It’s been a pretty good run for campfires this year but this heat has dried up any moisture in the ground and the BC Ministry of Forests has declared a campfire ban. The ban comes into effect on Wed, July 18 at noon.
CSA approved propane appliances are still allowed as are briquette barbecues. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
Here is what is likely the last update on the fire hall construction. Included is an update on the Superiour Tanker Shuttle Accreditation and the end-of-project financial wrap-up. Click on the image for a pdf.
After a ton of hard work and long hours of studying, Duncan MacCaskill and Rob Lewis have been promoted from Rookie to Firefighter. Duncan returned to us this year after a lengthy absence and Rob joined our department almost two years ago.
The test to be promoted has a multi hour practical component and a 40 question written test. They both demonstrated an outstanding commitment to their training, to the betterment of our department, and to the health and safety of our community.
On behalf of HIFR, and the entire Hornby Island community, I’d like to congratulate Jac Graham, Rob “Louie” Lewis, Albini Lapierre, and Scott Towson for achieving their FR licenses though the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board.
They dedicated themselves to a 40 hour course then did many more hours of practice before challenging both a written and practical exam. I’d also like to thank Paula Courteau for her many hours of prep and for her excellent instruction, and John Heinegg for doing all of the evaluations.
I could not be more proud of the dedication of this group of volunteers to the health and safety of our community.
The most recent news letter from the Coastal Fire Center has a bunch of great information inside. The front page tells us all about the various categories of outdoor fires… What makes a campfire a campfire and what differentiates a category 2 backyard burn from a category 3 slash pile.
Further on in the newsletter they discuss the often talked about ventilation index and how to report a non permitted burn.
Click on the image for a pdf version of the newsletter.
I got a call a few days ago from a Hornby Island Blues Society volunteer saying that they needed a replacement venue for a bass workshop. I asked if a truck bay would work and in less than ten minutes he dropped by to check it out for himself. I spent a couple of hours clearing the plan and was thrilled to call HIBS back to say it would work.
Ten students showed up this morning to learn bass guitar techniques from their instructor, Gary Kendall, one of the finest blues bassists in the country.
I’m exited to share our beautiful new firehall with them for the next couple of days and so pleased that HIFR is able to help out with this fantastic festival.
It’s been a pretty dry spring so far and the forest is starting to get a bit crunchy. All backyard burning, other than campfires, will require a permit. Permits are free and we write them on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It requires one of us come to your place to make sure that the pile is safe. You will need to have a hose or other water deliver system on standby and some hand tools to pull the pile apart if required.
Please be kind to your neighbors and only light up your pile when the venting index for Central Vancouver Island is good.
To get your permit call the fire hall at 250.335.2611 and leave a message or talk to the chief.
Here is an interesting article on the ventilation system at our new Firehall. We recently had a small routine repair on a part, and one of the designers wrote a very interesting article on how they tackled a unique challenge in the design of our building.
Click the picture for a link to the complete article.