Thunder Bay Fire Rescue on Scene

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue on scene of house fire
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue on scene of house fire

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Saves Lives

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Fire Rescue were on the scene in the 900 Block of Home Avenue last night, where a fire at a home was put out. From the scene neighbours said no one was home at the time. The summer season, when many people are on vacation, or out at camp is a time to make sure that residents take the time to make their homes safe. 

Thunder Bay fire fighters
Fire Fighters on the scene.

Over the summer, firefighters will be going door to door in residential neighborhoods throughout the summer. They will be emphasizing the legal requirements of working smoke alarms on every storey of a residence. “Statistics continue to demonstrate an unacceptable number of homes and families that are not protected by working smoke alarms,” said Fire Chief John Hay.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue remind citizens to test their smoke alarms every month and to replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old. Only working smoke alarms save lives.


Traffic Unit Seeks Help

The Traffic Unit of the Thunder Bay Police is seek the public’s assistance to complete an auto-pedestrian collision investigation. Thunder Bay Police report, “At about 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, a green 4 door sedan struck a 17 year old male pedestrian at the intersection of Rosslyn Road and Queen St in Oliver Paipoonge. The police have determined that the male driver did in fact stop and check on the pedestrian, and was told by the pedestrian that he was fine. The driver then left without leaving a name or contact information”.

Thus far, the police have not been contacted by that driver and would like to complete the investigation by making that contact. If you were that driver, have information regarding who the driver may be or were a witness to this event, please contact the Traffic Unit of the Thunder Bay Police. The telephone number is 684-1226.

Crime Night for Thunder Bay Police

Thunder Bay Police report that over the past 24 hour period they responded to 213 calls for service. That is approaching weekend numbers. Police report there were 23 alcohol related incidents, and 5 domestic disputes that required their attention. At 12:57PM EDT there was a liquor related call in the 400 Block of George Street, and an assault at the same location half an hour later. At 01:34EDT police were called to respond to a call of Disturbing the Peace in the 500 Block of Victoria Avenue East. A half hour later in the 600 Block of Victoria Avenue East there was another call for an alcohol related incident. 

Tuesday in the downtown south core there were several instances in the morning of broken liquor and beer bottles in the area, as well as several places where excessive numbers of discarded needles were left by individuals.

Discarded syringes in the downtown core are a demonstration of the addiction issues in Thunder Bay

The value of the needle exchange is something questioned by some in our city. The proponents state that providing the 800,000 needles annually actually cut healthcare costs and save money. They also state that the vast majority of needles are turned in. However it also appears there are many needles left by homeless addicts. If the Needle Exchange were to apply some flexibility in the packaging of the needles handed out, smaller numbers to individuals who are not at home for the delivery, that might save dollars and reduce the danger to others in the downtown.

Victoria Avenue East
These unused syringes were left in a walkway along Victoria Avenue East.

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