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BBVFD Members Autumn 2012
























The 20+ members of Britannia Beach Fire and Rescue are always looking for enthusiastic new members. 

Not sure if becoming a volunteer firefighter is right for you, but interested in finding out? Drop by the Hall at 6:30 on any Tuesday before our weekly practice and chat with Chief Steve Virgint or any one of the volunteer members.

All of our volunteers are dedicated to serving our friends and neighbours who live in Britannia Beach, Furry Creek and Porteau Cove. We train to protect property threatened by structure and forest fires, save lives, attend car accidents, and provide public education on fire-related topics. Following the Justice Institute's standards for fire protection training, Chief Steve Virgint, our Officers & Lieutenants, and outside experts work with our team every week to provide both basic and advanced training.

Although the following list may look long, the skills that members develop as a volunteer firefighter are both rewarding and often a lot of fun. 

What BBVFD members are trained to do

  • Respond to house and forest fires in and around the communities of Britannia Beach, Furry Creek and Porteau Cove
  • Respond to vehicle accidents that involve fire or the potential of fire between Murrin Park and Porteau Cove
  • Handle fire hoses for a variety of situations
  • Operate pressure pumps
  • Operate fire trucks with air brakes
  • Work safely with ladders (carrying and climbing)
  • Operate rescue equipment (including high angle incidents, vehicle extraction tools)
  • Perform ventilation work using exhaust fans and fog streams
  • Enter burning buildings, structures and other areas to perform rescue and/or fight fires
  • Safely wear and use air packs and other fire fighting clothing and equipment
  • Provide basic first aid
  • Assist in cleaning and preparing firefighting equipment to 'in-service' status on return to the station after each practice and emergency call
  • Safely work with fire hydrants
  • Operate pumps on the fire trucks

Expectations of members

  • Attend weekly training (every Tuesday evening from 6:45 to 9:00) to practice procedures and learn firefighting and rescue methods
  • Assist with fire prevention public education
  • Participate in community events (such as the Fireman's Ball, Hallow'een Fireworks and Bonfire, Canada Day activities, etc)
  • Carry a pager 24/7 and be available to respond to emergency calls when at home
  • Participate in some weekend training (Air Brake certification, First Aid certification, etc)
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