Sixteen students graduate with firefighting credentials from Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service’s new diversity and equity training program

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on Logan Avenue and Barnes Street


Released: 9:41 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to two structure fires.

Logan Avenue Fire

At 8:06 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, the WFPS responded to a monitored fire alarm in a single-storey industrial structure in the 1900 block of Logan Avenue.

When crews arrived at the scene, there was significant smoke in the structure which had triggered the sprinkler system. Crews were alerted to a machinery fire and an injured individual who had been helped outside by other building occupants.

Crews tended to the patient, while additional crews simultaneously launched an offensive fire attack, declaring the fire under control at 8:41 p.m. On-scene paramedics transported the injured individual to hospital in unstable condition. No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage estimates are not available at this time.

Barnes Street Fire

At 1:43 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2022, the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a four-storey residential building under construction in the 0 to 100 block of Barnes Street. 

Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered smoke coming from the structure. An offensive attack was launched and the fire was declared under control at 2:09 a.m.

A search of the building was completed and no occupants were found. No injuries were reported.

The fire remains under investigation at this time. Damage estimates are not available.

Sixteen students graduate with firefighting credentials from Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service’s new diversity and equity training program

Diversity, equity and inclusion program aims to reduce barriers for prospective firefighters in Winnipeg

Released: 3:22 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) extends warm congratulations to the 16 graduates of the first year of the Diversity and Equity Fire Training (DEFT) program. 

Today, the WFPS held a formal graduation ceremony at the Winnipeg Fire Fighters Museum to honour the graduates who have all attained the Manitoba Emergency Services College’s (MESC) Firefighter I and II certification, which are minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for a firefighter position in Winnipeg.

“I’d like to offer warmest congratulations to the graduates of the Diversity and Equity Fire Training program,” said Sherri Rollins, Chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “I hope you consider the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service as a potential employer in the future and I wish you every success as you continue working to achieve your career goals.”

“I am honoured to congratulate the graduates on their accomplishments after a year of very hard work amid many other responsibilities and commitments in their lives. I wish each graduate success as they continue on their path to becoming a professional firefighter in Winnipeg,” said Christian Schmidt, Fire & Paramedic Chief, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.

This training has traditionally required full-time schooling in-person at the MESC in Brandon, Manitoba for 9 months. This new program provides an opportunity for Winnipeg residents from designated equity groups to train in the evenings in Winnipeg for 12 months, eliminating traditional room and board costs and reducing the barriers associated with fees, time, and transportation required to become certified as a firefighter.

“We hope this program helps reduce barriers for prospective firefighters from diverse backgrounds in Winnipeg, and that we see more applicants from varying backgrounds as a result,” said Schmidt.

While registration for the 2022-23 class is full, residents can apply for future years. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit winnipeg.ca/fps/careers for more information about how to apply for the program.

Upcoming temporary road closures in the Downtown area in the coming days


Released: 4:09 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – There are a number of upcoming planned temporary road closures in the Downtown area in the coming days.

Motorists are advised to allow additional travel time use altnerate routes to their destinations while the closures are in effect, and download the Waze app in advance and use it for real-time traffic updates.

Transit service will also be rerouted to accommodate the closures. Riders are advised to follow @TransitAlerts on Twitter for details and updates, and to check schedules before heading out.

Princess Street

Princess Street, from Bannatyne Avenue to McDermot Avenue, is closed effective immediately until Tuesday, October 4 at 8 p.m. for watermain repairs.

Survivors Walk

A number of roads will intermittently close on Friday, September 30 from approximately 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., including:

  • York Avenue, from Edmonton Street to Carlton Street
  • Edmonton Street, from York Avenue to Portage Avenue
  • Eastbound Portage Avenue, from Edmonton Street to Main Street
  • Southbound Main Street, from Portage Avenue to York Avenue

Edmonton Street

Edmonton Street, from Qu’Appelle Avenue to Sargent Avenue, will be closed on Friday, September 30 at 8 p.m. until Monday, October 3 at 7 a.m. for a special event.

Qu’Appelle Avenue

Qu’Appelle Avenue, from Carlton Street to Edmonton Street, will close Friday, September 30 at 8 p.m. until Monday, October 3 at 7 a.m. for a special event.

Graham Avenue

Graham Avenue, from Donald Street to Carlton Street, will close Saturday, October 1 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. for a special event.

Hargrave Street

Hargrave Street, from St. Mary Avenue to Portage Avenue, will close Saturday, October 1 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. for a special event.

Northbound Israel Asper Way

Northbound Israel Asper Way, from York Avenue to William Stephenson Way, will close Sunday, October 2 from 5 a.m. until noon for a special event.

Northbound Waterfront Drive

Northbound Waterfront Drive, from Pioneer Avenue to James Avenue, will close Sunday, October 2 from 5 a.m. until noon for a special event.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg – Regional Lane Closures.


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