Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 2018 September

Response Report - SSIFR responded to an above average month with 79 Incidents in September. Alarm Bells - 5, Assistance - 11, Medical - 27, HAZMAT - 2, MVI - 5, Structure Fire - 4, Open Burn - 18, Hydro - 1, Beach Fire - 2, Brush / Grass Fire - 3, Rubbish Fire - 1

Operations Update - After significant rainfall and a reduced fire hazard to Moderate/Low the burning ban that had been in place since July 18th, 2018 was lifted. This month we launched our annual Paid-On-Call Recruit Drive. Firefighters staffed the Fall Fair booth Sept 15-16 promoting the organization and our recruit program. Applications close Oct 31st 2018. Applications can be picked up at the Ganges Fire hall or online at www.saltspringfire.com/recruit September 4th was the close of our Wildfire Deployment for the Northern BC wildfires. For the second year in a row we have deployed SSIFR firefighters and our Reserve Water Tender to assist the Province. Our 2018 deployment spanned from August 15th to September 4th. (Staff Report Oct 10, 2018)

Incident Highlights - Sept 9th SSIFR had a quick response to a Residential Structure Fire on Wildwood Drive. Twenty-Five (25) Firefighters were on scene fighting the fire and supplying water. An estimated 50,000 gallons of water was used to fully extinguish the fire. SSIFR and the Insurance Agents investigated the fire’s cause and origin. The Insurance agents determined the fire to be a possible Wood appliance issue. The structure had extensive dame to the 2nd floor and moderate to the lower floor. SSIFR crews did a great job protecting personal items were able to retrieve and protect some valuables and keepsakes for the family.

Membership - On Sept 17th, we welcomed Lisa Naphtali to our organization. Lisa will be our Department’s new Administrative Assistant as Executive Assistant Jocelyne Monette transitions into special projects. Lisa brings a strong background in financial administration and a keen interest in promoting mental health and wellness. This past month we lost one of our long serving members Thomas Purssell who joined SSIFR in 2012. Tom was a very active responder and a talented firefighter. I would like to thank FF Purssell for his service to our community. Early August we lost one of our leaders, retired Fire Chief Dave Enfield who passed away with his family by his side in Surrey. One Sept 22nd, there was a celebration of life for Chief in Cloverdale. Hundreds gathered to share stories and support the family. SSIFR firefighters from past and present and Salt Springers alike filled the room alongside Surrey Fire and family. Asst Chief Holmes and Lt Hunsberger assisted as the honour guard while Capt Lundy and Chief George delivered speeches.

Training - Fire Chief George and Board Trustee Holzapfel attended a two-day Asset Management conference in Richmond BC. The conference provided us with the framework we need to begin asset management within our organization. We now have subject matter experts in our contacts to assist us along the way. A full staff report has been submitted on the conference from Fire Chief George.
We hosted an Occupational Health and Safety course “Supervisor Level 1” taught be the BC Federation to all our senior staff. This course covers the critical role that supervisors plays in the workplace and the authority they must oversee of all workers.

Inspection and Fire and Life Safety Education - A total of two (2) Fire and Life Safety Inspections were conducted in September along with one (1) rezoning application. Our Fire Educators taught twenty-two (22) GISS students and three (3) adults the safe and proper use of fire extinguishers as well as eight (8) staff from Island Marine. As a service to ensure a safe community we offer free fire extinguisher training to groups and businesses. If you would like to request a fire extinguisher training session please contact the Ganges Fire Hall (250-537-2531 or email info@saltspringfire.com). SSIFR assisted with two (2) evacuation training sessions with twenty (20) ArtSpring ushers and duty managers. As part of our ongoing effort to educate our community on the basic life saving skill of CPR we taught two (2) CPR classes for forty (40) GISS students. SSIFR alongside BC Ambulance and Ground Search and Rescue assisted in the annual Terry Fox Run Sept 23rd. We are always honoured to be a part of this great event.

Firefighters staffed our annual Fire Safety booth at the Fall Fair (Sept 15-16). The opportunity to connect and field questions about the fire season, FireSmart, and general fire and life safety issues was well received.

This coming Oct 7-13 is the National Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Look, Listen and Learn. Be Aware! Fire can happen anywhere.”

Respectfully Submitted
Arjuna George
Fire Chief

October 18, 2018 11:34 AM