Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 2020 January

Response Report: Salt Spring Island Firefighters responded to 62 calls for the month of January.


The emergency generator project is now complete, and all three fire halls are now equipped with small portable generators for emergency backup. One last detail is the construction of outdoor housing structures for them. These new units will be critical to operating emergencies during mass power outages. The project came in under-budget.

The process to replace the Engine from Fire Hall 2 has been initiated. The specifications for the engine and a request for proposal are currently being created by staff.

The repurposing of Mini Pumper 1 is complete, with the fire pump and plumbing successfully removed. The apparatus still has the capability to pump water for brush fires, but the overall weight has drastically been reduced. The unit now houses all our technical rescue equipment for rope rescue, hazardous materials, confined space, water and ice rescue.

We have received the final shipment for the new digital pagers as part of the roll out for the CREST P25 digital system. We now have all members with the updated digital pagers and the next phase will be receiving the P25 digital portable radios.

Late last year (2019) we applied for the UBCM Volunteer and Composite Fire Department Equipment and Training Grant. Unfortunately, due to the massive province wide uptake, we were not selected for the grant this year.
Staff conducted a full day Fire Hall One site inspection with FireWise consulting. This process was part of the Needs and Facilities Assessment.

Our Winter/Spring Emergency Program workshops are scheduled with the first workshop being Hydro Safety and Awareness (Feb 13th) led by BC Hydro. All the workshops are offered free to the public and registration is not required. March 12th SSIFR will present a FireSmart workshop for the public on how to reduce the risk of wildfires around your home.

Our dedicated members started off the year with basic testing as part of our training program 2020.

Firefighter baseline skills and knowledge testing
Firefighter physical testing


Community Risk Reduction

  • Fire Inspections: 2 Fire/Life Safety Inspections
  • Fire & Life Safety Education: 68 Community Outreach
  • 7 Site Consultations

Another busy month for the SSIFR Fire and Life Safety Education team:

  • Our team taught two High School groups CPR & AED training (34 Students)
  • We met with Family Place meeting with new parents on emergency preparedness, car seat safety, and choking
  • We conducted one fire hall school tour

Respectfully Submitted

Arjuna George
Fire Chief

March 3, 2020 8:00 AM

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