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March 7, 2007
Thinking Warm
A group of girls dressed in Hawaiian style clothing kept warm by performing in front of friends and family who were in the stands on Sunday afternoon, March 4 as the Provost Figure Skating Club staged its annual carnival. ©Provost News Photo.
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Burning Old Farmhouse Used to Teach Firefighting
An old farmhouse that had recently been vandalized was torched to get rid of it—but was also used as a joint exercise to teach firemen how fire develops and what to watch for, says fire chief Barry Johnstone.

The abandoned farmhouse site used by Ed Coulombe years ago (and now owned by Lorne Olson, approximately seven miles north west of town) drew volunteer firefighters from both Provost and Wainwright for a learning session on Wednesday night, February 28.

“There’s a lot more to it than people think” says Johnstone, referring to the intricacies of how a fire develops, builds and how to combat it. He adds that some may think they are playing but “it’s a learning experience.”

Fireman Dave Johnstone said that it is a good experience for the firemen.

They said that after an old mattress had gasoline poured on it, firemen ventured into the main floor of the house to see the flames licking up the walls and onto the ceiling. Barry Johnstone says that at first it’s not the actual material that is on fire, but rather the gases being given off by the materials such as wood that is burning. As smoke fills the ceiling and begins to descend down the walls, a critical temperature is eventually reached. There is a “superheating” and instant eruption of flames when more gases ignite.

The Johnstones told The Provost News in an interview that firemen have to clearly understand fire first, before it can be put out.
Hand-held temperature detectors brought by the firemen showed the temperature on clothing worn by those nearby outside the building was 70 degrees Celsius. When the electronic unit was pointed towards the burning farmhouse the temperature very quickly showed 600 degrees Celsius—as high as the instrument registers. The fire chief estimates the true temperature inside the inferno “could have been 1,000 degrees Celsius.”

Partway through the supervised burning a raccoon came running from the building and 10 minutes later another raccoon was forced out and also ran into the bushes.

Firemen had gone through the building before it was ignited but did not see any animals. Nor did they find any cans that later caught everyone by surprise with noises when they exploded. “It was loud.”

At the late stages of the fire, those present were treated to blue and green flames as some other materials in the basement and upstairs areas started burning. Some speculated it was copper pipes. Coal in the basement was also burning.

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Blades Knocked Out of Hockey Playoffs
The Greenhead Blades senior hockey team have been knocked out of playoff action by Daysland. The local hockey team lost in Provost when they hosted Daysland with a score of 6 - 2.

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STA Hosts Basketball Tournament
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "What’s the Best Way to Control Bullying?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Anne Fraser, Clint Laye, Lynn Paulgaard, Bret Klein, and Kari-Lynn Putz.
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