HBFD in front of their newest truck. Front row from left: Brian Peters

HBFD goes door to door for smoke detectors

Honeymoon Bay Fire Department went around the village knocking on doors and informing the public about the need to check smoke alarms

For Fire Prevention Week, the Honeymoon Bay Fire Department once again went around the village on Monday, Oct. 8, knocking on doors and informing the public about the need to check smoke alarms on a regular basis.

“[We were] offering free batteries and in some cases free smoke alarms,” said member Brian Peters.

“Plus the literature,” added member Guy Patten.

The department is proud to have acquired a new tender truck, capable of holding 1,700 imperial gallons, pump-and-go capability, and a 180 degree dump valve.

The truck was purchased in on June 6, and was recently registered for service.

“It’s not even dirty yet,” said Patten.

The truck was paid for by the tax payers in Honeymoon Bay. Department members are still getting to know, and train with, all of the features of the vehicle, but there are a few ways in which this new truck will make life easier for department members when they are out on a call.

“It’s modern, it’s computerized, it has a much greater capacity, and it’s easier to operate,” said Peters.

“And it can get water to the fire faster,” added Patten.

Currently the department has 16 members, but they are actively seeking new recruits. They say another five or six would be bring the department to a comfortable level.

Brad Law is one such recruit. He’s now been with the department for just over two months and says he is enjoying the experience.

He joked that he joined the department because people kept bugging him to do so.

“I’ve got one guy that always kept bugging me, telling me to join, so I decided to come over. I’m enjoying it immensely,” said Law.

He hasn’t been out on any major calls so far; the department considers itself lucky in that it was a pretty quiet summer.

If you would like to be part of the Honeymoon Bay Fire Department crew, phone the department chief, Keith Bird, at 250-710-2694.

 

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