The entire Hornby community is invited to Giff’s retirement party on May 13th at noon. We’d love to host everyone at the new fire hall but we’re not sure that it’ll be ready so… the old fire hall is the location. There’ll be cake, tea, coffee, and some finger foods although if you have something that you can contribute we’d be very appreciative. Please come and help us honour Giff’s many years of dedicated public service.
Too often we end up going to the same locations for our Thursday evening practices. It would be great if we had a few spots where we could run a practice, especially a place where we haven’t been in the last few years.
If you are a home owner and would be comfortable having HIFR conduct a practice at your house there are many benefits:
- We’d become familiar with your property, your buildings, and the best ways to access them,
- We’d be able to give you some pointers on how to better fire proof your property for the dry summer season,
- We’d be able to determine if your home was within reach of one of the community water tanks or if we would have to shuttle water in a truck,
- You and your kids would be able to have a close look at how we operate and as well as get a close look at our trucks and equipment,
- It’s a fun way to help out your Fire Department.
We’d be at your place between 7:45PM and 9PM and would probably spray water somewhere in your yard where it wouldn’t harm anything. We wouldn’t need access to the inside of your house.
If this sounds like something that you’d like to participate in, please send an email or call the Fire Hall at 250.335.2611 and leave a message.
A resident recently found one of these Military Location Markers or MLM on Big Trib and called us to let us know where it was. When we went to pick it up we noticed that it was completely intact and fully charged. Normally they are found having been discharged.
Fully charged or discharged, these devices can be extremely dangerous. They contain a phosphorous powder which is highly flammable and burns extremely hot. Occasionally a small amount of powder is left in them and would cause a serious injury if spilled on skin.
The folks at CFB Comox take a washed up MLM very seriously and usually show up within 24 hours to pick it up. If you find one of these devices please do one of the following:
- call the Duty Desk at CFB Comox at 1-866-488-0889 and tell them the location of the MLM
- call 911, ask for fire, and request a “duty officer” call to retrieve an MLM.
Congratulations to the most recent HIFR members to complete the Hazmat Operations Course and successfully challenge the exam. Albini Lapierre, Faroe DesRoches, John Heinegg, Bailey Gordon, and Scott Towson attended the three-day course which was hosted by the Fanny Bay Fire Department.
Thank you for giving up your weekend to strengthen our team.
We had a four and a half hour call today that ended with our patient getting flown to hospital. Everyone from the air ambulance crew to our fantastic doctor, to the patient’s family did a fabulous job to stabilize and transport the patient to hospital. Special thanks have to go out to Dave Colley who brought his backhoe over on quick notice to clear the airstrip driveway and landing pad.
All open burning, other than campfires, is now closed as of noon on Friday, May 13th. Existing Burn Permits will be cancelled.
Please have a safe campfire. The Fire Patrol will resume for the May long weekend on Friday, the 20th.
Yesterday evening at 8:40PM HIFR was alerted to the possibility that Jordan McKenzie had gone missing. After our duty officer gathered some initial information and alerted the RCMP, we did a general page to activate our members. We sent several crews out to the most likely locations, which were the trails near his home and the coastline near Phipps Point. At about 10:45PM one of our crews found Jordan between Phipps point and Collishaw point. He was deceased.
The RCMP were notified and arrived at approximately 2AM with the coroner. After examining the scene HIFR took Jordan’s body off of the shoreline using our basket stretcher and we ended our involvement at 6AM.
We are extremely saddened at this event. We all knew Jordan and many of us were close friends. Our hearts go out to his family and friends in the community.
For more information you can contact the RCMP or the BC Coroners Service.
The weather was perfect and the crowd was huge for this year’s polar bear swim. About 80 swimmers took to the water and a crowd of over 250 enjoyed hotdogs and hot chai, compliments of HIFR.
We were practicing skills to rescue ourselves and other firefighters at our last practice. Pat got to do a window bailout and was inspired to tell all about it.