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

Open Burning Ban in Effect

Important  announcement regarding open burning on the island.  Under the directive of the RDN, the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department has now implemented a complete ban on all open burning. This is due to the current COVID-19 health emergency and air quality concerns for those that may be affected. This ban is effective immediately and you will see all the “No Fire” signs up around the island by the end of the day.

Exemptions from the open burning ban are cooking fires and wood stoves to heat your homes. We thank you for your continued support and compliance during these difficult times. We will get through this, together.

Fire Hall Office closed to public

Effective immediately, the office at the Albert Reed Memorial Fire Hall will be closed to the public.

The fire hall and office will be operating as usual, but the doors will be closed to public in order to protect our members and community.

You can still reach us by phone (250-247-9677) or email (gabfire@shaw.ca).

If you want to purchase a fire extinguisher, we can deliver it to you.

We will continue to conduct on-site inspections prior to burn permits being issued.

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 Sunday, March 15, 2020.  The course will take place from 9am-1pm, at the Albert Reed Memorial Fire Hall on Church Street.

Space is 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.

Meeting Minutes (DRAFT)- December 4, 2019

GABRIOLA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
GENERAL MEETING
A General Meeting of the Gabriola Fire Protection District was held December 4,  2019 at the No. 1 Fire Hall with five Trustees in attendance, absent was Paul Giffin and John Moeller.
The meeting was called to order at 4:55 p.m. by Chairman Sandra Rudischer
October 23, 2019 minutes, errors or omissions?   Moved by Diana Moher that the minutes be accepted as presented, seconded by Penelope Bahr, carried.
The Chair welcomed the newly appointed Fire Chief, Will Sprogis.
FIRE CHIEF REPORT: (As per written report)
TRAINING OFFICER REPORT: Presented by Captain/T.O. Jethro Baker
Training topics for the month of December:
∙    Ambulance orientation/practising with EHS stair chair
∙    Pre-fire planning
∙    Fire dynamics
∙    Fire underwriters survey superior tanker shuttle practice
In the New Year:
∙    I am currently working on the training schedule for next yer.
∙    Reviewing our work safe B.C.  OHS part 31 – compliance
∙    Reviewing our OFC playbook compliance
∙    Planning needed courses determined by the previous regulations
Thank you for the hard work and dedication of all of our firefighters over the last year and years past.  This past year our members put in well over 3000 person hours into training and responding to calls.  I thank them for their dedication to the department.  Thank you to the families of the firefighters for making this possible.  When our firefighters respond to calls, and attend training it is with great sacrifice to themselves and their family’s livelihood.
ASSOCIATION REPORT:
∙    Morale is good.
∙    Christmas party on December 7, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
OLD BUSINESS:
Communications Committee
Sean Lewis noted that the Communication Committee had met and discussed the website for the Trustees, and that they will seek advise from the Webmaster of the GVFD site.
Penelope Bahr moved that the GFPID Board of Trustees direct the Communications Committee to work with the webmaster of the GVFD to increase the online presence and accessibility of the GFPID on the existing Gabriolafire.ca website.  And, that the new design be presented to the Board for approval at a regular General meeting.  Seconded by Sean Lewis, carried.
OFC Audit
The self Audit from the OFC was discussed with the following points being brought up:
∙    Suggest Trustees read the Playbook to get a better understanding of the Audit.
∙    The GVFD has struck a Health and Safety Committee.
∙    If anything was extraordinary it would be flagged and brought to the Board’s attention.
∙    The Officer’s will discuss at their monthly meeting and bring any concerns to the Board.
∙    Copies available for the Trustees.
Moved by Mark Noyon that the meeting be adjourned, seconded by Penelope Bahr, carried.  Meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.  and went in-camera.

Meeting Agenda – 4:45pm, Wednesday, January 15, 2020

GABRIOLA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT           
AGENDA – JANUARY 15, 2020  – 4:45  P.M. NO. 1 HALL
   
MINUTES:
∙    December 4, 2019
CORRESPONDENCE:
TREASURER’S REPORT:
FIRE CHIEF REPORT:
TRAINING OFFICER REPORT:
ASSOCIATION:
NEW BUSINESS:
OLD BUSINESS:
∙    Trustee website
∙    Review of Audit
∙    Election procedures
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR:
IN CAMERA

