As of 1 April 2019, Burn Permits are required for all fires over 50 cm in diameter in the Black Creek/Oyster Bay Fire Protection Area.
Permits are available Tuesdays, between 5pm and 6pm, at the firehall. If you have any questions please call the duty officer at: 250-830-7155.
Recreational Fires: campfires and beachfires
"Recreational Fire" means the burning of wood for recreational purposes in a permanent outdoor fireplace, barbecue or fire pit not larger than 60 centimeters (24 inches) in diameter that is designed and constructed to confine the fire and is suitable for such a purpose, or within a fully enclosed burner or similar device. Recreational fires shall include fires used for the purposes of cooking food and the provision of heat.
Tips for preparing and caring for your next beach or backyard fire:
- Recreational fires must not exceed 24 inches (60 centimetres) in diameter.
- Do not light a fire or keep it burning in windy conditions. The wind may carry embers and spread the fire.
- Always light beach fires below the high tide line.
- Maintain a fireguard around the fire: a fuel-free area free of flammable materials (grass, kindling, driftwood, etc.).
- Keep a bucket of water nearby for extinguishing the fire.
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- Make sure that the fire is completely extinguished, and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area. An abandoned fire can become a dangerous and fast-moving blaze.
- Be extra vigilant in supervising kids near the fire. Teach kids how to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothing should catch fire.
The current BC Wildfire Service Season Outlook can be downloaded here.
Don't Be the Cause of a Wildfire
Interface fires often start as small accidental ignitions. FireSmart standards are
aimed at helping interface residents to prevent interface fires. Follow
this link to download the current BC FireSmart manual.
Chimneys. Chimneys should be constructed to meet current British Columbia building code requirements and should have approved spark arrestors.
Burn Barrels. Burn barrels should be located well away from buildings and other combustible items. Burn barrels should have proper ventilation, screens and should never be left burning unattended. For safer disposal, take your debris to a landfill site.
Power Lines and Propane Tanks. Vegetation should be cleared well back from power lines, propane tanks, and other fuel supplies.
Emergency Access. FireSmart building sites have adequate access for emergency vehicles, with an on-site emergency water supply such as a pool, pond, or tank.
Shovels and Rakes. Every home should have shovels, rakes, axes, garden hoses, sprinklers, and roof ladders to assist in suppressing wildfires.
Good News for Rural Home Owners
Oyster River Fire Rescue has successfully passed the Superior Tanker Shuttle Service. This means that ORFR can supply enough water to have some areas without fire hydrants qualify as having a fire hydrant within 300m of their house. Fire Chief Bruce Green says "Now that this achievement is in place, residential property owners in the Black Creek Oyster Bay Fire Protection Area should know that they can contact their insurance provider to discuss if their property qualifies for any benefit on their premium of the fire portion of their residential policy."
Click on the image of to download a full size copy to provide to your insurance broker.
WASP: Wildfire Automated Sprinkler Protection
WASP gutter mounted sprinkler systems are available at the Oyster River Fire Hall for $130 per set.
The kit contains two sprinkler heads, gutter mounts, and weeping hose. The system is easy to instal on gutters or facia.
New Vehicles Donated by ORVFRA
On 21 December 2018, Oyster River Volunteer Fire Rescue Association presented CVRD Electoral Area C Director Edwin Grieve and Black Creek-Oyster Bay Services Committee Chair Brenda Leigh with the keys to the new fire services equipment. ORVFRA purchased the new equipment with monies earned from provincial wildfire deployments during the summers of 2017 and 2018.
Bylaw UpdatesComox Valley Regional District bylaws relating to fire protection have recently been amended.
Review the amended bylaws by following these links:
- Black Creek Oyster Bay Fire Protection LSA Bylaw No. 1964, 1998
- Black Creek Oyster Bay Fire Service Administration Bylaw 293, 2014
- Black Creek Oyster Bay Fire Protection Service Regulations Bylaw No. 357, 2014
Use Naloxone to Save a Life
Naloxone is a life-saving drug that temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Within 1 to 5 minutes, naloxone can reverse slowed breathing. Naloxone should be given to an unresponsive person, particularly if they are breathing slowly or not at all.
If you suspect an overdose, call 911 right away and follow the SAVE ME protocol while waiting for first responders, and administer naloxone if available.
Where to Obtain a Naloxone Kit
BC has a Take Home Naloxone program in place to reduce the harm and deaths associated with opioid overdoses. The program provides training in overdose prevention, recognition, and first aid response.
You are eligible to receive FREE a naloxone kit if you:
- have a history of using substances particularly heroin , cocaine, crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine,
- are likely to witness and respond to an overdose (not including health care professionals or clinics for staff use on patients), and/or
- are First Nations' and living in BC. The FNHA's First Nations Health Benefits plan will cover the cost.
If you are not eligible for the free kit, you can purchase naloxone and related supplies, as well as overdose prevention and response training.
Click here to find a nearby pharmacy where you can obtain this life-saving kit.
Smoke Alarm Recall
Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm Due to Potential Safety Risk
Remember, only WORKING smoke alarms can save you.
Fire Extinguisher Recall
If you have a plastic push button or plastic handled fire extinguisher in your home, read this:
Recently, there was a worldwide recall of over 40 million fire extinguishers, and although the manufacturer is Kidde, they were sold under numerous brands. So, if you have a fire extinguisher with a plastic push button or plastic handled, go to the following site to see if it is one of those recalled. If it is, Kidde will provide you with a free replacement.
For details go to: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2017/65014r-eng.php.
Oyster River Fire Rescue and Mt. Washington Resort Community
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) board has approved the Oyster River Fire Rescue department as the fire protection service provider for the Mount Washington resort community.
Expiry Dates: Children's Car Seats or Booster Seats
All children's car seats and booster seats sold in Canada have an expiry or useful life date on them.
To find out more, click here.
Personal Emergency Preparedness
ORFR and the Comox Valley Emergency Program (CVEP) offer Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) training free of charge to local residents.
Sessions are held at the Oyster River Fire Hall on a regular basis. Please watch this space for future dates and times.
To register and place your name on a wait list, please call ORFR at 250-337-8121.
Help Us Help You—Use Reflective Address Signs
Firefighters and First Responders can find your residence only if your
address number is well marked. Reflective address signs can make a difference
that might save lives.
Visit www.911reflectivesign.ca/ to learn more and order yours today.
Become a Volunteer Firefighter
Applications for prospective volunteers are available at the Fire Hall every Wednesday evening between 18:30 and 20:30.