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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.