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Alert: Fulford Harbour Boat Fire

    Fire News    August 10, 2018

It probably started around 12:15 and was out with the boat totally destroyed by about 12:45. Coast Guard and lots of other vessels on hand. Didn’t see the initial fire so don’t know if there was an explosion or not. Of course, have no idea if the occupants got to safety but likely they did […]

Fire News: Close Call, On Alert, Lessons Learned – Uniting Community Efforts Through the Emergency POD System

    Fire News, Governance & Politics    August 8, 2018

(Humanity) is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in (us) can be wrought by crisis – once that crisis can be recognized and understood. Norman Cousins Glimpsing backwards to discover patterns of adaption For those of us who have gone through hardships in the past, this week we woke up once again to the need […]

Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 2018 June

    Fire News    August 3, 2018

Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue responded to 60 Incidents in June 2018. These were: Twenty (20) medical emergencies, One (1) structure fire, Five (5) motor vehicle incidents (MVIs), Eight (8) calls for assistance, Two (2) BC Hydro incidents – one fire and one tree on lines, Thirteen (13) open burns, One (1) animal rescue, Two […]

Salt Spring’s Firefighters – Chantelle Pohl, My Story

    Fire News    August 3, 2018

My story starts with a fluke accident on a water slide that suddenly transformed me from a healthy and happy 20-year-old to a depressed and suicidal young woman suffering from Chronic Back Pain. For two years, I was in constant pain, unable to work, and seldom even able to get up from my couch. Despite […]

Salt Spring’s Firefighters – Josh Lindstrom, Recruit Firefighter of the Year

    Fire News    July 12, 2018

My wife and I and our four children moved to Salt Spring from the lower mainland in 2016. We wanted to raise our kids in a smaller community and were attracted by the beauty and pace of life here. The opportunity we needed to realize our dream came when my wife, Erin, a Registered Midwife, […]

Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 2018 May

    Fire News    July 9, 2018

During the month of May 2018, the Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue (SSIFR) responded to 62 incidents. These included: 21 medical incidents, 16 open burn incidents, 7 motor vehicle incidents (MVI), 3 brush fires and 2 reports of a suspected brush fire, 4 calls for assistance, 1 structure fire, 1 reported structure fire, 2 alarms […]

Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 2018 April

    Fire News    May 15, 2018

In April 2018, Salt Spring Fire Rescue responded to 41 incidents including: Three commercial and one residential alarm bell, Three calls for assistance, One beach fire, One chemical spill or leak, One BC Hydro fire, 21 medical assistance calls, Two motor vehicle incidents, Six open burn calls, One rescue, and One chimney fire. Operations Update […]

Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 2018 March

    Fire News    April 15, 2018

In March 2018, Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue responded to 45 incidents including: – Three alarms (two residential and one carbon monoxide,) – Five calls for assistance, – Twenty calls for medical assistance, – Two motor vehicle incidents, Six open burns, Five structure fires, Three vehicle fires and One false alarm. With rainfall for both February […]

Fire News: Being FireSmart Protects Your Home

    Fire News    April 13, 2018

FireSmart is a wildfire safety programme with an economical and common sense approach. The key concept of FireSmart involves removing or reducing the amount of burnable material (think “fire fuel”) from around your home. The area within 10 meters (30 feet) of your home is the “Priority Zone.” If you remove fire fuel from this […]

Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 2018 February

    Fire News    March 25, 2018

Response Report – Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue responded to 38 incidents in February, 2018. These included three structure fires (two chimney and one smoke in structure), 20 medical emergencies, two motor vehicle incidents, two BC Hydro incidents – one line down and one tree on fire, two calls for assistance, two commercial and two residential alarms, […]

An Invitation to Serve Your Community

    Fire News    March 8, 2018

Election time for the Fire Board is upon us, and I would like to invite you to consider serving your com-munity as a Trustee. The Board generally meets once a month. Trustees also staff the various standing committees along with members of the public. The term of office is three years. The roles of trustees […]

Fire News: Special Town Hall in Review

    Fire News    February 27, 2018

As you may have missed the Fire Trustees’s special Town Hall designed to initiate a series of conversations with the community, you may find a summary of this event interesting. . . . A New Firehall?: At 7:00 p.m., after Chair Per Svendsen welcomed everyone and introductions were made, a member of the public asked […]

Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 2018 January

    Fire News    February 19, 2018

Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue responded to 47 Incidents in January 2018. They were: 13 BC Hydro incidents – 2 fires, 6 lines down, and 5 trees on fire; 11 medical responses; 7 requests for assistance; 3 structure fires – 1 commercial and 2 chimney; 3 motor vehicle incidents; 5 alarm bells (4 commercial); 1 […]

