September Fire Department Report

Fire Chief Matt Treit


The month of September was a slow one for the TRFD with only eleven emergency responses during those 30 days. These included two reports of ringing fire alarms and nine First Responder calls.

Training in the month of September included the topics of ventilation, initial attack on structure fires, auto-extrication, embankment rescue, and the rescue of individuals trapped in elevators. Congratulations to Captain Curry, Lieutenant Braam, and Firefighters Beale, Leach, Knittle, Dell, Arnaly, and Probationary Firefighter Trudeau who all achieved 100 percent attendance at practice sessions during the month of September.

Congratulations also goes out to Firefighter Darcy Knittle who has now completed two years with the TRFD and Firefighter Cristal Bertrand who has now served eight years with our department. The Fire Department also conducted a fire drill at TRSS and of course took part in the Fire Truck Pull at the beginning of the month.

As winter approaches, many people will be firing up their woodstoves to keep their homes warm. It is important to remember to keep your woodstove chimney clean in order to prevent chimney fires. Take the time to clean and inspect your chimney before you begin using your stove.

The BC Fire Code states that chimneys should be cleaned when the build-up of soot and/or creosote exceeds three millimetres. The best way to prevent the build-up of creosote is to burn dry, seasoned wood in a hot fire. On those warmer winter days, it may be better to burn a hot fire in the morning to take the chill off of the house and then let it burn out and light another hot fire in the evening. While this is a little more work and may not fit everyone’s schedule, it will produce less smoke and less creosote than allowing a smouldering fire to burn throughout the day. If you have any questions about wood burning appliances, feel free to contact the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department at 250-242-3939.

Fire Prevention week is October 6-12 this year so it is a good time to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and check that they are in proper working condition. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the alarms after ten years, so check the date on them and replace them if necessary.