Matt Treit, Fire Chief
The month of April was a fairly average one for the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department which responded to 13 calls during that time. These calls included five First Responder calls, three reports of ringing fire alarms, two motor vehicle incidents, one report of open burning, one investigation of a fire, and one response to a downed tree.
Members of the TRFD, including Sparky, also took part in the Easter activities at the Community Centre, and members of the Fire Department took time this past month to assist with teaching CPR to one of the classes at the high school. Training in the month of April included the topics of initial fire attack, communication, and wildland firefighting.
Congratulations to Deputy Vandale, Captain Curry, Lieutenant Braam, Firefighters Thibodeau and Ross, and probationary Firefighters Laboucan and Pittman who all achieved 100% attendance at training sessions this past month. In addition, Firefighter Chris Dell has now completed three years with TRFD. Congratulations Chris, and we hope to see you as part of the organization for many years to come.
Although it does not look like it at the time of writing this article, we are at the point in the year when grass fires and forest fires begin to become a concern due to the drier weather and the fact that more people are heading into the back country for recreational purposes. Always be cautious with campfires and ensure that they are being supervised by an adult while they are burning, and that they are fully extinguished when they are no longer being supervised.
With regards to backyard campfires, these are permitted within the town of Tumbler Ridge as long as they comply with the requirements of the local Fire Services Bylaw. This information is available by contacting the Fire Department. As the month of May progresses, the three forest fire danger rating signs for Tumbler Ridge will be updated by the Fire Department on a regular basis. One sign is located on Highway 29 near Flatbed Campground, a second sign is located on Highway 52 North just as you leave town for Dawson Creek, and the third sign is located at the Fire Department itself. In the event of a campfire ban, signs indicating that there is a ban in place will be posted at these locations. More information on the fire danger rating and restrictions on campfires can be found at www.bcwildfire.ca.
The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department is always looking for new members who would like to serve the community of Tumbler Ridge. If you are a person of good character who works well as part of a team and has a positive attitude, we would like to hear from you. Stop by for an application or call 250-242-3939 for more information.