August Fire Department Report

Matt Treit


The month of August came in like a lion and went out like a lamb for the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department (TRFD).

In the first half of the month, the TRFD responded to 19 calls, and in the last half of the month there were only three emergencies requiring the attendance of the fire department. Of those 22 calls in August, there were 11 First Responder (medical) calls, four activated fire alarms, three motor vehicle incidents, two reports of smoke, one gas leak and one ATV accident. As of the end of August, 2013, the TRFD has responded to 133 emergencies so far this year.

Training in the month of August included embankment rescue, initial attack on a structure fire, hose testing, and the TRFD also hosted its annual Family Practice where firefighters are encouraged to bring their spouses, children and other family members to fire practice to give them a better idea of what happens there every Wednesday night.

Congratulations to Deputy Diana Vandale, Lieutenant Brandon Braam, and Firefighter Josh Arnaly who all achieved 100 percent attendance at training sessions during this month.

Congratulations also goes out to Firefighter Doug Beale who celebrated his fourteenth year on the fire department on August 25, and we hope to see Doug on the fire department for at least another 14 years.

As with much of the rest of the province, it has been a fairly uneventful summer around Tumbler Ridge with regards to wild fires. Having said that, there is a stretch of warm, dry weather predicted over the next week. The wildfire danger rating is predicted to go up to “high” during that time, and so it is still important to be cautious with the use of fires in the outdoors.

The Tumbler Ridge Firefighters also conducted their annual Muscular Dystrophy Boot Drive during the month of August.  This year the firefighters raised $1249.40 towards finding a cure for neuromuscular disorders.  The firefighters of Tumbler Ridge would like to thank all those who contributed to this very worthwhile cause.