First Responders Join Forces in Muskoka

Posted On Tuesday December 17, 2019

First Responders Join Forces in Muskoka

A United Front to Combat Impaired Driving


Gravenhurst, ON - Drivers in Gravenhurst who encounter a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) Spot Check this festive season may see more than police officers out combating impaired driving. Other first responders are joining ranks with the Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.) to send a strong message discouraging impaired driving.

“Our firefighters often see the tragic results of someone’s choice to drink and drive when we’re called upon to perform a rescue following a collision, so we want to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters in blue that this is not acceptable here,” said Gravenhurst Fire Chief Larry Brassard. “Our firefighters would far rather invest our time in spreading the message of safety than putting their rescue skills into action, so this is a way we can do just that.”

“Our officers will be out in force as usual this festive season, and no one should be surprised that we’ll be setting up R.I.D.E. Spot Checks morning, noon or night,” said Constable Samantha Bigley of the Bracebridge Detachment of the O.P.P.  “Having the other first responders join us, sends a strong visual message of unity that we’re all committed to keeping our communities safe,” she said.

Impaired driving, including being impaired by drug use, remains a serious problem in Muskoka. Bracebridge O.P.P report that so far this year, 136 charges have been laid in their detachment area alone. “Everything our communities can do to prevent even one tragedy is important.”



For more information, please contact:


Samantha Bigley, Constable, Ontario Provincial Police Bracebridge,



Larry Brassard, Fire Chief - Gravenhurst Fire Department,