Friday, December 13, 2013

Siloam Mission Needs Your Support

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I’m sure by now many have heard about the water damage that Siloam Mission suffered yesterday morning. We had been called very early, and responded to their needs getting the sprinkler system repaired and fully functional as fast as we could.

They have lost a large amount of food and other items as listed below, and really need people to step up a little higher than usual to help them during a difficult time. Winnipeggers, and Manitoban’s together are known across Canada for our generous spirit, and our desire to pitch in when called. Siloam Mission is calling and I know we will answer.

The email below went out to my staff this morning however I would like to extend the challenge to everyone in our great province. Following the internal email Ed had sent is the press release Siloam Mission sent out today.

Let’s show our provincial pride supporting in this very worthy Christian humanitarian organization.



Siloam Mission

As many of you might already know, Siloam Mission’s sprinkler system was activated yesterday.  As a result of that, there is a lot of water damage to their building and they have lost medical supplies, food and other items that are very necessary for them to service their clientele.

Leo Allard has put out a challenge to all Bison employees.  He is going to donate $20.00 to Siloam Mission and he hopes that all employees will consider meeting or exceeding his donation.

We can collect the monies at the office and will forward all funds received to Siloam Mission.  We can record the money that we receive from you as a donation that you can use on your 2013 tax return.  This will show up on your T4 at year end.

Thank you very much for your participation.


Edwin F. Klassen, CMA


PH: 204 237 3473

TF: 866 441 3473

Fax: 204 237 4744



Siloam Mission Flood Update

Winnipeg’s community spirit shines through as people and businesses come together to help


Winnipeg, MB (December 12, 2013) – We are deeply touched by all of the calls, emails, texts, and messages we are receiving from the community, sharing their support and helping us through this difficult time. We want to give you all a short update on our situation as it stands today.

“Bison Fire Protection were here right away fixing the problem and we are grateful they came here so quickly and worked with our team to fix the sprinkler system and help us on the road to recovery! “ says Floyd Perras, Executive Director of Siloam Mission. Flood restoration has been continuing in the health centre since yesterday, using industrial fans and dehumidifiers to dry out walls and flooring. They are also monitoring water and air quality as well as electrical. We know that we are facing renovations, as some walls will have to be ripped out and sensitive wiring replaced, but the extent of this is still to be determined.

The water damage extends to the dental chairs and equipment, which suffered both from soaking and shorting out. This may need to be replaced, as will much of the dental supplies, both of which are costly.

Several of our computers in the health center suffered damage also by both water and electrical damage and may need to be replaced.

Mr. Perras expanded on the issue of food loss: “As we mentioned yesterday, we can confirm that we have lost two full pallets of food (at approx. 2000 lbs each). Staff and volunteers are currently sorting through the food shelving storage that was in the immediate vicinity of the flood to determine the extent of further losses. At this stage we know there is still a significant amount of food that will have to be destroyed but it will take time to completely assess this. “

“As the shelving on which the food was stored is wooden, this will also have to be ripped out as it is water logged. We will be replacing these with portable, metal shelving that will be more durable and flexible for the long-term. We anticipate this will cost between $4,000-5,000.”

“It’s a mammoth job but we are so grateful that we have such passionate and dedicated volunteers willing to muck in and get this huge task completed.” Says Mr. Perras.

So many of you have come forward asking how you can help. We just can’t express deeply enough how much your caring has meant to us. Yesterday was such a difficult day for all of us, emotionally and physically. But the compassion and outpouring of Winnipegers, and Manitobans in general, have buoyed us up, lifting our spirits and recharging us with the true spirit of Christmas. We welcome your support and want you to know how grateful we are for it.

In terms of the health centre, the best way to help is financially. Medical and dental supplies are so specific that we defer to the health administrator and our volunteers doctors, dentists, and nurses to make the decisions on what and how much to order. This will be a daunting task as they are still trying to determine what and how much has been lost.

For food, we are grateful for all donations but we are now specifically focused on replacing the following items:

•        Tomato Sauce

•        Flour

•        Sugar

•        Coffee

•        Canned luncheon meats (such as tuna, chicken, ham, etc.)

For clothing, we direct everyone to our urgent needs list, posted on our website [] with a specific focus on cold-weather apparel – coats, boots, heavy sock, long underwear, gloves, mittens, toques, etc.

You can also help by supporting our very special One Big Day event, going on now at the Garden City Shopping Centre until 6pm. We are collecting new, unwrapped toys for our Siloam Mission Toy Store, which will be open to our patrons on Dec 18th and 19th. This toy store offers our patrons the opportunity to select gifts for loved ones that they would not otherwise be able to do. For many patrons, this is a rare opportunity to reconnect with family from whom they have been separated or estranged. The giving of gifts allows them the dignity of rebuilding broken ties and expressing the joy of sharing.

All donations can be dropped off at 300 Princess Street in Winnipeg, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you have donations to drop off at other times, please call ahead or contact a staff member inside the drop-in centre and they will assist you. You can also donate online at, by mail to Siloam Mission or by calling 204-956-4344.


