Matt Treit, Fire Chief
The month of May was a fairly average one for the TRFD. The fire department responded to fourteen calls which included one report of smoke, two grass fires, one report of fire, and ten First Responder calls. Training in the month of May included the topics of wildfire fighting, hazardous materials operations, and spinal injury management. Congratulations to Deputy Vandale, Lieutenant Braam, Firefighters Thibodeau, Fry, Dell and Trudeau, and Probationary Firefighters Hall, Dokkie and Knight who all achieved 100% attendance at training sessions this month.
Unfortunately, due to economic circumstances we are losing one of our newest firefighters. Firefighter Josh Arnaly has been transferred from Tumbler Ridge as a result of the halt to the Quintette mining operation, and thus has had to resign from the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department. Josh had just completed his first year with the fire department and I would like to thank Josh for his contribution to the TRFD and we will hopefully see him back here sometime in the future.
It is with regret that the TRFD has said goodbye to one of its long-serving members. Firefighter Ian Leach has resigned from the department after more than twelve years of service to the department and to the community of Tumbler Ridge. During his time with the TRFD, Ian spent more than 500 hours responding to emergencies, and more than 1500 hours participating in training. His positive attitude around the hall will be greatly missed, and on behalf of the TRFD and the District of Tumbler Ridge, I would like to thank Ian for his service and wish him all the best in the future.
With the warmer weather, there has been an increase in ATV use and this would seem an appropriate time to remind everyone about the importance of riding safely. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to wear a properly fitting and approved helmet. In addition, it is important that individuals ride within their limits: this includes riding an ATV of the appropriate size that the rider can control even when something unexpected happens; it also includes riding at an appropriate speed, and parents may want to consider installing a speed governor on an ATV if it does not already have one, and it includes riding on terrain that is appropriate to the experience level and skill level of the operator. So far in 2014, the TRFD has responded to only two ATV accidents, and without sounding overly optimistic, let’s hope those are the only two for this year.
The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department is currently seeking new members. If you have a positive attitude and work well as part of a team, we would like to hear from you. Previous experience is not necessary. If you are interested, please stop by the fire hall during regular business hours for more information or call us at 250-242-3939.