Fire Department Report

Matt Treit, Fire Chief

Firefighter Doug Beale uses a propane torch to start a grease fire for a demonstration at the Fire Department open house.
The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department (TRFD) continues to be busy and responded to 21 calls in the month of September. As usual, the largest portion of the calls is made up by First Responder (medical) calls which totalled twelve last month. In addition, the TRFD responded to three brush fires, one report of fire, one report of ringing fire alarms, one ATV accident, one gas leak, one vehicle fire, and a fire at the transfer station. 
Training included the topics of embankment rescue, auto-extrication, First Responder training in conjunction with STARS, and the department also hosted its annual Family Practice where the spouses and children of the firefighters come and see what happens there every Wednesday night. 
Congratulations to Deputy Vandale, Lieutenant Curry, and Firefighters Beale, Leach, Braam, Fry and Tory for achieving 100 percent attendance at practices during the month. Congratulations are also extended to Firefighter Darcey Knittle who has completed one year of service with the TRFD, and to Firefighter Cristal Bertrand who has completed seven years of service with the TRFD. We look forward to both of you having many more years of service with our organization. 
The TRFD also hosted an Open House on September 22 and it was attended by approximately 100 people. Visitors were able to climb the aerial ladder on the ladder truck, use a fire hose, try on some firefighting gear, and watch demonstrations on auto-extrication and the correct way and incorrect way to extinguish a stove-top grease fire. 
Hot dogs were provided to the visitors and we would like to thank Shop Easy for the donation of the hot dogs/buns, condiments and drinks for the event. October 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week this year and the theme is “Have Two Ways Out” with reference to your Home Fire Escape Plan. This is a good time to check that your smoke alarms are working properly, and to change the batteries.
The TRFD needs more members. Experience is not necessary, but we do ask that you are willing to commit to training and that you work well as part of a team. Men and women are both welcome. 
If you are interested in serving your community this way, please stop by the fire hall for an application or to ask any questions that you may have.