Matt Treit, Fire Chief
The month of September has come and gone with the TRFD responding to a total of fourteen calls during that month.
Ten of these calls were First Responder calls, and, in addition, there were three reports of ringing fire alarms, and one report of fire. Training in the month of September included the topics of Auto-extrication, Initial Attack on a structure fire, Firefighter Rescue, Driver Training and Embankment Rescue.
Congratulations to Deputy Vandale who achieved 100% attendance at training sessions during the month of September. Other activities this past month included assisting the United Way with their Fire Truck Pull, and conducting a fire drill at TRE.
Fire Prevention Week has also come and gone. The theme for this year was “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep.” This expression obviously refers to smoke alarms in the home and there is no debate about their value with regards to safety.
They have saved numerous lives since introduced. Despite their obvious effectiveness, an ongoing concern with them is that even if they are functioning properly, they often do not wake up children. As parents, it is important to be aware of this. In addition to testing smoke alarms on a monthly basis to ensure they work, they should also be tested at least once to ensure that they actually wake up the children in the house.
If you find that the alarm does not wake them up, there are a couple of options which may help. One option is to use wireless interconnected alarms. When one of these smoke alarms activates, all of them in the house activate. Placing one of these directly above the bed of the child will provide much more of a stimulus than a smoke alarm in the hallway on the other side of a closed door.
Another option is a voice recordable smoke alarm where the parent actually records the message that will be emitted when the smoke alarm is activated. These have proven to be more effective in waking up children. In the event that neither of these alternatives are effective, parents will likely have to resign themselves to the fact that they will have to physically wake the children in an emergency. In this case, it is especially important to have an interconnected smoke alarm in the parent’s bedroom to ensure that they are awoken as soon as possible so that they will still have time to wake the children before evacuating the home.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest member, Maurice Thebeau. We wish him all the best with our organization. The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department is continuing to look for new members. As a result of the closure of the mines, our numbers are quite low right now. If you have ever thought about joining the fire department and serving your community, now would be the time to do it. Experience is not necessary. All that we ask is that you have a positive attitude and that you are willing to commit to training on a regular basis. Men and women are both welcome. If you have any questions, please stop by the fire hall for more information.