Archive for Author Dimitri Tzotzos

About the Author: Dimitri Tzotzos
Dimitri Tzotzos is a Captain and First Responder Instructor with the GVFD.

FireSmart Community Champion Workshop

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.

General Meeting Minutes – June 5, 2019

GABRIOLA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
GENERAL MEETING
A General Meeting of the Gabriola Fire Protection District was held June 5,  2019 at the No. 1 Fire Hall with five Trustees in attendance, absent was  Paul Champion (John Hudson – resigned).
The meeting was called to order at 4:45 p.m. by acting Chair Sandra Rudischer.
The Chair asked for  errors or omissions from  the minutes of May 8, 2019 General Meeting, moved by John Moeller moved that the minutes be accepted with correction to correspondence, seconded by Mark Noyon, carried.
CORRESPONDENCE: N/A
TREASURER’S REPORT:
Paula Mallinson noted that $20,000 had been transferred out of the Capital Reserve Fund in Operations chequing due to some unexpectedly high bills, but that it would be transferred back when the Provincial Levy is received.
FIRE CHIEF REPORT: (As per written report)
Short discussion regarding fixing the old Hall torch on roof at the approximate price of $40,000 – $60,000.
∙    Cost more than that to tear it down.
∙    Summer would be the time to get it done
∙    Add to next meeting agenda.
TRAINING OFFICER REPORT:
Will Sprogis gave a brief report;
∙    Training taking place with 4 different groups
∙    6 new auxiliary FF
∙    6 old auxiliary firefighters moving into firefighting
∙    Brought in a mentor program
∙    Dimtri Tzotzos and Jethro Baker put on another F.R. course
∙    Re-purposing an old tank for training.
ASSOCIATION REPORT:
∙    Morale is really high
∙    June 30 is the Annual family Canada Day BBQ, Trustees and life members invited.
NEW BUSINESS:
Special Election:
∙    A Special Election has to be called to replace John Hudson
∙    Needs 14 days notice to the public
∙    Dates discussed, decided on June 26, 2019 @7:00 p.m.
Discussion;
∙    Returning Officer?
Moved by John Moeller to get a Returning Officer to run the election, seconded by Paul Giffin, carried.
∙    Method of nomination?
∙    In the past it is always been from the floor
∙    Can someone be nominated by email?
Moved by John Moeller that email nominations  and nominations from the floor be accepted but the nominees must be at the meeting to accept, seconded by Mark Noyon, carried.
Planning & Mitigation
Sean Lewis brought up Albert Reed’s 1999 Long Range Plan stating that there is a lot of good stuff in it that has withstood the test of time.
Sean noted that this could be a discussion for the Trustees and asked the Fire Chief to advise:
The Chief noted that he has been updating this plan, i.e. water sources, new trucks…, basically just using tags in the report as there is no computer copy to update at this time
Discussed;
∙    Water sources
∙    Structures and folios
∙    Fire Smarting
∙    Road accessibility / secondary accesses
∙    Driveways to properties
∙    Firefighters awareness of dangers
∙    Does the fire department have an Island Wide Plan?  The Fire Department’s mandate is fire protection and prevention, an emergency plan is the RDN
∙    Escape routes?  Pretend there is a fire, where would you go?  Need to think about this before it happens.
∙    Gabriola is not like Kelowna or Fort Mac with a 15% humidity, here the danger is more grass  fires, even in fire season our trees are not going to light  up like there.
∙    Worried about animals, PALS has regular meetings and emergency plans, staging areas.
∙    All due respect to the fire department but Douglas Fire are dying at a high rate, do you have a plan?  Chop the trees down.  We can’t go on private property and demand anything people have their rights.
∙    Island wide plan?  Personal responsibility, can’t do a whole lot to force private individuals.
∙    In a disaster we can bring in mutual aid,
∙    Best thing is to have a huge auxiliary and buy big trucks
∙    What about a citizen’s committee, have them go around the Island and report back?  The fire department has offered inspection of private properties for years.
∙    Speak with ESS – having a neighbourhood emergency plan is all encompassing with mechanisms in place and they have worked very hard to get interest in it.
∙    There is a Wildfire grant.  Yes the department had one done in 2009.
Website:
∙    Could the agenda and minutes of meetings be put on the Fire Department website?  Yes, we will start doing that, but the minutes will be drafts until approve by the Board.
Moved by Paul Giffin that the meeting be adjourned, seconded by John Moeller, carried.
Meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

GVFD Open House

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
  • CPR
  • 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.

Free Batteries! (and an Open House)

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.

The GVFD is pleased to be able to provide you with free 9V batteries for your smoke alarms.  Just stop by the Albert Reed Memorial Firehall, 730 Church Street, between 10-3, Tuesday through Friday.

 

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.

6th Annual GVFD Food & Toy Drive

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!

Bush Fire

This morning the GVFD responded to a bush fire call.  We discovered a pile of stacked firewood burning, and a smoldering fire working it’s way up the hill.  It appears that someone had a campfire about 2 days ago, and did not completely extinguish it.  The stacked firewood was piled very close to the camp fire, and the area was not cleared of combustible material.  This fire could have been avoided if the burning regulations had been followed.
As a reminder:
– Only small 1/2m fires are permitted at this time.
– Theses fires must have a 1m perimeter of non-combustible material, and must be a safe distance from any combustible growth or objects.
– Fires must be continuously attended.A charged hose or 20L pail of water and a shovel must be kept available.
– Any costs incurred for extinguishing a fire may be charged to the property owner if the fire resulted from carelessness or a disregard of the burning regulations.
The GVFD burning regulations are available on our website (http://gabriolafire.ca/burning/burning-regulations/), in the Gabriola Directory, and from the firehall.

It’s Time For Another Open House!

GVFD Open House – Saturday, May 13th

It’s time for another open house!  Come join us at the Albert Reed Memorial Fire Hall, 730 Church Street, from 1-4pm, on May 13th.
Gabriola firefighters will be there to talk about ways to FireSmart your property before the warm, dry summer weather gets here.  We will also have a wood chipper on site, so you can see how simple it is to use.  Chipping is a great alternative to burning all those pesky branches that are cluttering up your yard.  We have lots of FireSmart brochures, and are happy to discuss them with you.
Effective CPR save lives.  Want to learn basic, compression-only CPR?  Give us 30 minutes, and we will teach you, let you practice, and have a quick discussion about the automatic external defibrillators that are in more and more public areas.  Heart & Stroke Foundation Instructors, Jethro and Dimitri will be hosting CPR instruction every 1/2 hour during the Open House.
Do you have fire extinguishers at home or work?  Do you know how to use them safely?  Stop by and learn how to use an extinguisher properly.  Need an extinguisher?  We have them for sale at a great price.
We’ll also have one of our trucks set up with hoses flowing water for the kids (of all ages) to check out and try.
Just want to stop by and meet some of Gabriola’s firefighters and first responders?  You can do that too.  We’ll show you around the trucks, and answer any questions you may have.
We hope to see you there!

Christmas Food and Toy Drive, 2015

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.

Update

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.

Christmas Food and Toy Drive, 2014

gabriola-christmas-food-toy-drive-2014Gabriola’s 3rd annual Christmas Food and Toy Drive will be this Sunday, December 7th, 2014.

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.

(Click map image for bigger version.)