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Hallowe’en Fireworks, 2016

This year our annual fireworks show will be on Sunday, October 30th, at 7pm. That’s the night before Hallowe’en – we hope this will be super convenient for little goblins and their parents.

Children of all ages, please join us at Gabriola Sands Provincial Park (Twin Beaches) on Sunday, October 30th, 2016. The show starts at 7 pm.

We will have the bonfire blazing for you, and our fireworks will light up the sky. Come in costume, if you like!

Firefighters will be serving hot dogs and hot chocolate. There will be candy for trick-or-treaters.

Please support this event by putting money in our Hallowe’en fireworks boots. You’ll see them at some Gabriola businesses, and at the event. You might find firefighters asking for donations in the ferry line-up, too, or elsewhere in on Gabriola. Please contribute so that we afford to buy fireworks and other supplies.

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.

Gabriola fireworks photos, 2015

Last night ghosts, goblins, witches, princesses, monsters, zombies, and other assorted creatures of the night joined us at Twin Beaches for the Gabriola firefighters’ annual fireworks show. Here are a few photos of the event. (Click on any photo for a larger version.)

(If you’d like to share these photos with your friends, please direct them here to our blog at http://gabriolafire.ca . Please do not re-publish these photos elsewhere. Thanks.)

Within the next few days we’ll be counting the change people put into our fund-raising boots. We’re hoping there will be enough money to buy fireworks again next year!

GVFFA Fireworks show 2015

Adjustments to the show this year, caused by a change in the level of the tide at showtime, means the fireworks will be fired from the parks shore edge, instead of the beach.

Regulations being what they are, the public and the bonfire, etc. must be kept back a prescribed distance, which in our situation, puts the barriers around the location the level changes in the park.

fireworks-setup

This is unfortunate, because this section of the park is the first area to get flooded when it rains, and with a weather prediction of Pineapple Express levels of rainfall we see the potential for a last minute change.

Should that be the case, we will post an update on Facebook.

Update- the weather cooperated and the show went off without a hitch. People seemed to like the new arrangement and thoroughly enjoyed the show.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the fundraising for the show. It wouldn’t go on without you.

GVFD open house this Saturday

We’re having an open house! It’s on Saturday, October 10th, 2015, from 11 am until about 2pm. Please come join us at Gabriola’s North Fire Hall at 730 Church Street.

Gabriola firefighters will be on hand to show you our fire trucks and equipment. We’ll have one of our trucks running so that kids can hold a fire hose, open the nozzle, and flow water from it – just as we do when something’s on fire. And maybe you’ve always wanted to sit in the driver’s seat of a fire truck? Here’s your chance!

There will be a fire extinguisher course – come learn the proper way to use your extinguisher. Don’t have a fire extinguisher? Buy one from us at a great price.

We’ll tell you about our new address sign program, and you’ll be able to order a highly-reflective address sign for your house. If you’re in trouble you want us to find you quickly, and this will help.

There’ll be hot dogs, too. :-) See you there?

Gabriola hallowe’en fireworks, 2015

This year hallowe’en is on a Saturday, so that’s when we’re having our annual fireworks show at Gabriola Sands Provincial Park (Twin Beaches):

Saturday, October 31st, 2015, at 7:30pm.

We’ll have a massive bonfire, and fantastic fireworks. Come in costume, if you like!

Firefighters will be serving hot dogs and hot chocolate. There will be candy for trick-or-treaters.

You can support this event by putting money in our Hallowe’en fireworks boots. You’ll see them at some local businesses, and at the event. You might find firefighters asking for donations in the ferry line-up, too, or elsewhere in on Gabriola. Please contribute so that we afford to buy fireworks and other supplies.

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.)

Hallowe’en fireworks!

The Gabriola Firefighters’ Association invites you to their Hallowe’en fireworks show.

When: Friday, October 31st, 2014. 7 pm.
Where: Gabriola Sands Provincial Park. (Twin Beaches)

Expect great fireworks and a huge bonfire! Wear your Hallowe’en costume if you have one.

Firefighters will be serving hot dogs and hot chocolate. There will be candy for trick-or-treaters.

You can contribute to this event by putting money in our Hallowe’en fireworks boots. You’ll see them at some local businesses, and at the event. You might find firefighters asking for donations in the ferry line-up, too, or elsewhere in the community. Please support us so that we can continue this Gabriola tradition.

Open house! And fire safety week

October 5th to 12th is Fire Safety week. Please take the time to ensure all of your fire safety devices and fire escape plan are functional.

On Saturday October 11th we will be hosting an open house at Hall 1. It starts at noon, and goes until 3pm. We’ll have a fire hose for kids of all ages to try, some other fire fighting equipment demonstrations, and hot dogs and beverages by donations- proceeds toward our annual firework show. Application forms will also be available, so feel free to enquire if you have been contemplating becoming a fire fighter.

For your family’s safety:

Please ensure your smoke detectors are functional and are less than 10 years old. The BC building code requires one on each level of your home. The latest code requires one in each bedroom as well. Battery powered smoke detectors are acceptable, and are in some ways are preferable, as the 110V wired in models don’t work during a power outage- when we are most likely to be using candles! A battery powered detector located by the 110V- or a modern 110V one with a built in battery backup one is a good idea as well.

Special smoke detectors are available for the hearing impaired, as well as for areas that often give a false alarm, such as kitchens. Please call us if you would like more info on these. (250-247-9677 – office and message)

Fire extinguishers need to be examined on a regular basis to ensure they are operational- essentially that the pin retainer is intact, and the gauge is reading full. They need to be professionally serviced every 6 years. This service is reasonably cheap- much less than the price purchasing a new extinguisher. If in doubt, give us a call for info about where to take it.

It is a sensible idea to have an extinguisher on each level of your home. Mount them by the exit, as you don’t want to be searching for it in time of need. We sell top quality 5-pound ABC fire extinguishers at Hall 1 for wholesale prices.

Car wash for BC Burn Fund

june-2014-carwashToday Gabriola firefighters spent several hours in front of the elementary school, running a car wash. If you stopped by with dirt all over your car, you left with a sparkling clean vehicle.

Donations from this event came to about $1500.00. The money will go to the Burn Fund for their Young Burn Survivor Camp.

Shown in this image: Lee Dunbrack and Evan McIntosh.

(Related news article in the Gabriola Sounder: Fundraising Car Wash & bottle drive for BC Burn Fund.)