Fire News: People Profile – Rollie Cook

    Fire News    February 15, 2018

When did you come to Salt Spring and what brought you here? My partner and I bought a farm on Bullock Lake about 15 years ago. We fell in love with the landscape here – the coastal rain forest is quite amazing. The island has a great cultural and food scene. Why did you decide […]

Fire News: People Profile – Howard Holzapfel

    Fire News    February 13, 2018

When did you come to Salt Spring? And, what bought you here? We wanted to simplify our life, and we fell in love with this island. We had planned to stay for one year, and we are now beginning our ninth year here. One of the main reasons my wife and I had chosen Salt […]

FireSmart Landscaping Choices

    Farm & Garden, Fire News    February 5, 2018

Did you know that the landscaping choices you make can improve your home’s chances of with-standing a wildfire? Before then, would you like to test your FireSmart knowledge?             Ground covers – Which three are fire resistant and drought tolerant? Buttercup Dianthus English Ivy Periwinkle Phlox Sedum Perennials – Which […]

Fire News: Grants for Improvement Districts?

    Fire News    January 25, 2018

During the incorporation debate, one of the most significant liabilities of improvement districts was their inability to compete for federal and provincial grants. Many do not know that this is due to a British Columbia provincial policy and that some other provinces allow their improvement districts to compete for these grants. Last month, Member of […]

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 Response Report – 2017 December

    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 […]

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  • Alert: Fulford Harbour Boat Fire

    by on August 10, 2018

    It probably started around 12:15 and was out with the boat totally destroyed by about 12:45. Coast Guard and lots of other vessels on hand. Didn’t see the initial fire so don’t know if there was an explosion or not. Of course, have no idea if the occupants got to safety but likely they did […]

  • Salt Spring Chamber – Green Touris...

    by on August 9, 2018

    The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce has again been recognized and re-accredited by Green Tourism Canada. We become Canada’s first Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre to become accredited members of Green Tourism Canada in 2016. Our “silver” re-accreditation was made official on August 3rd, 2018. We are proud to be working within this program […]

  • Sow Spinach and Greens; Pests and Proble...

    by on August 9, 2018

    Yesterday should have been “Spinach Day” in my garden, but it is far too hot to attempt to sow anything right now. I have had good results sowing spinach as late as the middle of August so will wait to until it cools down in a couple of days to plant seeds. The forecast for […]

  • Temporary Wastewater Bypass for Ganges W...

    by on August 9, 2018

    The Capital Regional District (CRD) is currently upgrading the wastewater treatment plant in Ganges Village on Salt Spring Island and in order to complete the work a wastewater bypass is required between August 16 and August 28, 2018. During this time, wastewater will receive preliminary treatment only (solids screening) and then bypass the normal treatment process […]

  • Indefatigable Old Boys Awards Ceremony

    by on August 8, 2018

    The Old Boys celebrated their 2017/2018 season with the Annual Awards Ceremony at the Tweedle residence on August 4th. This years Awards Ceremony had been held back due to the absence of stalwart Head Statistician, Columnist, and Sausage Roll connoisseur Fraser Hope while on his sojourns back to bonnie Scotland. Quite what Hope was up […]

  • Salt Spring Makes the Cover of the Vanco...

    by on August 8, 2018

    Salt Spring makes the cover of the Vancouver Sun – but not for a good reason The severity of Salt Spring’s housing crisis is well known by the many hundreds who are directly affected, and by a few hundred more like me who know people who are. But as of yesterday, tens of thousands across […]

  • Fire News: Close Call, On Alert, Lessons...

    by on August 8, 2018

    (Humanity) is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in (us) can be wrought by crisis – once that crisis can be recognized and understood. Norman Cousins Glimpsing backwards to discover patterns of adaption For those of us who have gone through hardships in the past, this week we woke up once again to the need […]

  • Video and Photos: New Bike Park Opens to...

    by on August 6, 2018

    After years of consultation, planning, design and community engagement The Salt Spring Lions Commemorative Bike Park opened today with a big turn out from the community. Dozens of families, bikes in tow, joined the project sponsors, managers and supporters in the opening of the island’s first bike park. The family bike park is a dirt […]

  • Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 201...

    by on August 3, 2018

    Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue responded to 60 Incidents in June 2018. These were: Twenty (20) medical emergencies, One (1) structure fire, Five (5) motor vehicle incidents (MVIs), Eight (8) calls for assistance, Two (2) BC Hydro incidents – one fire and one tree on lines, Thirteen (13) open burns, One (1) animal rescue, Two […]

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