LODD Announcement

Members of the AFCA:

The Town of Castor has issued the following statement about a LODD which occurred Friday evening:

"It is heavy heart that I write this message today.

On the evening of February 4th our Fire Department was called out to a motor vehicle accident on secondary 599. The roads were extremely icy, and travel was hazardous. However, as our firemen always go above and beyond the call of duty, they went out despite the conditions.

One of our trucks lost control on the ice and rolled. As a result, our Fire Chief, Patrick Kelly was injured, we pray for his speedy recovery. Tragically Fire Fighter Stephen Rayfield did not survive the horrific event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rayfield family.

This has been a traumatic event for all our fire fighters and their families. So please support them in any ways you can in the coming days.

Mayor Richard Elhard
Deputy Mayor Trudy Kilner
Councillors: Brenda Wismer, Kevin McDgouall, Don Sisson, Shawn Peach, Cecil Yates."

The Board and staff of the AFCA offer our prayers and support to the family of Firefighter Stephen Rayfield and to the family of Chief Patrick Kelly.  Our Region 6 Director has learned that Chief Kelly was released from the Red Deer hospital this evening.

Our Executive Committee was informed of this incident this morning, and steps were taken to ensure that necessary supports had been put in place.  It was confirmed that CISM teams had been contacted and that regional fire departments were ready to take all Castor fire calls.  Region 4 Director Mike Fundytus has been in contact locally.  The AFCA will continue to monitor this situation.

As always, please hold these people in your thoughts and prayers.

We have received messages of support for both the President and the Executive Director of the CAFC, and pass these on to the members of the Castor Fire Department.

Fred Tyrrell

Executive Director

Alberta Fire Chiefs Association