Tuesday, July 23, 2013

NAFED Recognises Bison

We have been a member of NAFED (North American Fire Equipment Distributors) since the day we opened our doors in 2001. We have found the levels of education and training they offer to be a valuable part of our business. With so few areas for people to get industry training outside of what the equipment manufacturer’s offer, which is always product specific, I am surprised that we are the only Manitoba company that invests in improving and upgrading what we bring to our customers.

NAFED was originally formed in 1963 and has grown into an international association that not only educates, but also has a magazine, e-alert, new product information, will lobby on our behalf, and provide research and support when needed to name a few of the things they do.

I was very surprised when I opened the latest e-alert to see they had recognized our Profit 500 ranking. Something that we achieved in part because of the support we receive from associations like NAFED, and other associations we belong to. This type support is appreciated. With so many great fire protection companies that understand the value that NAFED brings to our industry in North America the acknowledgment is humbling.

There is protection within the herd!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Siloam Mission

We have been getting more involved with the Siloam Mission ever since The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce was a promotional partner for Siloam Mission’s BOLD Breakfast, where they will highlight their initiative: Vision 500. I was impressed with what the guest speaker Richard Harris had to say about the programs he has been involved with, and how they are working to duplicate them in Winnipeg.

Since that time I have been working with Siloam Mission to offer support where we can. Both Emile and I were recently given a tour of the 300 Princess Ave. facility by Colin Foran, and were surprised by what we learned. We also felt that as a company there was much more we could be doing to encourage and support the good work they do for our entire community, because it truly is beneficial to all Winnipegger when Siloam succeeds.

That meeting has lead us to donate the fire extinguishers Siloam needed for the building they purchased and are redeveloping on Stanley St. We are also working with them to have some of their guests work with the herd when an extra hand is needed. We have been very pleased with the process so far and look forward to continuing that going forward.

There are many things the community as a whole can do to get involved with Siloam and their programs.

  • Food and Clothing
  • Volunteering both individually and in a Group (Great corporate team building)
  • Monetary donations
  • Equipment donations
  • Support fundraising initiatives
  • Much Much more check their website

I encourage everyone to call make an appointment and learn more about the great things they are doing, and where they plan to go in the future.

There is protection within the herd!

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Keepin’ It Cool At The Winnipeg Folk Festival

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is celebrating its 40th year of entertaining Manitoban’s and our neighbors with great music! The festival runs from July 10th to the 14th so there is still plenty of time to take in great shows. Bison Fire Protection takes pride in supporting the festival by donating the fire extinguishers they need for occupancy to ensure the safety of both the attendee’s and the entertainers because it wouldn’t be much of a show without either. This is something we have done for several years and look forward to continuing for as long as they’ll have us.

I stole some information from their web site because it’s interesting to see what the festival really brings to us.

“The Festival’s cumulative attendance now exceeds 80,000 and includes thousands of visitors from outside of Manitoba and performers from across North America, and the world. The organization has more than 2,800 dedicated volunteers who contribute well over 56,000 hours of labour each year to create the magic that is the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival generates $29.4 million in economic activity and creates 281 jobs for the province of Manitoba. The impact on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Manitoba is estimated at $14.7 million. The GDP represents the estimated net economic activity generated from this signature Manitoba event.”

With around 75 acts to enjoy there is something for everyone. The food kiosks keep everyone well fed, and Birds Hill Park is a great venue that has much more to offer if you need a break from the festivities. So while you’re groovin’ to the tunes, munchin’ on the snacks, and noticing the great fire extinguishers distributed around the site, remember……

There is protection within the herd!

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The Hazards Of Flying Lanterns

I’m sure you’ve seen them for sale in a number of stores. They are the Flying Lanterns that use an internal flame to create enough heat to lift them into the air for 5-10 minutes of flying time. While they look very nice they can be deadly.

I recently read a couple articles put together by the LOWDPOA (Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association) regarding their concerns for these flying forest fires. As a group that is concerned and proactive in all aspects of cottage life one their many concerns is trying to ensure cottage country doesn’t burn to the ground. They have lobbied a number of stores and have been successful in getting them off the shelves. These lanterns are beyond your control the second you release them, with wind constantly changing they can go anywhere, and could easily be caught in the branches of a tree, or worse a dead tree, or even worst a dead pine tree whose dry needles are Mother Nature’s gasoline. You don’t need to own a cottage to understand the issues that come with forest fires. These issues are on the news as fires burn out of control in many areas of both our country and our Southern neighbors.

Another area of concern is fireworks at the lake. I sat around the fire last weekend enjoying a small fireworks display from someone across the bay. These are available at many locations and are nice to watch. They can also be dangerous so I thought a couple tips might be in order as fireworks continue to burn even under water until the chemicals used to create them are completely consumed.

  • Always check wind direction, and be aware of where embers may fall. Situate the firework so that wind will blow embers into a safe zone preferably not the forest, or your guests who should be at least 25 feet away.
  • Always take the time to secure the fireworks so they can’t fall over and fire into you or your guests. Buckets of sand, or affixing them to a stable platform will add safety.
  • Always have a working fire extinguisher readily available.
  • Never consume alcohol before igniting fireworks.
  • Light only one firework at a time. Wear eye protection and gloves while lighting fireworks.
  • Never lean over fireworks or attempt to pick up a "dud" for at least 30 minutes (Never re-light a "dud" firework).
  • Never hold a lit firework in your hand.

I can also go on and on about fire pits, I have in the past and will again in the future. All I’ll say today is make sure you have a working fire extinguisher nearby, and make sure the fire is completely out before you call it a night.

There is protection within the herd!

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