Fire Department Report for October

Matt Treit, Fire Chief

Firefighter Ian Leach assists Sparky to answer some questions from students at Tumbler Ridge Elementary.
The month of October included Fire Prevention Week, and so Sparky and some firefighters spent some time in the elementary school educating the younger grades about fire safety and what it is that firefighters do.  Students in the kindergarten to grade three age range also completed Fire Safety Plans for their homes and submitted them in an effort to win the opportunity to be the Fire Chief for a Day.  
October was a fairly typical month with regards to fire calls, as the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department responded to a total of fourteen calls.  These included eight First Responder calls, two motor vehicle incidents, one brush fire, one report of a smell of gas, and two reports of smoke.  
As of the end of October, the total number of calls to which the TRFD has responded to for 2012 has reached 178. This is the same number of calls to which the TRFD responded in all of 2011, which was a record year, so we are definitely getting busier.   
Training in the month of October included auto-extrication, vehicle stabilization, ventilation, supervising the Halloween bonfire, and public education during Fire Prevention Week.  Congratulations to Deputy Vandale, Lieutenant Curry, and Firefighters Thibodeau, Leach, Braam and Fry who all achieved 100% attendance at fire practices this month.  
A further congratulations goes out to Lieutenant Dustin Curry who has now completed seven years of service with our Fire Department.  
The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department still needs more members! We are looking for individuals who are willing to commit to training and work well as part of a team.  
No experience is necessary and all training is provided free of charge.  If you are interested in joining, please stop by the fire hall or call 242-3939 during regular business hours.