Size-up
Written by Rob Evans
April 11, 2014, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – Our jobs are filled with emotions: some good, some bad and yesterday, for me, there were a spectrum of feelings after hearing of the death of former finance minister Jim Flaherty, who died suddenly Thursday afternoon at his Ottawa home.
Written by Rob Evans
Feb. 4, 2014, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – It’s GROUNDHOG DAY! OK, by the time you read this it won’t be, but as the pager was waking me from my hibernation on Sunday morning for a medical co-response, Wiarton Willie, Balzac Billy, Puxatawney Phil and Schubenacadie Sam had all given their forecasts for the remaining lifespan of the winter season.
Written by Rob Evans
Jan. 28, 2014, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – It was just a few hours after I finished my last blog – about my kids, moose and being careful about what I say – that tragedy struck in L’Isle-Verte, Que.
Written by Rob Evans
Jan. 23, 2014, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – A couple of weeks ago, my middle offspring, Nick, was talking about the animal he was studying in school when he said that he had corrected the teacher about the name of a moose: he told her they were actually called swamp donkeys.
Written by Rob Evans
Nov. 29, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – When I was a kid, growing up in southern Ontario, I used to love going to Canada’s Wonderland with family and friends and riding the roller coasters endlessly, in particular, the Mindbuster, with its height and the speed at which the cars would travel around the track. The past month my life, it seems, has been quite the thrill ride, with the ups and downs of a roller coaster.
Written by Rob Evans
Oct. 10, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – I have been doing a little bit of reflection since getting home from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Fire-Rescue Canada conference in Regina a couple of weeks ago. I have mainly been reflecting about my family, my personal accomplishments, my career and my department, Redwood Meadows Emergency Services (RMES).
Written by Rob Evans
Sept. 20, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. - I have said it before: we all think we live in the best town in the country. Wherever you hang your hat, you should be proud to call it the best place in Canada. In the last couple of weeks, I was reminded how much I miss my childhood home of Erin, Ont., when I visited during a business trip for the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
Written by Rob Evans
Sept. 5, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – It feels like it has been a while since I last blogged. Actually, it has been. Things have been just a little busy around the job, house and fire station over the summer. But I did write the cover story for the August issue of Fire Fighting in Canada – on the floods here in Alberta – so I haven’t exactly been away.
Written by Rob Evans
Aug. 1, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. - Normalcy. Is there really anything normal about our jobs?
Written by Rob Evans
July 10, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – After the past two weeks in our part of the word, writing about anything other than flooding seems to be, well, boring. There have been other incidents that needed our attention; a number of motor vehicle collisions, hazardous materials cleanups, medical co-responses, a house fire. But the flooding was the biggest natural disaster to hit our area and surely it will be the talk around these parts for some time to come.
Written by Rob Evans
June 18, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – Last week was another eye-opening week for me when it comes to the fire service. It started out at the Calgary Multi-agency Training Centre on Monday when my dad accompanied me as I was presented my exemplary service medal. I have now been in the fire service for 21 years and I really never thought I would be where I am now when I started at Redwood Meadows Emergency Services (RMES).
Written by Rob Evans
June 7, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. - While traveling to and from the Alberta fire chiefs show in Red Deer last week, about a 90-minute trip each way, I found myself checking in along the way on social media sites. Mostly I was doing this to annoy a co-worker at Public Safety Communications in Calgary, who finally noticed and called me a couple of choice words. It really is fun having friends at work who do not take themselves too seriously and can laugh with you.
Written by Rob Evans
May 30, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – I had one of the scariest moments in my life this week. It was not a big fire, or a serious medical call, or arriving first on scene in my personal vehicle with no equipment to help. No, it was my first ever presentation to colleagues at the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association’s conference in Red Deer.
Written by Rob Evans
May 28, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – During my last night shift at Public Safety Communications in Calgary last Thursday, I was sitting at EMS dispatch watching the clock around 4 a.m., with less than two hours to go in my shift. I was hoping that my upcoming days off would be quiet, even though I was scheduled to be our on duty officer for the weekend. Wanting to put the final touches on my presentation for the Alberta Fire Chiefs conference, I had no idea that the weekend would be so busy.
Written by Rob Evans
May 15, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – Wow, I am just full of blog posts this week. It must be the 20-plus degree weather that has finally arrived in our neck of the woods. However, during the recent training at Redwood Meadows Emergency Services (RMES), we were all bundled up with the temperature hovering around the freezing mark. Good thing, I guess, because we were running some ice-rescue drills. And besides, cold weather makes watching the Stanley Cup a little easier to take – for those of us without a team in the second season.
Written by Rob Evans
May 13, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – Absence makes the heart grow fonder. I hope that is true because it feels like forever since I blogged last. Laura would surely be on me more if she herself would have been in the office for more than a day in the last month. The work/life balance has been a struggle of late and the blogging lost out. But, here I am on scene and I hope I have not forgotten how to do a Size-up.
Written by Rob Evans
April 1, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – My last blog was a preview of the Canadian Association of Fire Chief’s (CAFC) government relations week. It was a busy week of meetings with MPs and government officials, not to mention lots of time spent with other Canadian fire chiefs discussing issues important to the Canadian fire service.
Written by Rob Evans
March 12, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – After one more night shift it will officially be my first week of holidays for 2013. But they won’t be days off to sit back and relax. After dealing with a pumper that needs to have the packing replaced and a couple of other Redwood Meadows Emergency Services things, I am going to have to start packing.
Written by Rob Evans
March 6, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – Already it's two months into 2013 and this year is turning out to be what seems to be one of the most tragic in recent memory for fire deaths in Canada. Towards the end of January, I wrote that the Canadian fire service needs to take a stronger stance on fire safety and I will continue to talk about it: this topic needs to continue and it needs to reach all of our residents and become water-cooler subject matter, or more people will die. 
Written by Rob Evans
Feb. 20, 2013, Redwood Meadows, Alta. – Sunday was a busy day for the crews at Redwood Meadows Emergency Services, but not as you would expect. This Family Day weekend, we carried on with a tradition that started a few years ago with a big brunch for the families of our members. We also started what we hope will become a new annual event: a hockey game against the local community team, and later taking to the ice against the kids.
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