Trustee Meeting Minutes – October 23, 2019

October 23, 2019 – Trustee Meeting Minutes

GABRIOLA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
GENERAL MEETING
A General Meeting of the Gabriola Fire Protection District was held October 23,  2019 at the No. 1 Fire Hall with six Trustees in attendance, absent was Sandra Rudischer.
The meeting was called to order at 4:50 p.m. by  acting Chairman Mark Noyon.
September 4, 2019 minutes, errors or omissions?   Moved by Sean Lewis that the minutes be accepted as presented, seconded by Diana Moher, carried.
September 25 2019 minutes, errors or omissions?   John Moeller noted that he had been at the meeting and it was Mark Noyon who was not.  Penelope Bahr said that she had not been informed there would be a meeting after the election.   Paula Mallinson agreed this was correct, stating that she looked for  Penelope shortly after she had been elected as a Trustee, to inform her of the meeting,  but she  had left the building.  Moved by John Moeller  that the minutes be accepted as amended, seconded by Paul Giffin, carried.
CORRESPONDENCE: N/A
FIRE CHIEF REPORT:
The Chief noted that he had been on holidays, so there was no written report.  He noted that Dimitri Tzotzos had written a summary of the new burning bylaws and that they will be in the phone book and the GVFFA website, and stated that at some point the Trustees would have to amend the Burning Bylaw.
TRAINING OFFICER REPORT:
∙    Hosted a Hazmat course at the Hall with Mudge, Cedar and Cranberry Firefighters attending, it was a good course and probably saved the department thousands of dollars.
∙    Practiced with HAM on Gabriola and in Nanaimo using the emergency radio set up in the bus.  It was a simulation of last years major wind storm.
Sean Lewis asked to what level was the Hazmat course.   The T.O. stated to the basic level, which allows the firefighters to get their NFPA 1001 Level 2 certification.
ASSOCIATION REPORT:
∙    Morale is great, recruits are excited about training.
∙    Fireworks will be held on October 26.
∙    How many new recruits?  6 full frontline with 15 auxiliary.
∙    How many women?  6 – 7 with two on the waiting list.
NEW BUSINESS:
The Provincial Levy, Bylaw 94
∙    Changes to the GFPID 2020 Budget, a 2.1% increase,  were explained.
∙    It was noted that one of the Truck Bylaws had been paid off in 2019, so the increase should not make any impact on homeowners taxes.
Moved by Diana Moher that bylaw 94 be accepted, seconded by Paul Giffin, carried.
Moved by Penelope Bahr that bylaw 94 be accepted, seconded by John Moeller, carried.
Moved by Diana Moher that bylaw 94 be accepted, seconded by Paul Giffin, carried.
OLD BUSINESS:
Old Hall 1 roof:
∙    We are currently waiting for an Engineer, who is coming over to the Island on another matter, to inspect the roof, so we can save some money.  Will monitor the roof over the winter.
Hydrant Easement:
∙    Waiting for an Engineer’s report.
∙    Insurance company coming back with prices.
Trustee’s website:
∙    At this point the website is just for receiving applications and correspondence, Paul Champion would like the Trustees to take it over.
∙    Communication Committee should take a look at it and get back to the Board.
∙    Get the invoice from Paul Champion and pay for it.
Moved by John Moeller and the meeting be adjourned, seconded by Paul Giffin, carried.
Questions from the floor:
∙    Liz Ciocea stated that she had attended the Fire Smart course put on by Dimitri Tzotzos and Will Sprogis, and had enjoyed it and was hoping there would be more to come.  Will noted there will be another course in January.
∙    Liz Ciocea also thanked Duty Officer, Will Sprogis for coming over and checking out the transformer that had blown at the end of her street, and phoning her to let her know it was safe.
∙    Toby Elliot asked if there was any thought about reviewing the communications with the community during a power outage?
    ∙    It was noted that the RDN is the contact agency.
    ∙    Information on the website.
    ∙    If signed up with the RDN should get a text or a phone call during an emergency.
    ∙    ESS, run by Shirley Nicolson is the contact on the Island.
    ∙    The bulletin board at the Village has a lot of information on it.
    ∙    Information in the phone book.
    ∙    This is not the Fire Department’s mandate, they help where they can.
∙    Kyle Clifford read a letter of concern he had regarding the hiring of the Fire Chief.
Asked if the survey done a few years ago had been viewed by the Board?
    The Board took his letter to be discussed in-camera.
At this point the Chairman thanked the audience for coming out and their input, and the Board went in-camera.

Trustee Meeting Agenda – October 23, 2019

October 23, 2019 – Trustee General Meeting

GABRIOLA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
AGENDA – October 23,  2019  – 4:45  P.M. NO. 1 HALL
MINUTES:
∙    September 4, 2019
CORRESPONDENCE:
TREASURER’S REPORT: N/A
FIRE CHIEF REPORT:
TRAINING OFFICER REPORT:
ASSOCIATION:
NEW BUSINESS:
∙    2020 Provincial levy
OLD BUSINESS:
∙    Old Hall 1 roof
∙    Hydrant – easement insurance
∙    Trustee website
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR:
 IN-CAMERA:

