Open Burning—Burning Ban in EffectOpen fires are banned within our fire protection areas: Black Creek/Oyster Bay, Greater Merville, and Mt. Washington.
This includes fireworks, sky lanterns, and burn barrels.
Campfires and beach fires are still permitted with the following rules:
- They are to be no bigger than 50 cm in diameter.
- They are to be used for warmth or cooking purposes only.
- They must made with seasoned firewood.
- The must be at least 3.5m from any combustible material.
- Users must have a bucket of water beside the fire.
- Users must completely extinguish fires with water before leaving the fire unattended. Do not cover fires with earth or sand.
- All fires must be extinguished by 11pm unless on private property.
QuestionsContact the ORFR Duty Officer at 250-830-7155 with questions or concerns.
Wildfire—Learn to be FireSmart
FireSmart standards are aimed at
helping interface residents to prevent interface fires.
this link to download the current BC FireSmart
- Chimneys. Chimneys should be constructed to meet current British Columbia building code requirements and should be fitted with 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.
Wildfire Preparedness GuideClick hereto download a copy of PreparedBC's Wildfire Preparedness Guide.
Good News for Rural Home Owners
Oyster River Fire Rescue has successfully passed the Superior Tanker Shuttle Service. This means that Oyster River Volunteer Fire Rescue can supply enough water to have some areas without fire hydrants qualify as having a fire hydrant within 300 meters 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 to download a full size copy to provide to your insurance broker.
Fire Protection 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
- Northern Fire Protection Service Areas Regulation Bylaw No. 689, 2022 (replaces Black Creek Oyster Bay Fire Protection Service Regulations Bylaw No. 357, 2014)
Dealing with Opiod Overdose
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.
Read this information from BC College of Pharmacists.
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.
Have a Naloxone Kit Ready
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 a FREE 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 living in BC.
Find a pharmacy near you to obtain this life-saving kit.
Become an Opiod Harm Reduction Champion
The Red Cross offers free, 30-minute, on-line training to anyone interested in reducing stigma, changing attitudes towards opioid use, and increasing knowledge of how harm reduction works to help during an opioid poisoning emergency.
Personal Emergency Preparedness
Oyster River Fire Department 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 Department 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 Oyster River Volunteer Fire Rescue at 250-337-8121.
Help Us Help You—UseReflective 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.