February was another active month for members of the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department with the TRFD responding to twenty-two calls during those twenty-eight days. As usual, most of these calls were in response to requests for medical assistance. The firefighters responded to fourteen of these First Responder calls, as well as attending seven calls for ringing fire alarms, and one for a report of fire.
Training in the month of February included the topics of Ventilation, Forcible Entry, Building Construction, and Auto-extrication. Congratulations goes out to Lieutenant Dustin Curry, and Firefighters Doug Beale, Scott Beattie, Ian Leach, Mike Thibodeau, Brandon Braam, Chris Dell, and Probationary Firefighter Brad Elliott who all achieved 100% attendance at training sessions during that month. Congratulations also go out to Firefighter Steve Tory who has now completed one year with the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department. We wish him many more years of service with our organization.
February also saw the Tumbler Ridge Firefighters Association hold their Annual General Meeting. This annual event is used to recognize the accomplishments of Tumbler Ridge Firefighters throughout the year, as well as provide an opportunity to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. As far as the fundraising aspect of the event, this year’s AGM raised $1,420 for MD. The Firefighters will also be selling Shamrocks in the month of March as another way to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. These will be available at Shop Easy, and we would like to thank Darryl for allowing us to use part of the store for this purpose.
Some of the most notable accomplishments in the fire department for 2012 were Firefighter Scott Beattie achieving 500 duty hours, Lieutenant Dustin Curry and Firefighter Mike Thibodeau reaching the milestone of completing 1,000 hours of training with the TRFD. In addition, Lieutenant Dustin Curry also reached the 500 hour plateau in Duty Hours, which are those hours devoted to responding to emergencies, and he was also selected as Firefighter of the Year for 2012. This honour was given to Dustin for outstanding attendance at training sessions and emergency responses, as well as the completion of extra training throughout the year, and meeting all of the criteria necessary to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant within the fire department. Congratulations Dustin on those achievements!
The TRFD is continuing to look for new members. Experience is not necessary. We are looking for members who have a positive attitude and are willing to attend training sessions on a regular basis. If you would like more information about joining the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department, feel free to stop by the hall or call 250-242-3939.