Trustee Meeting Minutes – September 4, 2019

September 4, 2019 – Trustee Meeting Minutes

GABRIOLA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
GENERAL MEETING
A General Meeting of the Gabriola Fire Protection District was held September 4,  2019 at the No. 1 Fire Hall with four Trustees in attendance, absent was Mark Noyon.
The meeting was called to order at 4:50 p.m. by Acting Chair Sandra Rudischer.
CORRESPONDENCE:
∙    Gertie
FIRE CHIEF REPORT: (As per written report)
TRAINING OFFICER REPORT:
Will Sprogis gave a brief report noting the following:
∙    Recruits half way through their training
∙    Our firefighters are working hard
∙    Started using Acting Officers to pick up the slack during practices, doing 3 different groups on training night
∙    Did a cross training with BCAS, RCMP, SAR, and HAM – who played dispatch
∙    HAM set up our emergency truck to use in case the repeater is down
∙    Will Sprogis and Dimitri Tzotzos held a Fire Safe course with 10 people attending, ESS came out to help.  Looking forward to moving forward with this training
ASSOCIATION REPORT:
∙    Association is starting preparations for Halloween night and the fireworks.
NEW BUSINESS:
The GFPID received a letter from Gertie and they would like to get together with the Trustees to discuss  housing the trucks in the old Hall.
∙    This is something that we can look into if we decide to bring the old Hall up to date with new roof, etc., but will have to look into insurance implications also.
OLD BUSINESS:
Long Range Plan:
Sean Lewis asked how the digitizing of the Long Range Plan was progressing?  John Moeller noted that it was almost complete but that some of the charts and maps are picking up properly.
Once completed it can be updated and put on the Website for public information.
Old Hall 1:
The Fire Chief noted that while he was away he had asked Will Sprogis to look into the costs of different types of roofing.
Will Sprogis stated that the main problem is because of the weight of the gravel and tower on the roof it will need to be shimmed up and ply wood put down, basically the estimates are between 45,000 – $50,000, with one company offering a 30 year warranty.
He had also looked into trusses as suggested by Sean Lewis, but the company said because of the roof span they would be too long for the ferry, and the cost would be almost double.
Discussion:
∙    Nice thing about trusses you get a 50 year warranty, should be a way to get them over.
∙    No sense in paying double for trusses, especially with a 30 year warranty the other way.
∙    Is the Hall used?  Yes, we do auto X, ladder training, S&R… during the winter months this is great, keeps the equipment and Ffs dry.
∙    Other than an earthquake the building is pretty solid.
∙    Roof was fixed last year, but this year carpenter ants are attacking it, might last another year at the most.
∙    If we don’t do something with it, it will become a liability.
∙    Some of the roofers said they would babysit the roof until they could do the job.
∙    Do we need to get an Engineer report on it?  We have had two done in the past when considering a new Hall, will pull them out.
∙    Suggest torch on with 30 year warranty.
∙    Gertie could pay some rent for using the facility, they were also asking about office space – could use the kitchen in the Bay.
∙    Is the building being heated right now?  No.
∙    What insurance does the building have now?  Demolish.
∙    Cost to take down the building could be over $60,000.
∙    Tank at the Hall now for drafting practices.
∙    Back up generator still operational in Hall.
∙    Should meet with Gertie to discuss, trial basis.
∙    Should look into insurance costs, liability, and Engineering report.
Rook’s Dam:
John Moeller noted that the Ministry of Transportation required that there be two connecting public roads before anything could be done with the Dam.  Bob Rooks had Engineer plans drawn up and has shorn everything up over and above specification, they should have no problem getting approval.
The Dam is part of common property and Bob is suggestion a 3 way split on water rights, which would make Bob, myself, and the Fire Department responsible for the insurance, and maintenance.  The only thing that would cause concern is an earth quake, and even then they way it is constructed and protected wouldn’t cause a tidal wave.
Discussion:
∙    Sandra Rudischer said that Bob Rook’s would like a letter of intent from the Improvement District.
∙    Really do need this hydrant the next closest one is at Camp Miriam.
∙    Brian Henning will be writing the letter of intent.
∙    Bob Rooks would like to have the Fire Department on as an emergency contact, right now is is Bob and John Moeller.
∙    The Fire Chief recommend going for it saying maintenance should be almost nothing.
∙    Going to get a legal easement and water rights.
∙    Immediate business get the Letter of Intent and see what’s binding.
At this point there were a few questions from the public:
∙    Where does this water come from?  Surface water.
∙    Could you expropriate?
∙    Rob Brockley introduced himself as the President of GALT and asked if the GFPID were accepting part of the liability would they be open to some public access on this property?
∙    Could GALT not become a 4th party?  No – no insurance liability.
∙    Maybe GALT could make the pitch to Rooks?
Trustees:
∙    First thing to do is check into cost of insurance (John Moeller volunteered to do this.)
∙    If GALT would like to write their request to the GFPID we would be more than willing to speak to Rooks about it.
∙    Strata Road open to Public but no cars, gated.
Moved by Sean Lewis that the meeting be adjourned, seconded by John Moeller, carried.
Meeting adjourned at 5:51 p.m.

