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.
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:
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.
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.
Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party Street Closure and Transit Reroute Round 3 – Game 1
Released: 3:55 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – To accommodate the Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party, along with associated set-up and take-down, the following streets will be closed from 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 until 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 13:
- Southbound Donald Street between Portage Avenue and St. Mary Avenue
- Northbound Smith Street between the Millennium Library Parkade entrance (approximately half a block north of St. Mary Avenue) to the back lane just south of Portage Avenue (to accommodate access to the Radisson Hotel parkade.)
- Graham Avenue between Hargrave Street and Garry Street
Motorists should allow additional travel time to get to their destinations, and use alternate routes such as Main Street and Osborne Street.
As a result of the street closure, the Donald Street entrance to and exit from the Millennium Library Parkade will not be accessible from 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 until 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 13. All vehicles will need to enter and exit through the Smith Street entrance. The stairwell doors at street level to the parkade will be locked at 10:00 a.m. on May 12. Entrance to the parkade will be accessible only through the skywalk during this time.
The Millennium Library will be closing early, at 3:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 12.
Winnipeg Transit buses will be rerouted off of Graham Avenue from Carlton Street to Garry Street on Saturday, May 12 beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the end of service to accommodate an expected increase in pedestrian traffic.
Bus Stops along Graham Avenue eastbound between Hargrave Street and Garry Street will be temporarily relocated to northbound Fort Street at Graham Avenue. Bus stops along westbound Graham Avenue between Smith Street and Edmonton Street will be temporarily relocated to westbound St. Mary Avenue at Donald Street and to northbound Edmonton Street mid-block between St. Mary and Graham Avenues.
The Handi-Transit loading zone on southbound Donald Street at Graham Avenue will be temporarily relocated to eastbound Portage Avenue next to the Radisson Hotel.
For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures of major streets on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg – Regional Lane Closures.
Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates as well as traffic re-route options.
Published at Fri, 11 May 2018 17:55:00 -0400