Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 2019 June

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Response Report

Salt Spring Island Firefighters responded to 58 calls the month of June.

 

Operations

We experienced a very dry June with below-normal precipitation.  Over the month we fluctuated between HIGH and MODERATE fire dangers.  Our crews are prepared for this summers wildfire season as well as any deployments requested from the Province.

For more information on Fire Danger Ratings and High Risk activities please visit:  https://saltspringfire.com/high-risk-activities-new/

Wildfire and Summer Forecast

Data provided by the BC Wildfire Service - Predictive Services Unit (2019)

 

Vehicle Fire June

 

Membership

Training

Our dedicated members trained on several disciplines over the month of June including:

  • First Responder Training
  • Ocean Water Drafting (Ganges test trials)
  • Water Rescue Boat Operations
  • Firefighting Foam
  • Fire Hose Handling
  • Pumps and Pumping
  • Auto Extrication

We offered one of two Basic Fire Suppression and Safety Training in preparation for the 2019 Wildfire season.

In working with WorksafeBC and Vancouver Island University we hosted a new pilot program for Volunteer Fire Departments in Firefighter mental health and resiliency.

We hosted our 16th Annual Platoon Challenge where our three platoons compete head to head in skill testing stations.  The event kicks off summer with team building and skill testing.  The event was another great success with Platoon B from Fire Hall 2 as the 2019 Champions.  Congrats to all the members for an outstanding job displaying the many skills and abilities our service provides.

Inspection and Fire and Life Safety Education

32 Fire/Life Safety Inspections               160 Community Outreach         5 Site Consultations

Our Fire and Life Safety Educators met with 160 members of the community on several key interests.

  • We provided three FireSmart presentations to neighborhood pods at Beddis Road, Fort Street and Maracaibo.
  • We made a safety presentation at a parent meeting at the SSI Co-operative
  • We hosted a Cut Broom in Bloom chipping event at Fulford Fire Hall
  • Our car seat technicians assisted with four car seats installations for young families.

Respectfully Submitted,

Arjuna George
Fire Chief

August 6, 2019 4:27 PM