Don't tell Zaynah Chomos women shouldn't be firefighters. The Nacmine resident received her mug on the weekend after passing her six month probation with the Drumheller Fire Department.
"She is really a certified 1001 Part 1 and 2 firefighter; she's taken all the courses on her own over the last year or so," outlined Fire Chief Bruce Wade, who noted Chomas is the second woman to work out of the Drumheller Fire Hall, the other being Laura Hegberg. "There is one female member in East Coulee: Pearl Pugh has been a member out there for years."
Saturday's annual Fire Department Awards Banquet also saw the handing out of a couple awards, including the Rollie Yavis Award, which went to Rick Schinnour.
"Rollie was a captain of the fire department for quite a few years," explained Wade. "He had the axe displayed in Yavis Restaurant for a number of years and when he passed, the family donated it back to the fire department and we created the Rollie Yavis Award for extra work that members do around the hall on their own time."
The other award, the Mayor's Award, went to Keith Hodgson.
"Mayor Bill Doucette created it way back in 1980 and it's awarded to the firefighter with the highest attendance at fire calls," noted Wade. "We're lucky that our employers of all our members allow the guys to leave their jobs to respond to calls."
The next major scheduled callout for the Drumheller Fire Department will come in May when they hold an impact presentation with the RCMP and local EMS.