Tumbler Ridge Fire Department Report

By Matt Treit, Fire Chief

Chris Dell and Mike Thibodeau prepare to enter a mobile home at a live fire exercise in November. Submitted Photo.
November of 2012 was a relatively slow month for the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department which responded to only nine calls last month.  Eight of these calls were First Responder calls, while the ninth was a structure fire.  Training in the month of November included the topics of fire inspections, ventilation, and initial attack on class B (liquid fuel) fires.  Some members of the fire department were also able to participate in some live fire training thanks to the donation of a mobile home which the TRFD used for initial attack training at the transfer station.  Congratulations to Deputy Vandale, Lieutenant Curry, and Firefighters Beattie, Thibodeau, Ross, and Braam who all achieved 100% attendance during this past month.  A further congratulations is also extended to Firefighter Mike Thibodeau who has now completed eight years of service with the fire department, and Deputy Diana Vandale has now completed eighteen years of service with the TRFD.  This makes her the longest serving volunteer firefighter in the history of the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department.  

In addition, November saw members of the fire department participate in the Remembrance Day parade and ceremony and the firefighters also hosted their annual pool and dart tournament.  In addition, Lieutenant Curry and Firefighter Braam also completed a Fire Service Instructor course which was hosted by the TRFD.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and remind you to be extra careful over the holiday season.  Remember that burning candles should never be left unattended, and take extra care not to overload electrical outlets.  This is always tempting this time of year with all of the extra lights and decorations which are being illuminated.  Additional activity around stoves is another common cause of injuries and fires this time of year.  Crowded kitchens and excited children is a combination that can result in burns and scalds, so it is important to be extra safe while cooking.  
The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department still needs more members, so if you are interested in serving your community this way, please stop by the fire hall for an application.  We cannot have a volunteer fire department without volunteers.