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Ok Gabriola Kids (and young adults at heart) it’s time to break out the marshmallows and if you’re feeling fancy, graham crackers and chocolate! That’s right starting tomorrow we are allowing CAMPFIRES! Campfires must be 0.5 meter X 0.5 meter and only using approved materials (fire wood).
Please keep in mind that our regulations have been changing frequently with the weather conditions. Make sure to check our social media and website often to make sure you are complying with the latest burn regulations and wildfire hazard levels.
Have fun but please be safe and have your campfire in a cleared area with access to water or a fire extinguisher nearby.
For more information on Fire hazard ratings and other Wildfire information please visit our site gabriolafire.ca and https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions
I know you are all probably getting a bit of whiplash from all this back and forth! But here we go again, Gabriola we are back to HIGH REGULAR SHIFT thanks to this beautiful rain! This means you can mow your lawns and operate other power equipment. We would still urge you all to take extra care and caution when operating power equipment. Thanks so much and please stay tuned to our ever-changing weather this summer, as it will determine our fire hazard levels!
Good Morning Gabriola! Look at all this beautiful rain! As promised we are switching back to EARLY SHIFT as of this morning (Thursday August 6th)
Once again this means power equipment can be used up until 1pm. Please remember you are required to stay on the property for one hour after your work finishes to monitor it.
Please keep watching for our posts on facebook, instagram, and this website for any changes to the current fire hazard. As the weather changes so will we.
Thank you for helping keep our community safe this fire season.
Tomorrow (Wednesday August 5th) we will be switching to EXTREME shut down Gabriola. This means the use of most power equipment will be prohibited all hours of the day. There is also still a fire ban in place.
We understand this can be really inconvenient for community members but we want to take the time to thank all of you for following these regulations and keeping our community safe from forest fires this season. Hopefully rain will be in our forecast soon and we can lessen the fire hazard rating, but until then please help to keep our community safe!
If you have any questions please call the office at (250) 247-9677
Hello Gabriola, we just wanted to let you know that due to the recent dry conditions we will be implementing a ban on campfires. This means you are no longer able to have campfires. Alternatively the use of propane fire rings is still allowed as long as the flames don’t exceed 6 inches.
We are currently still on “Regular shift” but if conditions don’t change we will be switching to “early shift” this Monday or Tuesday. Please watch for updates on our social media pages and website.
During “regular shift” gas powered equipment is still permitted. “Early shift” will mean gas powered equipment will have to be shut down by 1pm, with a one hour watch period.
On June 19th 2020 the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department will be lifting the current Open Burning Ban for the island.
Thank you Vanessa Craig for your hard work on this issue, and a special thanks to those Gabriola island community members who all wrote letters & emails to the RDN regarding camping in the 707!
Thanks to the RDN and other supporting agencies there is now a way that we can safely get rid of that fire load in your yard before wildfire season without burning!
A 30 Yard Roll off bin Grant for Neighbourhoods
- You must have 4 or more confirmed neighbors that have yard waist to add to the bin
- The 4 homes must have an assessment done by the GVFD representative before a roll off bin will be delivered.
- Only burnable organic yard waste is permitted in the bins (IE. Branches, grass and leaves)
- Absolutely no other prohibited materials (IE. building materials, rocks, or dirt)
Please gather your 4 or more neighbors and then give the GVFD a phone call to schedule your assessment. (250) 247-9677 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to this grant, there are many more available to Fire Smart Champions and their neighborhoods! If you would like to become a fire smart champion the GVFD will be putting on an online, ZOOM conference course soon! Please call the office at the GVFD to get your name on the list!
Lets get creative, work together, and FIRE SMART our community without affecting air quality for those who need it the most in these unprecedented times.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department as well as some of the other emergency services (Excluding BCAS) on the island are sending out a request for any personal protective equipment such as N95 surgical Masks to be donated to emergency personal. We are running low on vital supplies that keep our responders and health care workers safe. The normal means for us to order these supplies are extremely backed up due to high demand and shortages all over the world. If you have some personal protective equipment that you are willing to part with please contact our office at (250) 247-9677
Things we are looking for are, (in order of most importance to least)
-N95 Surgical Masks
Thank you for your continued support Gabriola, we are so proud to serve this wonderful community.
Dear Gabriola Island community, over the last few weeks our community and our world has been facing extreme challenges in order to fight the spread of COVID-19. Though we have not been as active on social media of late, it does not mean we haven’t been working round the clock to provide the safest care we possibly can for our community and our firefighters. We just wanted to take a moment to reassure you that the department and the other emergency services have taken extreme measures in order to protect the community and our members from the spread of COVID-19.
As of March 17th our department was divided into three platoons. These platoons work one week on and then are off for two weeks to quarantine before their next shift. This was implemented in order to insure that if one platoon is exposed to COVID-19 the whole department will not have to be quarantined and out of service.
At the beginning of March a COVID-19 Emergency working group was created with representatives from each emergency service on the island. This group involves, the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department, Gabriola Medical Clinic, BC Ambulance Service, RCMP, Home Care support, and Gabriola Emergency Social Services. The group is in constant communications with each other about the developing situation involving COVID-19, and is working hard together to craft emergency response plans for our community.
The directives we are taking are directly from the Vancouver Island Health Authority as relayed to us via the RDN. If there are any urgent updates or communications that the members of the community need to know about it will be sent out via the RDN Emergency Program. If you haven’t signed up for these alerts yet please go to https://rdnemergency.connectrocket.com and do so as soon as possible.
Oh behalf of the GVFD I want thank our community for its continued support during this difficult time. I also want to take a moment to thank our incredible volunteers and their families for their continued service and sacrifice in this difficult time. We will all get through this, together.
Fire Chief Will Sprogis
If you need to call 911 for any reason, please let our dispatchers know right away if any of the following points apply to you,
- If you have any Cold or Flu Symptoms at all, no matter how minor they may seem.
- If you or someone you have been in direct contact with has been outside the country or in an airport within the last three weeks.
- If you have been quarantined by any Health authority.
Help us help you by keeping our Volunteer First Responders and other Emergency Personal safe in this difficult time.
In addition, if you do have to call us you might notice that we look a bit different than normal and use a few different ways of helping you. Our First Responders are practicing social distancing and we need you to do the same as much as possible. Please don’t be alarmed if we are completely dressed in isolation gear, this is to protect both you and ourselves.
Thank you Gabriola for helping us help you, and remember…
We stay at work for you, so please stay home for us
On Saturday January 25th from 10am to 3pm the Gabriola Fire Hall on Church Street will be hosting an Emergency Preparedness Open House
Multiple agencies will be on-site with demonstrations and information, as well as actively recruiting volunteers:
- Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department
- HAM radio
- BC Ambulance Service (BCAS)
- Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSARS)
- Emergency Social Services (ESS)
- Pets and Livestock Services (PALS)
- Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Services (NEPS)
- Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN)
Two of the main presentations will be Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness by NEPS and Downed Power Line Safety by BC Hydro. There will also be demonstrations on live fire, CPR, fire extinguishers, and “fire smarting” your property.
There will be information packages available about:
- Fire Smart
- Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness
- Block Watch Information from the RCMP
- as well as many other important topics for our community!
This is an all-ages event for the whole family with lots of fun stuff for kids to explore and participate in, including a family scavenger hunt where the prize is a FREE Emergency Preparedness Kit!
We hope to see you out for a fun day of education as well as learning about the many local volunteer opportunities for you to help keep our community safe!