Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 2019 December

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Response Report

Salt Spring Island Firefighters responded to 44 calls for the month of December. SSIFR finished off the year with 655 calls.


December 27th Firefighters responded to a kitchen fire on Richard Flack Road. Before Firefighters arrived on scene RCMP made a quick rescue and stopped the fire spread with a fire extinguisher. The RCMP Constable’s swift action saved the sole occupants life. The Fire was extinguished, and one male occupant taken to Hospital with minor injuries. On behalf of the organization I would like to recognize Constable Hastie for his quick actions.

December, Roof repair work was undertaken by an Asbestos remediation company, as one of the steps towards fixing the Hall 1 roof. Following the Asbestos work, an engineer inspected all the roof components and we are now awaiting their final report before proceeding with a repair.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the Firefighters and Janet Cliffe for another amazing Christmas display at Hall 1. The year SSIFR received Second in Lights and the People Choice Awards.

We hosted our annual Emergency Services Meet-up at the Ganges Fire Hall. This meetup provides the opportunity for all agencies to communicate and build relationships prior to local emergencies. The event was well attended by all island agencies.


Our dedicated members trained on numerous disciplines over the month of December including:

  • First Responder Training
  • Auto Extrication (Hybrid Vehicles)
  • Fire Control
  • Ground Ladders

Recruits have finished their final exams and now only require Haz-mat to complete their NFPA 1001.


Inspection and Fire and Life Safety Education

80 Community Outreach

SSIFR Fire and Life Safety Education team made great connections in our community this past month:

  • We assisted the SSI Emergency Programme by teaching Emergency Preparedness classes as part of the SSI Emergency Resilience Training: First Aid and Fire Extinguishers, Vehicle Rescue and Evacuations. There were 20 students in each class.
  • We hosted Heartland School (16 attendees) for a hall tour and education session
  • We held Fire Extinguisher Training at the SSI Rod and Gun Club (10 attendees)
  • We taught CPR/AED to 24 Grade-9 students at GISS.
  • We visited Family Place and taught emergency preparedness skills to parents of infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Respectfully Submitted

Arjuna George
Fire Chief

February 5, 2020 3:59 PM

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