Happy Holiday from Fire Services!
Fire Services is happy to announce the addition of two new team members: Dean Colthorp (Fire Services Manager) and Brian Lauzon (Fire Services Officer). We warmly welcome Dean and Brian and look forward to the experience and skill set they bring to our team.
A major focus this month was our Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest. This year, FNESS participated in the BC Firefighter Burn Fund competition and hosted our annual contest for Indigenous schools in BC.
On November 13th, 2019, FNESS participated in the BC Firefighters Burn Fund Judging event and helped select winners for six regions. Over 1700 posters in total were received from schools across BC. The FNESS contest received over 130 entries from 12 BC schools. We are currently in the process of contacting winning schools and students.
Be sure to check your inbox in the following weeks if you participated in either of these contests!
One of our biggest deliveries this month was in partnership with the Gitxaala Nation. FNESS aims to provide services and training to all Indigenous communities in BC regardless of their location. We were very excited by the opportunity to work in Kitkatla, a remote coastal community south of Prince Rupert that is accessible only by boat and float plane. FNESS partnered with Lach Klan School, Kitkatla Volunteer Fire Dept and Gitxaala Nation on the two-day Youth Fire Prevention Camp. Students in Grades 8 to 12 worked with the Fire Department and FNESS to learn about fire safety and the skills required to be a part of the fire service. Additionally, FNESS supported the volunteer fire department with home fire safety inspections and smoke alarm testing and provided fire extinguishers to many local homes. Our next Fire Prevention Youth Camps are planned for Lax’kwallams Band (January 2020) and T’Sou-ke Nation (February 2020).
With the holiday season and colder weather approaching, now is the time to think about home fire safety. Many of our favourite parts of the holiday season (Christmas trees, fires in indoor fireplaces, the heat from wood stoves) can be potential fire sources. Check out these six fire safety measures to make your home safer during this holiday season:
- Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
- Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
- Replace any string of lights containing worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions to determine the number of light strands to connect.
- Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
- Put out candles and turn off lights before going to bed or leaving the house.
- Stay with your cooking! When using your stove top, be sure to stay in the kitchen.