We have completed our re-certification course this past Saturday May 27th under the instruction of the Ministry of Forests. Thanks to all the 15 fire fighters who took the time out of their busy spring schedules to come out and train through the oppressive heat we were experiencing.
Cortes Island Fire Rescue
I am proud to announce that the Cortes Island Fire Department now has 19 members trained and certified to complete roadside rope rescue and extrication. Thank you to George and Al from KGC Fire Rescue for coming over here to deliver the two day course. I can speak for everyone when I say that we had an excellent time participating in these classes even though we did feel the heat of the mid day sun.
Congratulations to all of the 26 people who attended last weekends S100 wild-land firefighting certification course. That was eight hours well spent. I would also like to thank Henry Grierson from Strategic Natural Resource Consultants for coming across to deliver this training to us on short notice. We are more ready than ever to protect this island and its residents over the upcoming fire season.
Cortes Island Fire Rescue
The arrival of fall also comes with a rise in chimney fires. Chimney fires are a result of the build up of creosote in the flue, a highly combustible substance and can accumulate in many forms. Poor ventilation resulting in a restriction of air supply, burning wet wood, failing to perform regular chimney cleanings as well as a lack of proper temperature maintenance can all result in the build up of creosote. It is important to adhere to all of these safety precautions when owning a wood burning stove or fireplace and to always clean chimneys before firing them up for the upcoming winter months.
Identifying a chimney fire:
Chimney fires often exhibit a low rumbling or roaring sound, many say are similar to the sound of a low-flying plane or a nearby train. Sparks or flames can be visible exiting the top of the chimney, smoke emanating from the heating device or through openings in the structure, as well as wall discoloration adjacent to the chimney are all signs pointing to a fire in the chimney. Keep in mind that these are the most common factors that indicate a chimney fire and they can be in progress even without these warning signs.
If you become aware of a fire in your chimney and if it is safe to do so, throw a cup of water into your firebox, close the damper on your fireplace, and don’t delay to call 911.
On behalf of the Cortes Island Fire-Fighting Association, I would like to thank the Watson family, and all those who donated money to our department this year. The funds received were used to help pay for a thermal imaging camera that is now installed on one of our trucks. Your generosity is having a direct impact on the safety of our island and the people living on it.
Our Deepest gratitude.
Mac Diver Fire Chief Cortes Island Fire Rescue
There are currently no open fire bans in effect for the Coastal fire centre.
Effective at noon on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, all open fires will once again be allowed throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, due to a decreased risk of wildfires.
Burn barrels, fireworks and tiki torches will also be permitted.
People who intend to conduct an open burn must first check with their local government to ensure that there are no additional local bylaws or restriction in place that might regulate open burning.
The rescinding of the open burning prohibition applies to all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a fire department.
Campfire Bans in Coastal Fire Centre
• Definition of Campfires
There are currently no campfire bans in effect for the Coastal fire centre.
Effective at 12 noon on Friday, August 28, campfires will once again be permitted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. The Coastal Fire Centre is rescinding its campfire prohibition due to forecasted cooler and wetter conditions, resulting in a decrease in wildfire risk in the region.
The following activities will now be allowed:
– Campfires, as defined by the wildfire regulation
– Open fires in an outdoor stove
The public is reminded that campfires cannot be larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide. Anyone who lights a campfire must have a hand tool (such as a shovel) or at least eight litres of water available to fully extinguish it. Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure that the ashes are completely cold to the touch before leaving the area.
Forest Use Restrictions in Coastal Fire Centre
There are currently no forest use restrictions in effect for the Coastal fire centre.
Ban ID #458. The above information took effect 8/31/2015 8:42:00 AM
Cortes Island Fire Fighting Association
#2 - 959 Beasley Road
Manson's Landing, B.C.
Phone: 250 935-6779