Six Nations, city, Brant firefighters save family

By Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor

Six Nations Fire Department engines

Six Nations Fire Department engines

OHSWEKEN – Six Nations, Brantford and Brant County firefighters worked together to rescue a family of three trapped in their home by flood water.

“The Six Nations Fire & Emergency Services are always greatly appreciative of the assistance that we receive from our brother and sister firefighters in our neighbouring fire services,” Six Nations fire Chief Matthew Miller said in a news release late Thursday evening.

“But we have been especially appreciative during the time of this state of emergency in the Six Nations community.”

Six Nations firefighters received a call on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. from a family with two adults and one child who were in their home on Fourth Line near Mohawk Road due to severe flooding, Miller said.

An amphibious team of Brantford firefighters was on standby at Six Nations fire station No. 1 to assist during the flood emergency. That unit responded along with the Six Nations crew.

“The first arriving crews reported heavy flood waters covering the road on Fourth Line at Mohawk west toward the location of the trapped family,” said Miller.

Brant firefighters from the Onondaga station were called in to back up the two amphibious teams during the rescue operation.

City and Six Nations firefighters used two ARGO Amphibious all-terrain vehicles to travel through the water toward the family.

The rescue teams were able to gain access through the flood waters to the family and transported them in the amphibious vehicles out of the flooded area an get them to safety,” said Miller.

The family was transported by Six Nations firefighters to family members, where they will be staying for the duration of the flood.