Matt Treit, Fire Chief
The month of July saw the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department respond to a total of twelve calls for assistance. These included four First Responder emergencies, four reports of ringing fire alarms, three motor vehicle accidents and one report of smoke.
It is worth noting that in the first six months of 2015, the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department responded to a total of four Motor Vehicle Accidents, and the TRFD then responded to three MVA’s in the month of July.
While weather conditions certainly can contribute to accidents, according to ICBC, the three most common causes of accidents (in order of frequency) are distracted driving, speeding, and driving while impaired.
Accidents from these causes can obviously occur at any time of year, and so it is just as important to be attentive during good driving conditions as it is to be attentive during poor driving conditions. It is also worth mentioning that in all three of the Motor Vehicle Accidents in July, the drivers were wearing seatbelts and all three were able to escape with relatively minor injuries.
Training in the month of July included the topics of auto-extrication, initial attack on structure fires, embankment rescue, vertical ventilation, and second storey rescue.
Congratulations to Firefighter Dell and Probationary Firefighter Laboucan who both achieved 100 percent attendance at fire practices this past month. Firefighter Adam Hall has now completed two years with the TRFD and so congratulations Adam and we hope to have you as part of our organization for many years to come.
Unfortunately, the TRFD also has to say good-bye to one of its members: Christopher Dokkie. Christopher served just over a year with our department and now he and his family are leaving Tumbler Ridge. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Christopher for his service to our community, and wish him and his family all the best in the future.
The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department is continuing to look for new members. As a result of the closure of the mines, our numbers are quite low right now. If you have ever thought about joining the fire department and serving your community, now would be the time to do it. Experience is not necessary. All that we ask that you have a positive attitude and that you are willing to commit to training on a regular basis. Men and women are both welcome. If you have any questions, please stop by the fire hall for more information.