Fighting Fires From a Mile Above the Ground to a Mile Below
This monument is a Tribute to Northern Firefighters and rescue personnel. This is the only multi-disciplinary statue of its kind in North America representing the world class capability of our firefighters. Seven figures are shown – 2 municipal fire fighters, 2 forest fire fighters, 2 mine rescue personnel and 1 pilot. Plus a water bomber and a helitac crew is shown on the base.
The “sweet spot” location for this statue overlooks the Thompson Fire Hall, the smoke stack at Vale Inco’s mine, and the Burntwood River where water bombers can land, and that connects to our neighbouring Aboriginal communities of Nelson House and Split Lake where many excellent forest fire fighters live. Air, land, and water are all connected at this scenic viewpoint overlooking Ravine Park and the next point of interest, the Bailey Bridge.
- Five diff erent types of fire fighters serve the Thompson area: municipal, forest, mine rescue, air fire fighters such as helitac crews and water bombers.
- Only in the Thompson region can they can fight fires and provide rescue… “From a mile above the ground to a mile below”.
- Experienced Northern Manitoba forest fire fighters are called to help fight fires in Canada and the USA.
- Trained volunteers act in an auxiliary capacity in many northern communities.
- Thompson’s Fire College provides training for fire fighters, paramedics, mine rescue, etc.
- Manitoba has over 1000 municipal firefighters and 1000 forest firefighters.
- Over 70 fire fighters have been killed in the line of action.
- Manitoba was the first province that initiated presumptive legislation to compensate firefighters for health issues that is attributed to harmful exposure to toxic chemicals during their line of work.