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Brady Tralnberg
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(Station 4 - City)

 

 


Open Fire Ban in Southeast Forest District - July 2, 2014

On July 2, 2014, all open fire was banned throughout the entire Southeast Fire Centre.

Prohibited activities include:

* the burning of any waste, slash or other materials
* stubble or grass fires of any size over any area
* the use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels of any size or description

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and it does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. (See below)

The Southeast Fire Centre covers the area extending from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. It includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.

Details on this ban can be found on the Wildfire Management Branch website.

Please note that all open burning, including campfires, is prohibited by bylaw year-round inside Grand Forks city limits. A permit may be issued for small campfires for cooking only. Please contact the Fire Department for details.

Posted by Kevin McKinnon
(2014-07-04 11:53:57)


Clara's Big Ride in Grand Forks May 23, 2014

Clara's Big Ride is a cross-Canada bicycle tour by 6-time Olympian Clara Hughes to raise awareness of mental illness in Canada.

The Ride stopped in Grand Forks on Friday May 23, and Clara was kind enough to stop for a photo with the members of Grand Forks Fire/Rescue who were on hand.

Photo credit: Craig Lindsay, Grand Forks Gazette

Posted by Kevin McKinnon
(2014-05-23 22:58:16)


2014 Freshet Update - River levels being monitored

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue is monitoring the Kettle and Granby Rivers. Warm weather at the end of last week coupled with rain over the first part of the Victoria Day long weekend have resulted in a rise in the levels on both rivers, although both are still shy of their respective water gauges.

Water flow rates are up significantly over the past 10 days, so everyone is encouraged to stay clear of the river banks and to exercise caution if you need to be near there.

If conditions warrant, information on how to acquire sandbags will be posted here, tweeted ( @GrandForksFire ) and distributed to the media. Remember that sandbags are only effective against surface water -- ground water seepage will not be stopped by sandbagging.

Further information will be posted as conditions change.

Posted by Kevin McKinnon
(2014-05-17 18:19:03)


5 Members Receive Long Service Awards

At the Monday meeting of Grand Forks City Council, Mayor Brian Taylor presented five volunteer firefighters with Exemplary Service (federal) and Long Service (provincial) medals for recognition of 20+ years of dedicated service to the community.

Dean Gourlie and John Feenstra were awarded the federal Exemplary Service Medal from the Office of the Governor General, which honours members of a recognized Canadian fire service who have completed 20 years of service. Lyle Dorner, Dean Bryant, and Loren Dorner were awarded the provincial Long Service Medal from the BC Office of the Fire Commissioner, which are "awarded by the Provincial Government to persons who have completed at least twenty-five (25) years of paid or volunteer fire service in British Columbia."

Pictured, left-to-right: Dean Gourlie, John Feenstra, Lyle Dorner, Dean Bryant, Chief Dale Heriot, Loren Dorner.

Posted by Kevin McKinnon
(2013-11-26 16:01:29)


Open Burning Ban In Effect for Southeast Fire District

CASTLEGAR – Effective at noon on July 8, all open fires are prohibited within the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. The prohibition will remain in place until Sept. 20 or until the public is otherwise notified.

Specifically, prohibited activities include:
-the burning of any waste, slash or other materials.
-stubble or grass fires of any size over any area.
-the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, or burning barrels of any size or description.

The prohibition does not restrict campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

Campfires must not be larger than 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres in size. Anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area and must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire. Make sure that that the campfire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. Please check with civic authorities for any restrictions before lighting a fire. (See below)

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345 or, if convicted in court, be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000 and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

Open burning within Grand Forks City limits is prohibited year-round. Small campfires for cooking purposes only may be allowed with a permit.

Posted by Kevin McKinnon
(2013-07-09 09:57:12)


 

 

Call Statistics
June
Fire:              9
Rescue:            1
First Responder:  27

2014
     Fire:Rescue:F.R.
Jan    7     4    19
Feb    6     4    21
Mar   12     3    19
Apr   12     0    14
May   15     2    26
Jun    9     1    27
2014  61    14   126

2013 Totals
Fire:            182
Rescue:           36
First Responder: 255
Total Calls:     473

2012 Totals
Fire:            174
Rescue:           41
First Responder:  83
Total Calls:     298

Last tone: Fire/Rescue received
2014/07/23 at 6:01:00 PM

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Last 10 News Items
Open Fire Ban in Southeast Forest District - July 2, 2014
Clara's Big Ride in Grand Forks May 23, 2014
2014 Freshet Update - River levels being monitored
5 Members Receive Long Service Awards
Open Burning Ban In Effect for Southeast Fire District
Open House At Station 4 - June 27, 2013
High-Angle Rope Rescue Training
GFFR Hosts Fire Suppression 12 Class
UPDATE: Flood Advisory for Southern Interior - May 14, 2013
Southeast Fire Centre urges caution with outdoor burning
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