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."

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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.


Burning

Campfires

Campfires are allowed in our fire protection area. A campfire is defined as a fire no bigger than 50cm in diameter.

Backyard Burning

Fires Under 2 Meters Diameter. Permits are NOT required from 1 November 2018 to 31 March 2019.

Fires Over 2 Metres Diameter. Call the firehall (250-337-8121) or the Duty Officer (250-830-7155) during business hours to arrange to pick up a permit.

It is NOT permissible to burn garbage at any time.

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.

Visit BC Wildfire Service for more details.

Bylaw Updates

Comox Valley Regional District bylaws relating to fire protection have recently been amended.
Review the amended bylaws by following these links:

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:

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 pharmacy near where you can obtain this life-saving kit.


Smoke Alarm Recall

Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm Due to Potential Safety Risk

Visit http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2018/66226r-eng.php for details.

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.

For details go to https://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/bylaws/bylaw_433_mtwashington_fire_services_est_consolidated.pdf


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.