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By the numbers: Firefighting on Manitoba reserves

There is no written fire protection plan on 93 per cent of Manitoba First Nations. RCMP

WINNIPEG – Here are some facts about fires and fire protection on Manitoba reserves:

14 per cent: First Nations that don’t have sufficient amount of fire hose.

50 per cent: First Nations that don’t know how much their fire department’s budget is.

$18.50: Per-capita fire protection budget of five Manitoba reserves with about 13,000 people.

$51.70: Per-capita fire protection budget of five municipalities with about 13,000 people.

39 per cent: First Nations that don’t have a fire hall.

28 per cent: First Nations that don’t have a fire truck.

11 per cent: First Nations that have a fire education program.

93 per cent: First Nations that have no written fire protection plan.

$28 million: What the federal government estimates is needed to reduce fatal fires on Manitoba reserves.

$2.5 million: What Manitoba reserves get directly each year for fire protection services.

Three per cent: Fires in Manitoba that occurred on reserves in 2010.

55 per cent: Fire fatalities in Manitoba that occurred on reserves in 2010.

67 per cent: First Nations that have a mutual firefighting aid agreement with a neighbouring community.

24 per cent: First Nations that have those agreements in writing.

READ MORE: Fatalities illustrate Manitoba reserves’ poor firefighting capability

(Sources: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner)

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