Matt Treit, Fire Chief
The second month of 2011 had the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department (TRFD) respond to thirteen calls. As is often the case, many of the calls were for ringing fire alarms (five), and for First Responder calls (four). In addition to these calls, there was one response each to a residential smoke alarm, a chimney fire, a dumpster fire and a motor vehicle accident.
Training in February included the topics of fire sprinkler systems, fire prevention and pre-incident planning, ropes and pulleys, and operations with the ladder truck. Congratulations to those firefighters who achieved 100 per cent attendance at practices in the month of February. These include deputy Diana Vandale, as well as Firefighters Scott Beattie, Ian Leach, Dustin Curry, Don Ross, Brandon Braam, and probationary firefighter Russell Colbourne.
I would also like to welcome Duncan Davidson back onto the fire department. Duncan was previously on the department in the mid 1990s and then moved from town for work related reasons and we are happy to have him back in the department. Congratulations to firefighter Salvatore Bafaro who completed one year with the fire department as of February 3.
Unfortunately, we also need to say goodbye to one of our most dedicated firefighters over the past six years. Randy Baxter has left town for work related reasons, and we wish him all the best in the future. During his time on the department, Randy attended 276 emergency calls and 266 practices, which amounted to just under 900 hours of training. From 2005 to 2009, he averaged over 94 percent attendance at training sessions and he also contributed a great deal of time to the design and purchase of the new rescue truck. He will be greatly missed by the TRFD.
The TRFD currently has 14 full members and three probationary members. We are still in need of more members. Experience is not required, although we do ask that you are willing to commit to training and demonstrate a positive attitude and teamwork. Fire practices are on Wednesday evenings with alternate practices on Friday mornings to accommodate those on shift work. If you are interested, please contact the fire hall at 242-3939 or stop by for an application.