August Fire Department Report

Matt Treit, Fire Chief


During the month of August, the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department responded to thirteen calls. These included one report of ringing fire alarms, one structure fire, one report of a forest fire, one motor vehicle incident, and nine First Responder calls.

Training in the month of August included embankment rescue, initial attack, fire investigation, second storey rescue, and the annual family practice. Congratulations to Deputy Vandale and Probationary Firefighters Laboucan and Pittman who all achieved 100 percent attendance at practices this month.

The month of August also saw the TRFD participate in the annual Muscular Dystrophy Boot Drive. Despite the difficult current economic times, the residents of Tumbler Ridge and those visiting for Grizfest donated a total of $1796.76. Thanks to all of those who supported this very worthy cause.

The end of the month of August also saw the fire department say good-bye to one of our probationary members. Larry Laboucan will be moving to Ontario to attend university there. We thank Larry for his time on the department, and wish him all the best in the future.

Used properly, fire extinguishers can save lives and property by extinguishing small fires before they become big fires. While there is no legal requirement to have a fire extinguisher in a residence, as there is for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, but they are certainly a good idea to have.

Almost all fire extinguishers for sale today contain multipurpose dry chemical which means that they are effective on Class A (ordinary combustibles), Class B (flammable liquids), and Class C (energized electrical equipment) fires. Extinguishers are also available in a variety of sizes, although while a larger extinguisher can obviously extinguish a larger fire, it will also be heavier and more cumbersome to operate, so before you purchase an extinguisher, make sure that you are able to hold and operate it. The instructions to maintain and use the extinguisher will be included with the extinguisher and it is important to read and understand these prior to the time when the extinguisher is actually needed, but always remember the acronym PASS (Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle or hose, Squeeze the lever, Sweep back and forth). And if you do need to use an extinguisher, always call the fire department to make sure that the fire is completely extinguished.

The TRFD is continuing to recruit new members to join our organization. If you are interested in serving your community in this way, please contact the fire hall for more information. This can be done by stopping by during regular business hours, or by calling 250-242-3939. Experience is not necessary and both men and women are welcome to apply.