Response Report: Salt Spring Island Firefighters responded to 66 calls the month of September.
Our wildfire season has come to an end with far fewer fires on Salt Spring and throughout BC compared to 2017 and 2018.
Below is an overview of the burning prohibitions over the past three years. Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue follows the BC burning restrictions. This summer we worked with the Salt Spring Exchange and launched a daily Fire Danger Rating public notice that was well received with 751,006 views this summer.
With the new changes to the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations (OBSCR) there has been a change in how the air quality “Venting” is reported. There is now 1 Day venting that displays in blue, as where the 2 day more stringent venting is displayed in a light green. Map locations that are in red are areas with poor no venting. With the new update of the OBSCR Venting is now required for all burning where the material is greater than 10cm in diameter (excluding campfires). Daily venting can be found at saltspringfire.com The map is updated daily at 07:30 am.
The next Salt Spring Island Emergency Preparedness workshop will be a presentation on Earthquakes of Coastal BC. The presentation will be on Thursday October 24th 5:00-7:00 at the Royal Canadian Legion. Following that the last free workshop will be Drones and Disasters November 9th 5:00-7:00pm at the SSI Public Library.
Our dedicated members trained on several disciplines over the month of September including: First Responder Training, Tender Shuttle (FUS STSS testing), Leadership, Respectful Workplace, Ropes / Knots and Hoisting and Live Fire Training (Pender Island Training Center)
SSIFR is hosting a Pumps and Pumping course in October which is the final course required for our Code 3 drivers, giving us better coverage and response from all 3 firehalls.
Our new cadet program launched in September with ten (10) new high school fire cadets. These enthusiastic young adults will attend eight hours of fire training every Friday for the duration of the school year. Once they are complete all successful students will receive high school credits, college credits and their NFPA 1001 FF2 national certification. This program is a first in BC and we are proud to partner with Pender Island Fire and GISS on this exciting new community program.
Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue was just recently awarded an award from Community Living BC on our involvement with Choices and Chris Joynson. Chris has been a member of SSIFR for over a decade and we are honoured to receive such an important and special award.
Inspection and Fire and Life Safety Education
Fire Inspections: 56 Fire/Life Safety Inspections and 6 Site Consultations
Fire & Life Safety Education: 360 Community Outreach
Our Fire and Life Safety Educators met with 360 members of the community on several key interests. We saw hundreds of islanders at the Fall Fair on Sept. 14 and 15. Booth focused on FireSmart and collaborated with Fraser Thimble farms to showcase a display of fire-resistive plants; We started our sixth consecutive year of teaching CPR/AED at GISS by teaching three sessions in September with 25-30 attendees per session; We collaborated with the SSI Emergency Program for a community presentation on FireSmart at the SSI Library with 30 attendees on September 7; We represented SSIFR and provided first-aid support at the Terry Fox Run with 40 adults and 12 kids on Sept. 22