Fire Department Report: December 2012

Fire Chief Matt Treit

On December 8, the TRFD responded to a fire at the transfer station which is believed to have been caused by someone disposing of woodstove ashes in a garbage bin. Photo supplied.

The last month of 2012 was again a busy month for the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department (TRFD).  The TRFD responded to a total of 21 calls in December, including 15 First Responder calls, three reports of ringing fire alarms, one report of smoke, one fire at the transfer station, and one elevator rescue. 
This brought the annual total to 208 calls for the year of 2012.  This was by far the busiest year in the history of the TRFD and the first time that the firefighters responded to more than 200 calls in a single year.  
Training in the month of December included the topics of ventilation, building inspections, and fighting fires in multi-story buildings.  
Congratulations to Deputy Vandale, Lieutenant Curry, and Firefighters Beale, Beattie, Leach, Thibodeau, Bertrand, Ross, Fry, and Braam who all achieved perfect attendance at training sessions that month.  
A further congratulations goes out to Firefighter Russell Colbourne who has now completed two years with the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department and also to Firefighter Chris Dell who completed his probationary training in December, and is now a full member of the TRFD.
A reminder for those of you with wood burning appliances, to be sure to inspect and clean your flue pipes and chimneys on a regular basis.  Because the burning habits of individuals vary from home to home, it is difficult to give an exact time interval of how often chimneys should be cleaned; however, the British Columbia Fire Code states that, “The presence in a chimney of deposits of soot or creosote in excess of 3 mm (1/8”) thick will indicate the need for immediate cleaning, possible modification of burning procedures, and more frequent inspections.” 
I encourage everyone to check and clean their chimneys and flue pipes on a regular basis to prevent chimney fires which have the potential to lead to more serious fires.  
The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department continues to need more members.  If you are interested in serving your community as a member of this organization, contact the fire hall at 250-242-3939 or stop by for an application.  No experience is necessary.