It is a shoulder season right now for your maintenance department; we have the site fairly well packed up for the season and programming is not overly demanding. These are the times we can kick to the surface and catch a breath. This is when I spend some time ignoring the nuts and bolts issues and turn to the Health and Safety file for some updating and preparation.
As it turns out, just before I started this column we had an emergency preparedness drill. I set these things up, usually with a great talent for the most inconvenient timing, at regular intervals throughout the year. Like most things organized by your somewhat bumbling maintenance manager, our drills are a little ragged. However, through some miracle, they are effective and a very important part of the Health and Safety program in this workplace. Let me tell you how these things usually go.
We do at least four drills a year, concentrating on our busy summer months when we have the most staff and visitors, and a higher chance of incident. The winter drill performed at the time of this scratching, concentrates on responding when staffing is at low ebb and weather and communications can be a challenge. I would like to say, dear reader that these drills go like clockwork, but I am sure you know this organization too well to...
I want to talk about those who are actually making the maintenance department tick this summer. I am surrounded by great talent both old and new, both staff and volunteer.
The staff of your maintenance department this season is small but mighty and you could say mighty small. Excluding me, we have a staff of two; Robert, my longstanding part-timer and our new staffer, Bryan McDonald, who is our only full time person. You all know Robert well for his hard work and dedication to this site, but Bryan may be a lesser known commodity to most.
It has been a very rough winter. Did I mention it has been a very tough winter? How tough was it you may ask? Don’t even get me started! I pushed more snow than the Columbia Ice field, snow was so deep the tractor we use to clear it got stuck, frost heaves, ice dams, snow blindness, flooding, metal fatigue, seasonal illness, frost bite and frozen water mains. Like I said …..