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A good time to fight fires

(Cartoon by Lance Goosen)

It’s a good time to be an Oshawa firefighter as the organization has been in the community helping out, and has also seen some upgrades.

As reported recently by The Oshawa Express, Oshawa firefighters are now using new location technology called what3words.

The app allows firefighters to get the precise location of an individual in trouble.

However, on top of that, firefighters have also found themselves in the community helping out, having recently been found handing out masks and soap to residents.

They were also recently handing out meal kits to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oshawa Fire Services handed out more than 1,000 lbs. of food to 103 homes.

As an organization with the goal of saving lives, Oshawa Fire Services has stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic to help out residents in need.

On top of their charitable work, Oshawa Fire Services is one of 15 departments across Canada to be awarded stipends to support home fire sprinkler community outreach programs.

The stipends came from the Co-Operators and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition. The funds can be used to build or refurbish and conduct a fire and sprinkler side-by-side demonstration, create an educational banner, or build a home fire sprinkler display.

Part of the responsibilities of firefighters is to educate the public on fire safety, and this is another way they can do so.

By teaching the public about sprinkler systems and how they can help, firefighters are taking another step to keep residents safe.

Despite the current risks from the COVID-19 pandemic, Oshawa Fire has been making themselves heard around town.

With the additional resources and their efforts to help the public, Oshawa should be proud of its fire department.