Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service update: Henry Avenue Fire


Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service update: Henry Avenue Fire

September 14, 2018


Public and vehicles for hire stakeholders asked to weigh in on safety and accessibility

Released: 9:01 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is asking the public and vehicles for hire stakeholders to provide input on the development of safety and accessibility programs, which would be funded through surcharges.

Stakeholders and the public are asked to take the time to complete the online survey to provide input on consideration for future recommendations to Council on the regulation of Vehicles for Hire and the application of revenue from the accessibility and driver safety surcharges. Survey input will be accepted from September 14 to October 7, 2018.

Accessibility surcharge details:

  • An accessibility surcharge of $0.07 per trip is a fee charged to both personal transportation provider dispatchers and to taxi dispatchers.
  • The Accessibility Surcharge is applicable to a licensed dispatcher if less than 10% of a dispatcher’s fleet is comprised of accessible (wheelchair roll-on) vehicles demonstrated to be in operation each month (in order to qualify, an accessible vehicle must provide accessible service at least one day per week).
  • All revenue from the accessibility surcharge will be used to support a program to improve accessible service within the vehicle for hire industry. The program recommendations will be developed through collecting input from industry stakeholders, the vehicle for hire advisory committee, the general public, and by conducting research to determine best practices and the types of accessibility measures that may be most effective.

Safety surcharge details:

  • A driver safety surcharge of $0.03 per trip is applied to personal transportation providers (vehicles for hire that are not taxis).
  • All revenue raised from this surcharge will be used to support a program to promote safety and security in the vehicle for hire industry.
  • The safety and security program recommendations will be developed through collecting input from industry stakeholders, the vehicle for hire advisory committee, the general public, and by conducting research to determine best practices and the types of safety and security measures that may be most effective.

Consideration of measures for both programs will depend on a number of factors, including stakeholder input, cost, available funds from the surcharge, and feasibility of implementation.

For more information, please visit winnipeg.ca/vehiclesforhire.

Public invited to attend Transcona Cemetery Improvement Strategy open house

Released: 9:45 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeggers are invited to attend an open house for the Transcona Cemetery Improvement Strategy. The Transcona Cemetery is an important part of Winnipeg’s history and continues to serve the community. A draft improvement strategy has been developed to ensure the cemetery continues to meet the needs of the community. The draft improvement strategy addresses:

  1. Land drainage issues in the early interment sections;
  2. Renovation of the chapel to return it to use; and,
  3. Plans for future cemetery expansion.

Winnipeggers will have an opportunity to review the proposed improvements and share their feedback with the project team.

Event Details:

  Session 1 Session 2
Date: September 26, 2018 September 26, 2018
Time: 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Format: Presentation at 4 p.m. followed by discussion. Presentation at 6 p.m. followed by discussion.
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 7, 117 Regent Ave. E.

Those who cannot attend will have the opportunity to view the information boards online and provide feedback through an online survey, available until October 3, 2018.
For more information, please visit winnipeg.ca/cemeteryimprovement.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service update: Henry Avenue Fire

Released: 1:49 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 11:10 a.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018 Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) crews responded to a report of a fire at a seven-story apartment building in the 100-block of Henry Avenue. Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke and a working fire. A second alarm was called, increasing the number of apparatus and WFPS crew members on the scene, due to the potential for high life hazards when dealing with an occupied residential building.

In total, 23 WFPS apparatus assisted with the response to this fire. Crews were able to quickly knock down the fire, keeping it confined to one floor. While the offensive fire attack occurred, crews also assisted with the evacuation of approximately 200 individuals from the building.

A number of evacuees from the building were assessed on scene and one individual was transported to hospital in stable condition. As well, one firefighter was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The majority of occupants will be able to return to the building later this afternoon once ventilation of the building is completed.

Henry Avenue and Martha Street are anticipated to reopen to regular traffic later this afternoon.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are available at this time.

Published at Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:49:00 -0400