WATCH: In the wake of the tragic double fatal fire on a Saskatchewan First Nation this week, questions are being asked about the quality of volunteer firefighting right down to the equipment. Wendy Winiewski reports.
LOON LAKE, Sask. – Saskatchewan’s child advocate is calling on aboriginal and government leaders to work together to improve fire safety on reserves.
Bob Pringle says the deaths of two young children in a house fire earlier this week has added to his stress on the long-standing issue.
He says children have a right to be safe in their homes and adults need to stop finger-pointing about who’s responsible for fire protection.
A two-year-old boy and his 18-month-old sister were killed Tuesday in a fire on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan reserve.
The First Nation had a working fire truck, but no proper equipment or a trained crew to use it.
The band had hired the volunteer fire department in a neighbouring village, but was cut off after it stopped paying its firefighting bills.