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Fire Chief says high risk of wild fire demands extra vigilance

July 19, 2018 -

A total ban on open air burning was announced earlier this week.  Now, Fire Chief Shawn Armstrong is urging residents to be extra vigilant to prevent wild fires and to yield when they see volunteer firefighters responding to calls. Volunteer firefighters use flashing green strobe lights on their dashboards of their personal vehicles to show they are responding to an emergency call.

Conditions are so dry that fire services in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) mutual aid area are using a new fire-response protocol.

"Additional water resources from the neighbouring districts in the KFL&A will be dispatched under the mutual aid program to respond to 9-1-1 fire calls in areas that don't have fire hydrants," says Armstrong who is part of the KFL&A Fire Chief's Association. "There's no rain forecast until next week, and we are at high risk of a wild fire or grass fire situation."

The total burn ban prohibits the use of fireworks, flying lanterns, contained fires or open flames of any kind. The only exemption is for propane or gas barbecues.

"Please respect the total burn ban and if you notice a green flashing light, make way for the volunteer firefighters," adds Armstrong.

For more see: www.CityofKingston.ca/FirePrevention.

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