Chief Matt Treit
Notwithstanding the fact there were relatively few (ten) calls in the month of October, members of the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department kept themselves busy with a number of other events. The calls included five First Responder, one vehicle fire, one smell of gas, one report of a brush fire, one public service request, and one request for assistance from the RCMP.
The month started off with a fire drill at TRE which led into Fire Prevention Week. The theme this year was “Preventing Kitchen Fires” and so the messages to the classroom were centred on that topic. Also during Fire Prevention Week, the TRFD took time to discuss ATV safety with the older kids at the elementary school, focussing particularly on riding within one’s skill level, and the importance of wearing a proper helmet. All kindergarten students were given smoke alarms to take home and I hope that they have all been installed by now. Students in all classrooms were encouraged to draw Home Escape Plans with one winning plan being chosen from each class in addition to the overall winner who was Eva Zhydkykh. Congratulations Eva! Eva got to be “Fire Chief for the Day” and was given a ride to and from school that day in a fire truck.
The firefighters spent time selling Fire Truck Mobiles at Shop Easy and managed to raise $306.40 towards Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks to all of those who purchased a mobile and also to Darryl for allowing us to conduct the sales there. The firefighters also helped out with the Pumpkin Patch and provided the Ladder Truck from which to throw pumpkins for the Pumpkin Smash, and they ignited, supervised, and extinguished the fires for the Halloween Bonfire event. In addition, members of the TRFD worked with members of the PRC Mine Rescue Team at our Fire Training Ground.
Training in the month of October included auto-extrication, confined space rescue, initial attack, and fire cause determination. Congratulations to Deputy Vandale, Lieutenant Braam, and Firefighters Beattie, Arnaly and Trudeau who all achieved 100 percent attendance at training this month. Additional training included Firefighters Josh Arnaly and Travis Trudeau traveling to Fort St. James for Live Fire Training. Travis also completed his probation this month and is now a full member of the TRFD. Congratulations Travis! We wish you all the best with the Fire Department.