April Fire Department Report

Matt Treit, Fire Chief

The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department responded to eleven calls in April of this year. These included five reports of ringing fire alarms, four First Responder calls, one motor vehicle accident, and one activated Carbon Monoxide detector.

Training in the month of April included auto-extrication, CPR, Confined Space Rescue, and preparation for the wildland fire season. Congratulations to Captain Dustin Curry, and Firefighters Ian Leach, Don Ross, Dwayne Fry, Brandon Braam, Steve Tory and Chris Dell who all achieved 100% attendance at training sessions this past month.

A further congratulation goes out to Captain Dustin Curry for his recent promotion to the rank of Captain. He is the first member of the fire department since 2001 to achieve this rank. Compliments also go out to Firefighter Chris Dell who has now completed one year of service with the TRFD. We would like to welcome our newest recruit, Pat Nash, to our department and we wish him many years of good service with our department. The fire department also spent some time this past month at Tumbler Ridge Secondary School assisting with CPR training there.

We are at the point in the year when grass fires and forest fires begin to become a concern and also the point where 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. More information on the fire danger rating and restrictions on campfires can be found at www.bcwildfire.ca.

The week of May 5–11 is Emergency Preparedness Week which is a time when everyone should ensure that they are prepared to look after themselves and their families for a minimum of 72 hours in the event of a disaster or large scale emergency. There is information available regarding emergency kits and emergency planning at the following websites: www.getprepared.gc.ca and www.pep.bc.ca.

The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department is always looking for new members. If you have a positive attitude and are willing to commit to regular training, we would like to hear from you. No previous experience is necessary. Please stop by the fire hall or call 250-242-3939 for more information