In the month of February, the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department responded to seven emergency calls. These included three calls for alarms ringing, two medical calls to assist B.C. Ambulance, one chimney fire, and one structure fire.

During the month of February, members of the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department conducted training in Rapid Intervention Teams, initial fire attack, and the use of small tools and hose.

Congratulations to Deputy Fire Chief Diana Vandale, and Firefighters Scott Beattie, Randy Baxter, and Mike Thibodeau for achieving 100% attendance at practices during that month.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents to make sure that their house numbers are clearly visible from the street at night. Even though the numbers may be near a light, small, dark numbers on a dark background are very difficult to see when responding to an emergency. The faster we can find your residence, the sooner we can provide help. Many of the emergencies to which we respond are medical emergencies and so it is not just a matter of looking for smoke or flame.

The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department currently has eleven members and is always looking for new members. All members must commit to attending a minimum of 65% of fire practices each year and must complete a criminal record search. If you are interested in joining, you can contact the fire hall at 242-3939 or stop by for an application.