Response Report - Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue responded to 38 incidents in February, 2018. These included three structure fires (two chimney and one smoke in structure), 20 medical emergencies, two motor vehicle incidents, two BC Hydro incidents - one line down and one tree on fire, two calls for assistance, two commercial and two residential alarms, four open burn incidents, and one false alarm.
On February 1, a local hero was awarded the Vital Link medal from BC Ambulance Service for administering life-saving CPR on her husband. Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue was first on the scene, providing continued support until the arrival of BC Ambulance. We are happy to report that, through the efforts of his wife, our firefighting team, paramedics, and the hospital staff, he is doing well!
This past month, Dan Olson resigned. Dan served on Sat Spring Fire Rescue team from 2008-2013 as a Paid on Call Firefighter, then rejoined the department in 2017 as a Field Incident Technician. We thank Dan for his invaluable service to our community.
Our two 2017 Recruit firefighters have successfully finished their basic training and Live Fire I and are now qualified interior firefighters. Congratulations to Firefighters Josh Lindstrom and Liam Hackett.
February was a busy month of training. Two of our CRD HAZMAT technicians conducted scenario-based training in North Saanich, and four of our members became certified Red Cross First Responder Instructors, bringing our number of certified first responder instructors to seven.
As part of our commitment to address the emotional trauma of firefighting, we hosted the first of two sessions titled Resilient Minds, instructed by three of our in-house instructors. The course, open to all of our members, provides tools and techniques for managing traumatic stress.
This month, there was an emphasis on apparatus training with two firefighters attending a training session at Central Saanich on new vehicle technology and alternative fuel vehicles. Six successfully completed a course that we hosted that brought them one step closer to becoming fully qualified Code 3 apparatus operators. Additionally, six of our members took a one-day training session for Class 3 Drivers as two of our apparatus require Class 3 (Tandem Fire Apparatus) drivers’ licenses.
Twelve of our new recruits spent a Sunday learning the requirements of the Incident Command System, and, next month, they will begin their 50-hour First Responder Training course.
Inspection and Public Education Division
Salt Spring Island Fire Inspectors conducted ten commercial Fire and Life Safety inspections, two fire safety consultations, three driveway inspections, and one new subdivision review.
Our Fire and Life Safety Education team attended the Seedy Saturday event with a booth as well as presenting and FireSmart principles to more than a dozen farmers, gardeners, and landscapers.
The Boy Scouts and Cubs came to the Ganges Fire Hall for to learn what it is like to be a firefighter, and 10 Gulf Islands Secondary School apprentice students were givenCanadian Red Cross Certified Standard First Aid Class with CPR/AED training.