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  • June 14, 2017 12:52 PM | Anonymous

     Notice that there will be a short PLVFD Memorial Service for Dale Anderson(PLVFD Member) at the PLVFD Fire Hall this Saturday June 17th @ 10 am.  PLVFD Deputy Chief Warren Luky to preside, with Thompson Fire Chief John Maskerine providing the Firefighter’s Last Call with Uniform Honor Guard.  All PLVFD, family & friends are welcome to attend to show support.


  • September 18, 2016 8:45 PM | Anonymous

    The PLVFD would like to extend a big thank you to everyone that attended the pancake breakfast this year.  Was nice to see the good turn out even with the rainy weather!  Was excellent to have in attendance the Thompson Fire crew this year showing off their equipment and pancake eating skills. 

    The crew would also like to thank the volunteers who donated their time making this event so entertaining and to the businesses that donated prizes for the auction. See the link to the thank you add that was posted in the Thompson Citizen. PLVFD thank you sept 2016.pdf

    We also have an unclaimed 50/50 winning number of 155753. The deadline for claiming the monies is December 31st 2016. Please contact Darin Kulbaski (PLVFD - Treasurer) at 204-677-4713 to claim your prize or email me at paintlakecommunity@gmail.com and I'll get you in touch with them. 

  • September 01, 2016 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    Come out and support your fire fighters and have a great breakfast to boot!!!!!

    Date is September 3rd from 9-11am at the Fire Hall.  Hope to see everyone there!

    Baseball game to follow after lunch at Redman Park. 

  • February 11, 2016 10:16 AM | Anonymous
    The PLVFD would like to remind Cottage Owners that in the case of an emergency an AED (automated external defibrillator) can be located at the Paint Lake Lodge/Marina and one at the Fire Hall.  Although the PLVFD is not a medical response unit, these AED's can most definitely be used in an emergency. 
  • September 24, 2015 7:31 AM | Anonymous

    A Big Thank You to everyone who came out this summer to enjoy the Fire Hall Grand opening and Pancake Breakfast in support of the volunteer firefighters!!! It was nice to see everyone come out and enjoy the events. 

    We would like to thank the volunteers that helped out with setting up and working at these events along with donations from:

    Paint Lake Marina & RA Distributing for their donations at the Pancake Breakfast!

    Helitack, M&M Meat Shop and Artic Beverages for their donations at the Fire Hall Grand Opening. 

    Thanks again for everyone's help and donations to make these events a huge success!



  • September 02, 2015 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    Pancake Breakfast fundraiser starts on Saturday at 9 till 11 am at the Fire Hall. There will be no silent auction this year but there will be a 50/50 draw and a bean jar!  Who wants to cook Saturday morning! Come out and support your volunteer fire fighters with some great food and company. Prices are $3 dollars for kids and $6 dollars for adults.

  • September 02, 2015 12:23 PM | Anonymous

    Pickup Baseball Game for the kids starts at Noon at Redman field and the Adults will play at 1:00pm or shortly thereafter. Remotes verses the Landlubbers.

    Not confirmed yet but their is talk of the Marina being the place to meet after the games are done.

    Should be lots of fun so hope to see everyone out!

  • September 08, 2014 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    The PLVFD was a huge success. Click here to view the photo gallery.

    Thank-you to all volunteers and to those who came out to enjoy breakfast.

  • August 12, 2014 2:19 PM | Anonymous

     

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    Cottagers in Paint Lake Provincial Park rely on Helitac and the Paint Lake Volunteer Fire Department (PLVFD) for wildfire protection. These two forces work cooperatively at fires, with Helitac covering the forest and PLVFD covering
    the structures; vehicles; boats and RV’s in the campgrounds. The PLVFD has extinguished 3 wildfires before; during and after the fire season, when Helitac crews were unavailable. Most PLVFD members have been trained in wildfire
    suppression by the same Manitoba Conservation people, who train Helitac.

    The PLVFD has 25 members and has fund raised to purchase equipment and trucks. The current fire hall was built for one truck, and houses 2 trucks. Plans are complete for an extension to the current building, which will have 3 truck bays; a water system and renovations to the current building, which includes an office; handicapped toilet and classroom, which can double as a community wellness centre for meetings, or other activities. The fire hall is the heart and soul of any fire department.

