Also known as the Officer on Duty
When the fire chief is on duty, he is the officer in charge – the duty officer.
When the fire chief is off-duty, the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department is run by a duty officer. The duty officer is a senior firefighter whose skills include incident command – in other words, managing the scene and directing firefighters when there’s a fire, car crash, or other serious event.
The duty officer is also in charge of investigating burning complaints. So if you phone the department because a silly person on your street is burning a bunch of logs on a hot August day, you’ll see the duty officer arrive to check things out and take appropriate action.
The role of duty officer is shared by five firefighters, so you’ll see a variety of people filling this role.
To contact the duty officer
To contact the Gabriola duty officer directly, call this pager number: 250-755-9289.