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New Lethbridge fire recruits undergo investigations training

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A number of Lethbridge firefighting recruits undergoing investigations training this week.

The seven spent the day Thursday (Oct. 17) putting out two live burns at the fire training centre on the city’s north side and then investigating the cause.

Chief Fire Marshall Heath Wright says firefighting these days isn’t just about dumping water on flames, it’s also about how that blaze may have started. “We also want them to look at any signs or signals that might be malicious activity like multiple points of ignition or the colour of the smoke or colour of the fire itself. The location of that fire and how many fires are burning in the area at one time.”

Training Officer, Lethbridge Fire Prevention Officer Adam Saturley says the recruits did a great job. He notes this is a good way for these new recruits to understand there’s more to firefighting than just putting out the flames.

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“What we really want to touch on with them is there could be evidence around,” says Saturley. Evidence doesn’t have to be a criminal aspect, but anything that will help us determine the cause of the fire is evidence to us.”

The two live burns consisted of a bedroom fire scenario and the other was a livingroom fire.

Wright, meanwhile says they were able to conduct this special training thanks to a partnership with Rocky Cross Construction (RCC). RCC donated furniture and some of the building supplies as well. He noted McNamara Floors, donated the flooring.

The seven new fire recruits will graduate from training on November 22nd.

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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