Archive for Author Dimitri Tzotzos
A listing of the Gabriola Fire Protection Improvement District Trustee meeting agendas and minutes can now be found on the Trustees page of this site.
Are you keen to help yourself and your neighbours by moving towards being a recognized FireSmart community?
We will be hosting a Community Champion Workshop on Monday, August 19, 2019.
Space is very limited, so if you are interested, reserve your spot ASAP by calling the GVFD fire hall, at (250)247-9677.
This workshop is geared towards those people who are willing to step forward and be a leader in their neighbourhood. Please see the PIP CCW Recruit Flyer for more information.
The GVFD officers and firefighters will be hosting an Open House at the Albert Reed Memorial Fire Hall (North Hall), from 10am-2pm on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
Come meet our crew, look at the hall and trucks, and take part in some informative and fun demonstrations, including:
- Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Smart your property
- Smoke Detectors
- Watch our firefighters training in our live burn building.
- Let the kids try spraying water from the ground monitor.
- Chat with people from the RDN, ESS, and PALS about emergency preparedness.
Reminder: With the recent time change, it’s a great idea to install new batteries in all your smoke detectors, and make sure they work properly. Working smoke detectors save lives.
Smoke alarms save lives!
With the recent time change, this is a perfect time to change the battery in your smoke alarm. Batteries should be changed every six months, so taking care of it when you change your clocks is a great idea.
In addition to installing new batteries every six months, you should test your smoke alarms monthly, and ensure that they are clean, and free of dust. If you would like more information about smoke alarms, please contact the GVFD.
For more information on fire related topics, come visit us at the fire hall Open House, on April 14th, 2018. We can talk to you about smoke alarms, the FireSmart program, fire extinguishers (they’re for sale too), and many other things. We will also try to have a few firefighters ready to demonstrate our new live fire training building!
Open House times and activities will be advertised closer to April 14th.
This Sunday, December 3rd, is the 6th Annual GVFD Food & Toy Drive! We hope you will all help make this holiday season a little better for fellow Gabriolans in need. All proceeds will be passed along to PHC for distribution. On Sunday, please stop by one of our many festive totes to drop off your donation.
The Drive will take place between 4:30-7pm. The trucks will be decorated with lights, and we’ll have candy canes to hand out, so please come and say hi at one of our many stops. You can also pass along your donation directly to us.
Village Food Market, as in past years, has already started off the Drive with a fantastic donation of 800lbs of fresh produce! Here are some of our firefighters, along with Village Food Market staff, PHC volunteers, and even Santa unloading the delivery.
We hope to see lots of people out on Sunday! PHC will be providing hot chocolate at the end of the Drive at Folk Life Village. Come have a warm drink, say hi to the firefighters, check out the trucks, drop off your donation, and maybe even sing a Christmas carol or two. It’s going to be FUN!
GVFD Open House – Saturday, May 13th
It’s nearly time for the GVFD’s 4th Annual Food & Toy Drive!
On Sunday, December 6th, the GVFD will place wrapped totes around Gabriola to collect your food and toy donations. Then, at 5pm, we will begin our drive around the island in our decorated fire trucks to collect the totes. Please check the posted maps and schedules to see where/when we will be stopping in your neighborhood. We’d love for you to come and meet us and give us your donation in person. We’ll have Christmas music and candy canes!
Everything we collect will be passed along to PHC for distribution to fellow Gabriolans in need.
Thank you for your continued support.
The toy drive went very well, in spite of being the proverbial dark and stormy night. While the crowds were not large, the donation boxes were stuffed! Bill and Dimitri delivered the loot to the PHC, and it appears to be even bigger than last year. We will update later with that info.
Thanks Gabriola for supporting us in this endeavour. Our FF’s enjoy undertaking it as well.
You’ll see wrapped totes around the island at pick-up spots; they’ll be out all day Sunday at each location. Please help fill those totes with non-perishable food items, or new, unwrapped toys.
Beginning at 5pm, you’ll see firefighters driving decorated fire trucks around the island, picking up your donations. If you like, come and meet the trucks! Our map shows pick-up points and approximate times, so you’ll know where to find those totes, and when to see trucks in your neighbourhood.
BC Ferries employees in the Nanaimo-side terminal of the Gabriola run have put up a Christmas tree in the waiting room. Donations left there will be delivered to the Gabriola Firefighters just before Christmas.
Donations will go to People for a Healthy Community.
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