Matt Treit, Fire Chief
During the month of May, the TRFD responded to seven emergencies. These included three First Responder calls, one brush fire, one report of a fire, one report of smoke, and one ATV accident. During the month of June, the TRFD responded to nine emergencies. These included four reports of ringing fire alarms, four First Responder calls, and one motor vehicle accident.
Training in the month of May included the topics of initial attack on burning structures, auto-extrication, and wild land firefighting. Congratulations to Firefighters Chris Dell, Perry Giles, Maurice Thebeau, and Probationary Firefighters Michael Naylor and Larry Laboucan who all achieved 100 percent attendance at training sessions last month.
In the month of June, training included the topics of Initial Attack, Embankment Rescue, Ropes and Knots, and Confined Space Rescue. Congratulations to Firefighters Giles and Thebeau, and to Probationary Firefighters Laboucan and Naylor who all achieved 100 percent attendance at training sessions that month.
The District of Tumbler Ridge has hired a Firesmart Coordinator and over the next couple of months this individual will be visiting private residences in Tumbler Ridge to provide an assessment of wild land fire risks and to offer suggestions on how to mitigate those risks on private property.
Following the wildfire of 2006, which resulted in Tumbler Ridge being evacuated due to that threat, the District took steps towards reducing the threat of wildfires in and around Tumbler Ridge. More recently, the Tumbler Ridge Community Forest has played a role in mitigating the wildfire risk in conjunction with its harvesting operations. These actions have been focused on public, rather than private lands. This program, however, is focused on reducing the wildfire dangers on private property.
This program is not designed as an enforcement tool, but rather to raise awareness about the risk of urban interface wildfires and to help homeowners identify and reduce those risks on their own property. If you would like more information, you can speak with the Firesmart Coordinator when he comes to visit, or contact the fire hall.