Letter From the Fire Chief COVID-19 Updates for Gabriola Island
Dear Gabriola Island community, over the last few weeks our community and our world has been facing extreme challenges in order to fight the spread of COVID-19. Though we have not been as active on social media of late, it does not mean we haven’t been working round the clock to provide the safest care we possibly can for our community and our firefighters. We just wanted to take a moment to reassure you that the department and the other emergency services have taken extreme measures in order to protect the community and our members from the spread of COVID-19.
As of March 17th our department was divided into three platoons. These platoons work one week on and then are off for two weeks to quarantine before their next shift. This was implemented in order to insure that if one platoon is exposed to COVID-19 the whole department will not have to be quarantined and out of service.
At the beginning of March a COVID-19 Emergency working group was created with representatives from each emergency service on the island. This group involves, the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department, Gabriola Medical Clinic, BC Ambulance Service, RCMP, Home Care support, and Gabriola Emergency Social Services. The group is in constant communications with each other about the developing situation involving COVID-19, and is working hard together to craft emergency response plans for our community.
The directives we are taking are directly from the Vancouver Island Health Authority as relayed to us via the RDN. If there are any urgent updates or communications that the members of the community need to know about it will be sent out via the RDN Emergency Program. If you haven’t signed up for these alerts yet please go to https://rdnemergency.connectrocket.com and do so as soon as possible.
Oh behalf of the GVFD I want thank our community for its continued support during this difficult time. I also want to take a moment to thank our incredible volunteers and their families for their continued service and sacrifice in this difficult time. We will all get through this, together.
Fire Chief Will Sprogis