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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Lethbridge firefighters taking part in river rescue training

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You may notice water rescue crews on the Oldman River this week.

Lethbridge Fire & Emergency Services is conducting training for a number of its team members.

The department recently acquired two new boats. The boats are specifically designed to work on rivers, which can have varying depths in just short distances.

Water Rescue Team Lead, Brendon Pyne says this training is extremely important. “This is getting our water rescue team members familiar with these new boats and how they operate and handle. They are very different than previous boats. The training right now going up and down the river is good for us to pick out where the hazards are and what issues we could possibly encounter in the event we get called out”.

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Pyne stresses if people are on the water this summer to please take all the necessary precautions, like filing a float plan with someone and wearing a life jacket.

He says he strongly advises against taking alcohol on the river and having proper footwear is important too in case you have to get out of the water in a hurry.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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