New Tanker/Tender Truck Almost Complete

The brand new HIFR truck #66 is soon on its way. The black back is a 2000 gallon plastic water tank.

Rob Zielinski and I had a virtual tour of the new Hornby Island Fire Rescue tender. It is almost complete and is on track to be delivered in a week or two. We did a video conference with the folks at Fort Garry Fire Trucks at their factory in Winnipeg where they wandered around the truck with an iPhone showing us some of the features.

They will be sending a driver/trainer to drive the rig to Hornby Island and spend a day training us on its components. We’ll start using it in our training sessions before the end of September in the hopes of challenging the Superior Tanker Shuttle Accreditation test in the spring.

Fire Hazard now at Extreme

The danger class went to EXTREME this afternoon.

HIFR is asking people to please refrain from using chainsaws and other small engines that have potential for generating sparks.

Professional fallers and other forestry professionals are exempt from this as they are covered under the forestry act. They are required, however,  to do a thorough assessment of the conditions, establish a fire suppression system, and may be responsible for any damages caused by a fire that they start.

911 Tower on Mount Geoffrey

The North Island 911 tower at the top of Mount Geoffrey

In Tues afternoon, Quana and I accompanied representatives from North Island 911 and North Island Communications to the top of Mount Geoffrey to inspect the 911 tower. With this tower serving as the radio repeater for the entire Comox Valley South area it needs an inspection every few years.

A solar panel charges a battery bank which runs the radio transceiver. It’s a simple installation which has run flawlessly since it’s installation almost 20 years ago. A battery swap and new antenna is being planned for next spring.

Campfires Closed Thursday at noon

Tonight is your last night to enjoy a campfire as the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource have closed all open burning as of noon on Thursday the 6th of July.  Starting on Thursday evening only propane campfires will be allowed.

Call the fire hall at 250.335.2611 or the fire patrol at 250.703.1792 if  you have any questions or concerns.

For the entire press release click the image

Wildland fire risk increasing

Forestry crews are battling two fires fairly close to home. There is a big one at Harrison Lake (pictured to the right)and a smaller one at the bottom of Blackcomb Mountain. Both were human started.

The grass up on Mount Geoffrey is still green but things are starting to get a crispy. Safe and small campfires are still allowed but please use caution. If there is an onshore wind then consider a campfire at one of the beaches on the other side of the island. Be safe!

New Fire Rings in Place

Albini, Scott, Sasha, and Quana installed four new fire rings on the non-park section of Tribune Bay beach today. The rings have been proven to be an excellent way to keep the beach fires in the same locations. They also limit the size of the campfires and reduce the chance of fires spreading into the logs at the head of the beach.

The Fire Patrol crew is installing the the new rings at Tribune Bay Beach.

The Fire Patrol crew is out every night during the summer investigating fire concerns and making sure that everyone is enjoying a safe camp fire. If someone appears vulnerable due to intoxication at a beach gathering our Fire Patrol often provides a helping hand. They carry Naloxone kits and have the training to administer them.

It’s not an easy job but the relationship building and the public education that Albini, Scott, and Quana bring make it look effortless.

Backyard Burning Season Coming to an End

We use the Forest Fire Danger forecasting station at Bowser for our region as it’s the closest one to us. If anything, Bowser is a bit more damp that Hornby and the forecasts are calling for the danger class to move to “high” on Monday. If that happens, we will be closing the season for backyard burns and any open permits will be cancelled, including any category 3 permits.

Safe campfires will still be allowed. Click the poster to learn what makes a safe campfire.