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The Minnedosa

Since 1883
Volume 137 Issue 7 Friday, April 26, 2019 90 cents plus tax

18 Year
Sentence Practice Makes Perfect
For Man Who BY KAREN MITCHELL The houses will be burned
separately, allowing the

Shot Kingdon O n the evening of Tues-

day, April 16th mem-
department to have a cou-
ple of good training oppor-
bers of the Minnedosa Fire tunities.
Department headed out to During Tuesday
the village of Bethany to do night’s excersice, skills
a special, live training ex- such as breaking out win-
ercise. dows to enter a smoke-
A delapidated two- filled home and entering
and-a-half storey brick to locate and rescue oc-
By DARRYL HOLYK home, donated to the de- cupants (a life-size stuffed
partment by Rob Boyd, al- dummy) were carried out

T he justice system can, lowed the firefighters to fill as part of this valuable
at times, be hard to the interior with smoke to training practice.
understand with many replicate an actual burn- In other recent fire
getting off with just a slap ing building. As the old department happenings,
on the wrist. However, house was still structurally this past winter, they se-
earlier this week, justice sound, it provided a great cured the purchase of a
was served for the at- opportunity for firefighters 1996 Freightliner FL-80
tempted murder of RCMP to do some training in an pumper truck that holds
Corporal, Graeme King- actual building with multi- 3,000 gallons of water. This
don. ple rooms and floors. Usu- purchase was recently fi-
On Tuesday, at the ally, the fire department nalized by Town Council at
Minnedosa Court House, uses the sea-can container a cost of $81,360.
Judge John Combs sen- at its ground training site The bonus of this truck
tenced 19-year-old in the Industrial Park. is that it is also set up as
Therae Racette-Beaulieu, “Using an actual house a pumper. This gives the
from Sandy Bay First Na- is a lot better training op- department three pump-
tion, with a total 18-year portunity for the crew as ers and a tanker within its
prison term for his cruel you can go into each room fleet. “The advantage of
and careless actions in and utilize the second this truck is the ability to
August 2018 in which Cpl. floor,” explained Fire Chief have the dual purpose, a
Kingdon was injured by Dean Jordan. “All mem- tanker and pump truck in
gunshot near Onanole. bers go through their level one. The tanker will go to
The sentence in- one training at the college all rural fires along with
cludes 15 years for at- and have the opportunity the fire truck,” said Dean.
tempted murder and to use their burn house for Previously, when in
one-year-and-a-half for training, but to be able to need of additional water
charges related to break do additional trainings is on scene of a fire, the de-
and enter, robbery and always a bonus.” partment was using the
stolen firearms. The time Two old, abandoned Town of Minnedosa water
he has already served houses in Bethany, which truck that only held 800-
in custody since being are located side-by-side, 1,000 gallons of water.
arrested in August was were graciously donated
Photo by Karen Mitchell
factored into the total by Boyd. Both buildings
sentence, leaving Racette- Minnedosa Firefighters practice rescuing a life-size dummy are scheduled to be re- Continued
Beaulieu with just over from the second storey of a smoke-filled house during a live moved during a controlled on Page 9
17 years in prison left to training practice in Bethany last week. burn later in the month.

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