Thursday, August 29, 2013

Siloam Mission

Most Manitoban’s have heard of Siloam Mission. They are a not for profit facility for Winnipeg’s less fortunate. I was first introduced to them at the Vision 500 breakfast that they had put on in conjunction with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. That breakfast really opened my eyes as to what Siloam is trying to achieve in the community. It has also led us to become far more involved with Siloam. In the past we have donated fire extinguishers to them, we have plans to become more involved in the future.

Yesterday a number of my staff and me attended a group volunteer opportunity. We had 8 staff and 4 family members take time away from their jobs, or family commitments to serve lunch from 11:15- 1:30. It was an incredible experience meeting people who were in different stages of getting their lives reorganized, and trying to move forward. While we served 156 lunches we were told this was an unusually low number. The daily average is almost double that. And that’s just lunch they also serve breakfast and supper.

We were also given a detailed tour of the facility, they took the time to explain how their program works, why it works and some of the issues they have faced in the past what they have done to overcome them, and they shared their vision of the future and the housing they want to develop. We were surprised to learn it can take up to 2 years for a single man to get a home in Manitoba housing. Siloam is trying to create semi-permanent bachelor pads for both men and women while they transition into a permanent place to call home.

That isn’t all Siloam does, they let their guest use the 300 Princess address to receive mail, phone calls, apply for medical cards, social insurance cards, and many other things that most people take for granted. They do this because the government will not issue many documents required to get a job if you do not have an address. They have a full medical facility that includes vision, dental, podiatry, and medical treatment, all done by volunteers.

I can’t properly express the feelings of pride I had in my staff over the last couple of weeks as they offered their time, or brought in items to be donated. Winnipeg is a great place to live, raise a family, and operate a business, and it’s the people we meet every day that make it that way.

There is protection within the herd!

Magnificent Manitoban'sPreparing to Serve at Siloam MissionService with a Smile at Siloam Mission

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Busting the ULC1254.6/UL300 Money Myth

Ansul recently released a white paper titled “Busting the UL300 Money Myth” on the value of upgrading and replacing your kitchen fire suppression system. While this is an American publication is has a lot of merit in the Canadian market.

It has been my experience that a large percentage of these systems have been brought to current ULC 1254.6/ULC 300 standards within Manitoba’s major cities. It seems the rural areas have had a longer replacement process due I’m sure to a variety of reasons. You also have to keep in mind that these kitchen fire suppression systems have been installed to the current standards since 1995, so this should only apply to fire suppression systems that are much older.

There are however a couple of concerns in keeping your system in compliance with these standards. The first is that each nozzle is appliance specific. If you should change the appliance line up in any way the system no longer meets the criteria, but is an easy fix by a certified company. I always very strongly suggest dealing with a company that is certified by the manufacturer of the suppression system you own. This leads to the second point. I have dealt with a number of restaurant owners concerned that they need to completely replace the suppression system they have because it has “Deficiencies”, or “No longer meets code”. The company they are currently using is not certified by the manufacturer of their system, and as such doesn’t have access to bulletins, warranty updates, or any other information on the system. As such they attempt to sell the brand they do represent leading to a costly replacement instead of a minor upgrade. As one customer stated “It seems the only real deficiency in in their (service providers) bank account, and they have found a way to fix it.” Finding certified companies is as easy as going to the manufacturer’s website, and doing a search.

I have stated in many past posts that there are several very good companies who truly take what they do very seriously. As we know the results of a failed fire suppression system can be both costly and deadly. However there are some that operate with a lower ethical standard, and believe “it will never happen to me.” What is your business worth to you?

There is protection within the herd!

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Friday, August 02, 2013

The Herd Is Expanding

We have been very fortunate this year. There are so many good people in Manitoba that truly understand and appreciate the value of professional service. Our commitments to professional growth will always continue. This summer I will have two fire alarm technicians spending a week each at Siemens schools learning all there is to know about the new Cerberus Pro fire alarm panels being released next week, and another fire alarm technician going to the Siemens school in Chicago for a week to continue his programming education in the Siemens XLS fire alarm systems.

These types of investments into our staff have not gone unnoticed by Manitobans. They have come to expect the high levels of service we regularly offer and because of this our service department has grown and we are once again looking to add more staff to ensure our customers have the support they need.

With that said we are currently looking to fill these three professional positions.

Fire Alarm Technician

We are recruiting for CFAA certified Fire Alarm technicians who are able to work in a regulated environment. Candidates must have a minimum of 1 year of experience in the safety industry and a working knowledge of fire alarm systems and emergency lighting. Manufactures training and a working knowledge of local and national fire code an asset. Manitoba CFAA certification is required.

Fire Suppression\Fire Extinguisher Service Technician

We are currently recruiting for Fire Suppression/Fire Extinguisher technicians who are able to work in a regulated environment. Candidates must have a minimum of 1 year of experience in the safety industry working with fire suppression systems, fire extinguishers, and fire hose. Manufactures training and a working knowledge of local and national fire code an asset.

Assistant Service Coordinator

We are recruiting for an experienced Assistant Service Coordinator with a working knowledge in the Fire Safety Service Industry. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required for this fast paced demanding position. Work with staff and clients to schedule work, document reports, and grow with our company. Working knowledge of Microsoft office is required.

If you feel you have what it takes to roam with the herd please contact Mark Johnson our operations manager with a cover letter and resume by Fax: 204-237-4744 or email:

There is protection within the herd!

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