County of Minburn and Vegreville Fire Departments Join Forces

Author: Town Of Vegreville Posted on: Jun 24, 2019
Pictured above are Mannville Firefighter Don Speck and Vegreville Firefighter Justin Bonofogoski before departing to High Level, Alberta with the Mannville tanker.
Pictured above are Mannville Firefighter Don Speck and Vegreville Firefighter Justin Bonofogoski before departing to High Level, Alberta with the Mannville tanker.

[VEGREVILLE, ALBERTA, June 23, 2019] On June 23, 2019, the County of Minburn was contacted by the Government of Alberta requesting a fire tender unit and personnel for a 7-day deployment to assist in the firefighting efforts in High Level, Alberta. County of Minburn Fire Chief, Mike Fundytus and Town of Vegreville Fire Chief, Phil Rowe, decided to send one firefighter from Mannville and one from Vegreville to accompany the Mannville Fire Department tanker.

Vegreville Fire Chief Phil Rowe says; “It is an honour to be able to work with the County of Minburn to join forces in the protection of Albertans threatened by wildfire.” County Fire Chief Mike Fundytus confirms, “taking one firefighter from each municipality just made good sense in that we ensure operational readiness in Vegreville, Mannville and the County of Minburn to ensure our own communities are protected” adding that “the County is grateful for the support of Mannville and Vegreville in making this happen.”

Firefighter Don Speck and Firefighter Justin Bonofogoski are both certified and trained in structural and wildfire protection and pump operation. Both are equally excited about the deployment and ready to assist in any way possible. Don and Justin have been given time away from work by their employers to assist in the firefighting efforts. A big Thank You to local employer Vantage Builders for allowing Don to leave his employment duties during this time. It is committed to employers like Vantage that allow this type of deployment possible. The Councils and citizens of the communities of Vegreville, Mannville and the County of Minburn, along with their respective fire departments, wish them well and safe travels to High Level. Your commitment to the protection of Albertans is commendable!

Phil Rowe, Fire Chief Vegreville Fire Department

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Phil Rowe at 780.632.2254, or email [email protected] or [email protected]