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Fire News: Do You Know Enough About Your Fire Department?

    Fire News    January 17, 2018

Would you like to know more? Come to the Lions Hall on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. to get answers to your questions. With the exception of a brief introduction, the evening will be yours. You can ask your questions from the floor or submit them in writing. Either way, Trustees […]

Fire News: Chief’s December 2017 Response Report

    Fire News    January 15, 2018

SSIFR responded to 63 Incidents for the month of December. The final statistics for 2017 ended the year with 701 calls for assistance, making 2017 the district’s 3rd busiest year in Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue history. Operations Update SSIFR finished off the year with a response-heavy December due to an increase in weather related […]

Fire News: People Profile – Fire Trustees Howard Baker

    Fire News    December 19, 2017

When did you come to Salt Spring? And, what bought you here? My wife and I purchased our offshore sailboat in Brentwood Bay in November of 1999. Sailing around the Salish Sea the following summer, the Farmers Market in Ganges was high on our list of places to visit. Anchoring in the harbor, we rowed […]

Fire News: Chief’s November Incident Report

    Fire News    December 18, 2017

Salt Spring Island Fire-Rescue (SSIFR) responded to 45 calls in November 2017 making a total of 642 incidents this year. Firefighter responses this month included seven for assistance, 27 for medical emergencies, three for motor vehicle incidents, two for open burns, two for residential fires, and one for a vehicle fire. On November 4, SSIFR […]

Fire News: Arjuna (A. J.) George’s One Year Anniversary as Chief

    Fire News    December 13, 2017

On the first anniversary of becoming Salt Spring Island Fire-Rescue’s eighth Fire Chief, Arjuna George graciously agreed to share some of his story with me. Our Island-raised Chief envisioned a future in customer service in the restaurant industry, hoping to someday become a chef with his own restaurant. When he became a volunteer firefighter in […]

Fire News: Current Fire Board Making Real Progress

    Fire News    December 12, 2017

Some weeks have passed since Salt Spring’s divisive referendum and it’s reassuring to see our community again moving forward rather than circling its wagons before firing inward. The Library, the Rainbow Road Pool, ArtSpring, our Conservancy, Salt Spring Literacy and many other local organizations continue to meet various needs. Efforts are again underway to improve […]

Fire News: I’ll Bet You Did Not Know. . . .

    Fire News    December 11, 2017

I thought that I knew quite a bit about what was happening on Salt Spring. Was I ever wrong! I had absolutely no idea of all the interesting training initiatives the Salt Spring Island Fire-Rescue (SSIFR) team is offering to keep our community safe. Worried about fire protection at home? SSIFR can help you with […]

Fire Rescue News – Chief’s Fire and Emergency Incident Report

    Fire News    December 4, 2017

Firefighters responded to 44 incidents this month, making a total of 592 incidents for this year. October 4: SSIFR Firefighters responded a nine-hour call comprised of four incidents – a medical call, a commercial fire alarm, a structure fire, and a vehicle fire on Sarah Way. The structure fire on Devine Road was a small […]

FireSmart Tip of the Week: Chimney Safety

    Fire News    December 1, 2017

How Safe is Your Lovely Roaring Fire? – Did you know that chimney fires are the most common fire emergencies this time of the year? In partnership with the Salt Spring Conservancy, SSIFR will offer a free workshop: Burn it Right” at the Library on Sunday, December 10 from 3:00 – 4:30 so that you can learn […]

Community News

  • Islanders Join Global Women’s Marc...

    by on 10 hours ago

    If you were in downtown Ganges on the afternoon of Saturday, January 22, you may have seen a lot of pink hats. People in cities and towns across Canada and the United States and around the globe came together in solidarity with women who demonstrated in Washington on the same date. In Canada alone, tens […]

  • Salt Spring Island Lions Club Commemorat...

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    Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has received a donation of $150,000 from the Salt Spring Island Lions Club towards the construction of a family bike park. The donation is made to the Salt Spring community in celebration of the club’s 60th anniversary. The Salt Spring Island Lions Club has a history of […]

  • Spring Is Coming – Seeds, Yams, Pr...

    by on January 22, 2018

    With the gardening season arriving quickly (yay!), it is time to sort out our seed collections, decide what to buy and check seed suppliers for new varieties: Germination test: If you are wondering whether seeds in old packets are still good, you can check with a quick germination test: Count out 20 seeds if you […]

  • Video: Discover Yourself on Salt Spring ...

    by on January 22, 2018

    Discover yourself on Salt Spring Island! We have so much to share from music to arts, farm to table bounty, ocean adventures, connection to nature and wellness. When can you get here?          

  • What Was That Big Rumbling Tonight?

    by on January 17, 2018

    Did you hear the heavy rumbling and shaking tonight around 7:35 PM? At first we though it might be an earthquake. We could hear it first but also feel it even though there was nothing shaking. Then thought maybe it was testing at the Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Ranges (CFMETR) in Nanoose Bay. […]

  • Is Big Brother Watching you?

    by on January 17, 2018

    Governments hold an increasing amount of your electronic information. So too do private companies. Who exactly has access to your information, and what are they allowed to do with it? What is the state of Canadian law regarding online surveillance and data-sharing? Are our privacy laws out of date? What can we do to protect […]

  • Fire News: Do You Know Enough About Your...

    by on January 17, 2018

    Would you like to know more? Come to the Lions Hall on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. to get answers to your questions. With the exception of a brief introduction, the evening will be yours. You can ask your questions from the floor or submit them in writing. Either way, Trustees […]

  • Fire News: Chief’s December 2017 R...

    by on January 15, 2018

    SSIFR responded to 63 Incidents for the month of December. The final statistics for 2017 ended the year with 701 calls for assistance, making 2017 the district’s 3rd busiest year in Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue history. Operations Update SSIFR finished off the year with a response-heavy December due to an increase in weather related […]

  • Martin ‘Buck’ Vandenberg Mak...

    by on January 13, 2018

    This is our story and why I need your help. Heather and I took our son in to the hospital with the intention of signing our son in for mental health issues chest pain, lack of sleep and hearing multiple voices in his head. It got really bad so we took him to the hospital. […]

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