By Stan Ashbee
Sunny South News
Presently, Picture Butte Emergency Services is sitting at 21 members with room for three more volunteers, according to the department’s Fire Chief Dave Feist.
“And, we’re always looking for more volunteers,” said the chief.
Feist noted the department’s ambulance calls have been steadily rising every year since the department brought in the service.
“But, fire calls fortunately have been down,” he said, except for the unfortunate fire recently at Coyote Flats Pioneer Village at the Prairie Tractor and Engine Museum.
One of the duties of a volunteer community small town fire department is to educate everybody on fire prevention.
“Making everybody aware the safety and the hazards.”
Smoke detectors and escape plans are the focus of this year’s Fire Prevention Week. Devising a home plan is also very important.
Right now, Feist said, the department is sitting at a standstill, in regards to any future spending or purchases for emergency services.
“Hopefully, we’ll have some equipment replacement but that’s down the road,” he said.
Feist would like to remind everybody in the community to stay safe this Fire Prevention Week and each and every day.
“And, hopefully we’ll keep our call volumes down,” Feist said.