Siloam Mission is a Christian humanitarian agency offering programs and services at no charge to those experiencing homelessness. Siloam Mission alleviates the hardships of the poor and homeless, assists in transitioning them into self-sufficient and generous lifestyles and advocates nationwide on their behalf. For more information, please visit  


Donna-Lynn Baskin

Communications Coordinator

Siloam Mission

300 Princess Street

Winnipeg, MB R3B 1M3

Phone:  204.956.4344

Fax:        204.956.0956



A connecting point between the compassionate and Winnipeg’s less fortunate, Siloam Mission is a Christian humanitarian organization that alleviates hardships and provides opportunities for change for those affected by homelessness. Click here to donate online and help change lives.

There is protection within the herd!

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

First Aid Training

With an ever growing staff that move in many areas of the province, as well as many different types of business it’s important to us to have them trained in many areas of safety. This applies to our office staff to the inspection technicians, and the construction crews. First aid training can also be a great service should one of our customers need help, or when we are out in the community. We also need to be able to react properly when an accident does occur. You just never know when these skills will be needed. However adhering to a solid safety policy is only part of what we need to do on a day to day basis to avoid injury.

Last week we had Canadian First-Aid Training come by the office and spend an entire day teaching the staff fire aid training. I have said many times that the difference between panic and action is training. It’s imperative that when someone gets hurt that others are available, and they know what to do in that emergency situation. We all know there are steps to take to expedite the help the injured person requires. Training will be the difference, because calm people make better decisions.

I truly hope that we never need to use the training in a real world situation, but because of the varied types of work we do the possibility is very real, and I want every member of the herd going home to their families safely every night. First aid training is a must for us as are the many other things we train on such as lift trucks, confined spaces, and fall protection to name a few.

If we watch how we work on every jobsite, and apply the skills learned the chances of injury are great diminished, and that is important to all of us.

There is protection within the herd!

Dealing with ChokingWorking in the class room.Learning CPR skills.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Happiness is……Happy Customers!

Our Fire Alarm construction division has done a lot of projects this year. The number has easily doubled almost tripled from last year, and with that increase come the expected stresses that fast growth always brings. Fortunately our team is up for that challenge, and the steady increase we expect to see next year.

Through all of this our tech’s have given all they’ve got and it would be understandable if tempers sometimes flared a bit. However they are professionals that take pride in their work ethic, and customer service skills. With all that said I was very happy to receive an email from Jorey Electric praising the performance of two of our guys. Ron Beshk and Roman Shvainshtien completed back to back projects that had them both very tired yet they rose above that and did it like pros!

I’m very proud of the work we do here, and people like Ron and Roman make my job very easy. I truly appreciate what they have done, and look forward to the future. With a staff like mine I better wear shades!



From: Carey Doerksen

Sent: December-02-13 4:23 PM

To: Jasen Campbell

Subject: Kegsland


Jasen, I would like to thank Bison Fire for their exemplary work at the Kegsland project.  We appreciate the effort that was put forth by your staff to complete the verification under the tight timelines given.  The co-operation between the Bison staff and our guys on site is what made everything happen.  We will not hesitate to recommend Bison Fire to anyone asking and look forward to working with you on the next project.


Carey Doerksen

Jorey Electric Ltd

6-1375 Niakwa Rd E

(204) 255-4842



There is protection within the herd!

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Ansul Introduces New Release

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Ansul Fire Protection Products has been a big supporter of ours for several years now. They are always developing new products to bring to our industry, or working hard to enhance the products they already have on the market.

The new OEM Remote Release is just one of the new products that support their already successful Ansul R-102 kitchen suppression system, and it will be an asset on larger kitchen installations allowing us to use more tanks, and more heat detectors, or as they are more commonly known fusible links.

The OEM Remote Release will also allow us to actuate up to five R-102 Regulated Actuators. This type of flexibility is fantastic for future projects, but will also have a place when upgrading existing suppression systems by giving us an option that may reduce cost while improving functionality. The OEM Remote Release would have been an asset when we installed the suppression systems at the Red River College Culinary Arts Program.

With Manitoba, and Saskatchewan both growing by leaps and bounds having Ansul supporting us with both the new products, and training they offer we are firmly in place to ensure any project big or small can be handled with confidence.

There is protection within the herd!

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Bison Roams The Air Waves

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Can you imagine my excitement when my phone rang a couple weeks ago? Joanne Patenaude was on the line. She’s our account manager at Corus Entertainment, and she does an incredible job helping us navigate the world of media and advertising.

Joanne had been talking with Dahlia Kurtz who is the host in the afternoon on CJOB and they wanted to talk about fire safety. I felt to opportunity to offer some public education was very important, and have included the show for your listening pleasure. Just download the above attachment.

There are so many things that we add to our homes when the weather gets colder, and days get shorter. Heaters, additional lights, increased use of clothes dryers, candles, and kids piling winter clothes against furnaces, and hot water tanks in their hurry to tell of an exciting day at school can all contribute to home fires.

The Christmas season is a time of joy and giving.  Give your family the gift of fire safety this year. If you didn’t take the time to check your smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, or do a fire drill when you turned the clocks back do it now. Visiting in-laws at Christmas is great fun, living with them while you deal with the devastation of a home fire isn’t.

There is protection within the herd!

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