Fire Department Report: February 2016

Matt Treit, Fire Chief

The month of February was a very slow one for the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department which responded to only three calls, making it the slowest month since April of 2007.

The three calls included one First Responder call, one structure fire, and one chimney fire. Training in February focused on First Responder training and evaluation as well as spinal immobilization. Congratulations to Deputy Vandale, Captain Curry, and Firefighters Giles, Pittman and Thebeau who all achieved 100 percent attendance at the practice sessions in February.

The month of February saw the Tumbler Ridge Firefighters hold their Annual General Meeting. This is a time each year when the firefighters are recognized for both the service that they have provided over the previous year as well as throughout their time with the TRFD.

In addition to the firefighters, the event is also attended by other emergency service workers and invited guests.  The Annual General Meeting this year raised $1160 for Muscular Dystrophy through the silent auction of various items.

There are currently fourteen members on the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department with a total of more than 106 years of service to the town of Tumbler Ridge. Individually, the service is broken down as follows:

Currently in their first year of service

  • Firefighter Kevin Pittman
  • Firefighter Maurice Thebeau
  • Probationary Firefighter Derek Blackwell

Completed years of service

  • 1 year       Firefighter Perry Giles
  • 2 years     Firefighter Adam Hall
  • 3 years     Firefighter Chris Dell
  • 6 years     Lieutenant Brandon Braam
  • 6 years     Firefighter Don Ross
  • 10 years   Captain Dustin Curry
  • 11 years   Firefighter Mike Thibodeau
  • 14 years   Firefighter Scott Beattie
  • 16 years   Firefighter Doug Beale
  • 21 years   Deputy Chief Diana Vandale
  • 22 years   Fire Chief Matt Treit

I would like to thank everyone for their continued service to the community.

The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department still needs more members. If you work well as part of a team and are willing to commit to training, we would like to hear from you, so stop by the fire hall for an application.