    The PLVFD is an officially recognized fire department by the Office of the Manitoba Fire Commissioner, and has over 1600 rolling gallons of water in their three trucks. The PLVFD achieved a partially protected community status in
    2005 from the insurance industry. In addition to trucks, the PLVFD owns an ice auger; generator with lights and chords; 12 portable pumps; chainsaw; the usual fire fighting tools, including safety clothing and first aid supplies.
    In the event of any fire, a call is made to Thompson Fire and Emergency Services, who contact the PLVFD. The PLVFD scrambles their crew. Response times average 11 minutes for water on fire. If the fire is serious, Thompson Fire and Emergency Services will send a truck and crew, if they are not otherwise engaged, and their crews have air capabilities. It takes at least half an hour for the trip to Paint Lake.

    Some cottagers have their own pumps and sprinkler systems set up for summer use. Remote cottagers have barrel pumps strategically placed at cottage clusters, and training in their use. Each barrel contains a 4hp Honda high
    pressure pump; standard 1 ½ inch fire hoses; intake hose; nozzle; plus printed instructions. That is the best that the PLVFD has been able to do for remote cottage owners. The PLVFD also protects their boats while docked in the largest boat marina in Manitoba.

    Liz and Paint Lake are natural fire barriers. Since 1993, more forest has been removed for roads and a 5 cottage block expansion. What was a burn pile for brush was turned into a playground and wildfire barrier opposite the Lakeview Campground in 1994. There is still some heavy timber to the west of this. The
    logging currently taking place outside of the park’s boundaries tends to lessen the wildfire hazard significantly, until regrowth eventually replaces the harvested forest.

    The tri fold, “Wild fires in Manitoba” which is available in the restaurant lobby is a great read for all cottagers in Paint Lake Provincial Park. It has the best available information on family fire practice; what to pack if an emergency
    evacuation is necessary; and other valuable information. The only road is 375 into and out of the park, which could isolate the park from number 6 highway, which is a major issue.

    Some of the park’s old white spruce trees are nearing their life span with some having fallen on cottages and vehicles. Spruce budworm has infested the balsam and white spruce, which adds to the hazards of wildfire. Brush and wood pile locations and ladder fuels are being evaluated jointly by the PLVFD and Fire Control Officer, Shauna Kortz, (CWS) to avoid a repeat of the Slave Lake Fire, which destroyed part of that community in 2011, due to arson.
    This evaluation will take some time and cooperation between the PLVFD and Mb. Conservation. Cottagers will receive feedback from these assessments, so that fire hazards may be reduced, and a new Emergency Plan can be formulated for this community.


    Prepared for: PLCOA by Jim Nicholls, PLVFD


  • August 12, 2014 2:18 PM | Anonymous


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    Wild fire risk at Paint Lake is greatest from May to September. With public safety and property in mind, here are a few preparations cottagers can do if a wild fire threatens this community.

    • If you spot a wild fire, call either Mb. Conservation or Thompson Fire and Emergency Services at 204-677-7911 and report the location of the fire.
    • If wild fire threatens your home, have an evacuation plan that each family member knows in advance. Have your vehicle prepared and facing towards the road, ready to go.
    • If an evacuation is ordered, take enough items for at least 5 days for the members of your family, including pets. Here is a partial list of items to pack:
      • family clothing appropriate for the time of year
      • food snacks and pet food
      • valuable documents; cash and credit or debit cards
      • family medications
      • comfort items such as toys or pillows or blankets
      • personal kits with soap; cosmetics; toothpaste; etc.
      • valuables
    • To protect your home, close all windows and doors. If you have time, connect a sprinkler to your garden hose, and nail it the roof of the house. Do not turn it on, unless the fire is an immediate hazard.
    • During an evacuation, drive carefully with your headlights on. Watch for other traffic or pedestrians and emergency vehicles. Do not panic.
    • Report to authorities and wait for further instructions.

    Prepared by the PLVFD  


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