Barriere Fire Rescue (BFR) announced via social media this week that starting in March they have a team going door to door within the District of Barriere boundary to see if residents have a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in their home. If not, the department are prepared to provide these safeguarding items.
“We will be bringing information for you to read if wanted, and offering a new detector,” said their post. “In the meantime, if you don’t have either detector please let us know. We can give you one, or come and install it for you.”
BFR asks everyone to, “Please check your detectors and look at the expiry date on them. If expired or not working replace it immediately.”
If you would like a BFR member to check your detectors, or require more information please call one of the numbers listed below.
The Barriere Fire Rescue team say they are also sending out a big “thank you” to the mayor, council and staff of the District of Barriere for upgrading the department’s Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).
The reason for the upgrade was due to their current SCBAs having “aged out”, with parts no longer being available. With the arrival of this new self contained breathing apparatus the department has upgraded for the future.
“These new SCBA offer more safety features for our firefighters and enhanced options for helping the public in their time of need,” said Chief Wohlgemuth, “The packs have TICs (thermal imaging cameras) in them to help us search in the dark, and smoke, and help us see different heat levels that are hidden from eyes and feel. They offer clear voice communications, flashing 360 degree lights, and future upgrades to meet our needs as we grow.”
Barriere Fire Rescue is always looking for new members and invites anyone who may like to join to come out on a Thursday night at 7 p.m. to the firehall, or call Chief Ashley Wohlgemuth at 250-318-9711, or Deputy Chief Derek Ive at 250-571-9743.
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