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At 6 AM Jim Steinbach reported heavy smoke above Aiden, Ben and Tyler place between Saphire bay and the boat launch. Al Leighton (Fire Chief) went to get eyes on the fire and found a rank 2 fire about 0.3 ha.
A call out was issued and Gun Lake Fire responded promptly. By 7:30 we had a 1200' hose lay and had water on the fire. By 10:00am the fire was at patrol status and that is where we will be for the next day or so.
Thanks to a fantastic effort from our GLFPS group of volunteers it was a great outcome.
The fire number is K70585 - check the BC Wildfire Apps or Map for information
Well the 2021 Fire season is upon us and of course Covid is still with us so to say the least we face some challenges. So let's jump right into it with of course training, yes the good old S100A your annual recurrency which with luck it seems that most of you don't need only because you are due for your 5 year S100 full course. (sorry) This brings out the Elephant in the closet, COVID and how do we train around it.
Gun Lake Fire has decided to go with online training for our members requiring their annual S100A re certification. This quick course is required to maintain your S100 Basic Wildland Fire Fighting certificate making you available as active members of Gun Lake Fire. The course takes at most 30 minutes to complete and will be paid for by Gun Lake Fire. You have until the end of May to complete .
A minimum of a chemical extinguisher (2A 10B C rated) or a compound of water AFFF fire fighting foam extinguisher(3A 21B C rated) should be available for kitchen fires and it is recommended that a second extinguisher be available in or near sleep quarters to aid in escaping from a cabin fire.
Do you have your fire pump set up and tested? Do it now don't wait for a fire!
Jenny James for a big donation to GLFPS. The donation was a thank you to GLF in particular our Chief Al, being lucky enough to pull her dog Ruby out of a hole in the ice in Rose Bay.
John Courchesne for providing Al a reduced price for a 3 day Buckerman's course. Saving was significant and now GLFPS has two qualified buckers.
Kevin Knox of KustomKreations who built GLF a great brush deflector for the basket stretcher on the top of the Fire Truck.
Dec 2020 - A nice surprise from our district rep Sal DeMare. A contribution from the SLRD Area A "Appreciation Fund". Thank You!
Thanks also to all the generous contributors who provided the funding for fire truck, which made it possible for Gun Lake Fire to respond to the truck fire and prevent fire from spreading into the forest.
Again to all of you who volunteer for standby and call
Suggest to your neighbours and friends to also volunteer. Volunteers are our only source of man power help. There can be income tax benefits. You all can contribute, it can be a small or large amount, it is totally up to you.
Even if you are only at the lake for a week or two during the summer, you can help. So please join!
In the event of another fire, we are it (GLF), there is no one else!
To be able to help fight a fire until Forestry arrive (usually
several hours), you must be trained and have taken the S100 course (its free with a bit your time).
It is required by the Government to be cover by Worker Compensation, as GLF works under BC Forestry.
In 2020, we were finally able to replace our 20 plus year old fire hose with much needed new hose. Each year we continue to expand and upgrade our equipment to better serve the Gun Lake community.
There was a lot of work went into the facility, and this was just near the start of it back in May of 2013! Lots of volunteer time went into making it happen back then. Thanks to all the volunteers!
Gun Lake Fire Protection Society Fire Hall start with Sal DeMare, Al Leighton and 2 others on May 11, 2013.
Less we not forget all the hard work of Gun Lake volunteers, it appears construction was started in 2012 with the excavation of the site, after many years of negotiation with the SLRD for a site.
The build is on! Yes, we have actually started filling the trenches that were excavated last year (2012).
Now, this giant leap forward could not have been done without the help of some local businesses. So thanks go out to Ken Archer at Top Gun Towing for hauling in our first load of supplies and Scott Holden for lending us his tamper. Not to mention Mike Jensen for keeping us level with the use of his transit. There was also the crew Dave, Sal, Sheila, John and, of course, Troy who really lightened the load. Many thanks again to all who kicked in and remember to support those businesses that support us.
Photo credit to Sheila Macdonald and Norris Girling
Helicopters owners Ernst and Alison Maas made the GLFPS a HUGE deal! Included
the deal are 4 base station radios, 2 Garmin 60CSx GPS, 2 spine boards, 2 basket stretchers and a
2 first aid kit including C collars, oxygen kit and spider straps.
It's nice to have friends in high places.
You know who you are, and we know too. Without your help, we wouldn't be where we are today. Thank you for all the hours you put in helping to build the fire building.
|Signal Systems||Gerry Mey|
|Transwest Helicopters||Don Humble|
|Builders World||Bud & Clair McStay|
|Acklands Grainger||Claude Chardonnens|
|Sherine Industries||Anna Vostrova|
|Jordan Litke, Polaris Land Surveying Inc||John Rose|
|Doug Enstrom, D. Engstrom Electrical Ltd.||Al Leighton|
|Ken Archer, Top Gun Towing||Dale Hull|
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Gun Lake's 2020 Danger Rating pattern
Covid-19 and Wildfires
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