imaging camera, the unmanned aerial vehicle, otherwise known as a drone, can assist first responders in locating individuals and fire hot spots. It will also be able to identify potential structural issues. Incident commanders on scene will be able to view what the drone sees in real-time and deploy resources more effectively to the emergency.

“This program is just one more way the City of Winnipeg is using technology to improve the quality of life for people living and working here,” said Councillor Cindy Gilroy, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation. “This technology will assist our first responders to provide essential services to residents.”

The drone can be used in a variety of scenarios including water rescues, hazardous materials response, fire scene safety assessments and reconnaissance as well as wildland fire monitoring. It can also be used in post incident analysis and investigation.

“With the drone’s help, fire crews will have a better understanding of the emergency situation and any potential dangers,” said Scott Wilkinson, Senior Academy Officer with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. “With a more targeted response, the drone will also help reduce damage and improve operational efficiencies.”

Funding for the approximately $44,037 program comes from the Innovation Capital Fund. Crews are currently training four pilots per shift. When the program launches in June, the drone will be available 24/7, and can be operated in cold weather conditions up to -20 °C, and in wind speeds of up to 40 km/h.

For more information see the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service drone pilot project.

2018 property tax bills issued today

Released: 12:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, approximately 231,000 property tax bills are being mailed. The deadline for paying this year’s property taxes is Friday, June 29, 2018.

Property owners are reminded of the following ways to pay property taxes:

  • Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP)
  • In-person at your financial institution
  • Telephone or internet banking (please allow 3-5 days for your financial institution to process your payment)
  • By courier
  • In person at one of three locations:
    • Susan A Thompson Building, City Hall, 510 Main St.
    • Assessment & Taxation, Main Floor, 457 Main St.
    • Bilingual Service Centre, 170 Goulet St.
  • After hours drop off at 510 Main Street, mail drop box at the James Avenue entrance, nearest to King Street

Residents are reminded that the City does not offer the option of paying taxes using a credit card. However, this payment option is available online through a third-party service provider. For more information regarding paying your property taxes with a credit card, visit City of Winnipeg – Assessment and Taxation Payment Methods.

For information regarding your 2018 property taxes, please visit City of Winnipeg – Assessment and Taxation or contact 311.

Grass/brush fire update

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service not issuing consumer fireworks permits in light of tinder dry conditions

Released: 1:25 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) crews responded to a couple grass/brush fire incidents on Thursday, May 10, including:

Mission Street
At approximately 14:57, WFPS crews responded to a grass fire in a ditch in the 800 block of Mission Street. Minor damage to a hydro pole was reported, no evacuations required, no injuries reported, and the cause is under investigation.

Rillwood Place
At approximately 21:56, WFPS crews responded to a brush fire in the area of Rillwood Place. No damage reported, no evacuations required, no injuries reported, and the cause is under investigation.

Residents are reminded that all open-air fires are temporarily prohibited due to the extreme dry weather conditions in the Winnipeg area which increases the risk of dangerous fires, such as grass, brush, and wildfires. In addition, WFPS is not issuing consumer fireworks permits. These measures will be lifted when environmental conditions improve.

“We typically see a number of consumer fireworks permit applications leading up to long weekends. However, in light of the tinder dry conditions, we are not issuing consumer fireworks permits at this time,” said Mark Reshaur, Assistant Chief with WFPS. “Setting off fireworks in such dry conditions elevates the risk of dangerous grass and brush fires, which is why we’ve taken this measure.”

From January 1 to May 10, 2018, WFPS responded to 57 grass/brush fires. In 2017, WFPS responded to a total of 85 grass/brush fires for the year.

WFPS and WPS encourage all residents to be safe and also active in reporting suspicious or irresponsible behaviour by phoning 911. Do not approach active fire incidents – it is dangerous to do so, and you put yourself at great risk as conditions can rapidly change.

Published at Fri, 11 May 2018 15:25:00 -0400