Matt Treit, Fire Chief
The month of June was a fairly busy one for the TRFD which responded to fourteen calls for assistance during that time. These calls included eight First Responder (medical) calls, two activated carbon monoxide alarms, two reports of ringing fire alarms, one report of fire in a BC Hydro electrical vault and one ATV accident.
Training in the month of June included the topics of Rapid Intervention Teams, Initial attack on fires, and the annual TRFD physical stress test. In addition to the weekly training, there were two special training events: one was a mock motor vehicle accident at the high school which was organized by the RCMP, and the other was confined space training. The confined space training involved three full days in some very hot weather, and I would like to thank all those members who gave up their weekend to participate in this training. Congratulations to Deputy Vandale, Lieutenant Braam, Firefighters Dell, Hall, and Giles, as well as Probationary Firefighter Laboucan who all achieved 100% attendance at training this past month.
Members of the fire department also donated their time to set up and facilitate the annual fireworks display. A new system for firing the fireworks was used this year and that resulted in a few problems. As a result, not all of the fireworks fired when they were supposed to fire, and so they had to be ignited by hand following the main part of the fireworks show.
As this is the time of year where backyard fires become common, I want to remind everyone of the requirements for those fire pits. Campfires are permitted only on private land and the fire pit is to be no more than one meter in diameter and should be three meters away from combustible structures such as fences and buildings.
Fire pits are to be permanent and dug down to the mineral soil. (Portable fire pits such as Chimineas are permitted provided that they are used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.) The material in the fire pit is not to be piled more than 60 centimeters high and there needs to be a means of extinguishment such as a garden hose available while the fire is burning. Please ensure that the fire is constantly supervised by an adult until it is fully extinguished.
As of noon on July 3, 2015, a campfire ban is in effect throughout the Prince George Fire Centre. This also includes open fires and fireworks. At the time of writing this article, the ban does not apply to proper (as described earlier) campfires within the town site of Tumbler Ridge, i.e. a person’s own backyard, but does apply to all crown land outside of the town site including Flatbed campground. If you require further information about this, please do not hesitate to contact the fire department or the BC Wildfire Management Branch.
The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department is continuing to look for new members. If you are a person of good character and you are willing to commit to being part of a team to serve your community, please stop by the fire hall for an application.