Trustee Meeting Agenda – September 4, 2019

September 4, 2019 – Trustee Meeting Agenda

GABRIOLA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
AGENDA – SEPTEMBER 4,  2019  – 4:45  P.M. NO. 1 HALL
MINUTES:
∙    August 7, 2019
CORRESPONDENCE:
∙    Gertie
TREASURER’S REPORT: N/A
FIRE CHIEF REPORT: (As per written report)
TRAINING OFFICER REPORT:
ASSOCIATION:
NEW BUSINESS:
OLD BUSINESS:
∙    Old Hall 1 roof
∙    Hydrant – easement
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR:
IN-CAMERA:

Trustee Meeting Minutes – August 7, 2019

August 7, 2019 – Trustee Meeting Minutes

GABRIOLA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
GENERAL MEETING
A General Meeting of the Gabriola Fire Protection District was held August 7,  2019 at the No. 1 Fire Hall with four Trustees in attendance, absent was John Moeller.
The meeting was called to order at 4:50 p.m. by Acting Chair Sandra Rudischer.
The Chair stated that she would like to reaffirm that  her position as Chair stands until the September 25, 2019 re-election, as she was 1) nominated by a  Trustee who had to step down due to the Court challenge, and 2) when nominated she had hoped there could be a roaming Chairman, but as Victoria doesn’t allow that, she will be Acting until the election.
Moved by Mark Noyon that Sandra Rudischer be Chairman until the September 25, 2019 election, seconded by Sean Lewis, carried.
The Chair asked for  errors or omissions from  the minutes of June 5, 2019 General Meeting.  Mark Noyon noted that the adjournment time was incorrect.  Moved by Mark Noyon that the minutes be accepted with the time amendment, seconded by Diana Moher, carried.
CORRESPONDENCE:
The Chair thanked Penelope J. Bahr for her letter and stated there were some really good points.   The Chair  noted that at this point the Trustee Website had been set up just for the process of receiving  Fire Chief applications, but once the process has been completed we will look at implementing some of the suggestions.
FIRE CHIEF REPORT: (As per written report)
TRAINING OFFICER REPORT:
 ASSOCIATION REPORT:
 Association made some amendments to their rules for voting members in.
NEW BUSINESS:
Hydrant easement:
∙    Insurance for the hydrant easement shouldn’t be too bad
∙    600 gpm of unlimited water, really don’t want to lose this water source
∙    This project needs to go ahead, the Fire Chief will find out when they need the Trustees decision by.
∙    The Chair noted that John Moeller wasn’t here tonight and seeing that he is also on this easement he would have information to give.
∙    It was agreed to read the paper work on this topic and call a special meeting, if necessary, to expedite this matter.
OFC Audit:
∙    The Fire Chief has finished his portion of the audit, just waiting for the Officers and some of the Firefighters to return theirs and he will give it to the Trustee
∙    Sean Lewis noted this audit was a win/win situation and was very pleased that the Chief was doing it in-house.  The Chief noted it is a pretty straight forward document.  Sean Lewis said it gives you a measuring stick and that he was very pleased it was being used, well done.
OLD BUSINESS:
A discussion on the pros and cons of getting the old Hall a new torch on roof:
∙    They always leak, need them fixed every few years.
∙    Concerns of the cost of heating and getting it up to standards.
∙    Still use the building for training purposes.
∙    In the long term shingles might be a cheaper way to go, and then could do water collection.
∙    When was the last time it was done?  1986.
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR:
A discussion around the hydrant easement:
∙    Could this be a grandfather clause?
∙    Do we use Clydes?  No, it’s electric so doesn’t work in a outage and Clyde wanted too much money for something we barely used.
∙    If the District agrees to the easement are they liable too?  Yes.
∙    The GFPID has agreements on all the other water sources and hydrants.
Moved by Mark Noyon that the meeting be adjourned, seconded by Diana Moher, carried.
Meeting adjourned at 5:17

Trustee Meeting Agenda – August 1, 2019

August 1, 2019 – Trustee Meeting Agenda

GABRIOLA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
AGENDA – August 7, 2019 – 4:45 P.M. NO. 1 HALL
∙ Chairman position
MINUTES:
∙ June 5, 2019
CORRESPONDENCE:
∙ P. Bahr
TREASURER’S REPORT:
∙ Provincial Levy
∙ $20,000 back into Capital Reserve Fund
FIRE CHIEF REPORT: (As per written report)
TRAINING OFFICER REPORT:
ASSOCIATION:
NEW BUSINESS:
∙ Hydrant – easement
∙ Office of the Fire Commission – Audit report
OLD BUSINESS:
∙ Old Hall 1 roof
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR:

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.

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