Looking for People to Join our Fire Family

Barriere Fire Rescue is looking for people to join our team. We are looking for individuals that want to learn new skills and challenge themselves mentally and physically. There are roles for all people in the department and plenty of training available. We provide not only fire protection but auto extrication, steep to low angle rescue, forestry response and first aid responses. Members don’t have to do all these roles as some people are not good with certain conditions. Practices are every Thursday night at 7pm and usually last 2 to 3 hours. A criminal record check is required for all members and drivers abstract for those that wish to drive. We have a junior program for those 16 to 19, where they train with us and respond but in limited capacity.

We are in the process of upgrading everyone interested to a NFPA 1001 professional level. This requires some weekend training as well as our normal Thursday night training. We have recently upgraded our SCBA packs to new MSA models to provide enhanced safety to our members. New upgraded fire engine due to arrive soon and modern new rope gear for over the bank rescue. We do many events within the community and try to give back as much as we can. 

If interested stop by on a Thursday night and come see what is going on. Talk to a member or call Chief Ashley Wohlgemuth @ 250-318-9711 or Deputy Chief Derek Ive @ 250-571-9743

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Fire Danger High

Fire Danger High

The high temperatures and dry conditions have increased the Fire Danger Rating back to High, please use extreme caution to prevent any ignition sources!
High: Forest fuels are very dry and the risk is serious. New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts. Extreme caution must be used in any forest activities.
Campfires measuring 0.5m x 0.5m are still permitted at this time provided you have a source of water on hand to extinguish the fire quickly.
Thanks for your cooperation and stay safe!

Fire Restrictions

Due to hot and dry conditions in the Barriere Fire District, only campfires that meet the BC Open Fire Regulations will be permitted until further notice.
We want everyone to have a safe and happy long weekend!
BC Open Fire Regulations

Campfire Ban Lifted

Effective at noon on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, campfires will once again be allowed throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre, Southeast Fire Centre and Cariboo Fire Centre. A return to more seasonal weather conditions and recent precipitation has reduced the wildfire risk in these areas.

The BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, which are fires larger than 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres, remain prohibited in these three fire centres.

 

 

Fire Ban Continues

As we enter the September long weekend the Barriere Fire Department would like to remind you a TOTAL Fire Ban is still in effect.

With almost no precipitation over several months and hot and dry conditions forecast into the future we are still experiencing an EXTREME Fire Danger Rating.

Anyone in violation of the ban will face a $300 bylaw ticket for contravening Bylaw 55. You could also face a violation ticket of up to $1150 from BCWildfire.

We THANK YOU for your patience and continued support during this ban.

 

TOTAL FIRE BAN

 

Effective July 01 2017 A FULL FIRE BAN will be in effect until further notice within the Barriere and Area Fire District.

As the area has now reached a High fire danger with pockets of Extreme the Fire Chief is enforcing a full fire ban until weather permits.

Residents outside the fire district are encouraged to check with BC Wildfire on all current restrictions.

Residents inside the fire district can find up-to-date information regarding restrictions at barrierefire.com, Barriere Fire Department Facebook page, and the barriere.ca

Thank you for your patience as we enter the summer time heat!

Fire Chief

Drew McMartin

Flooding And Sand Bags

We have received our first call for sand bags due to flooding. If you need SAND BAGS please contact Ashley @ 250-318-9711.

She will direct you on how to get them.

We have all services on standby and ready to react if we have any flooding issues.

Please contact us immediately if you need assistance.

If its an emergency contact 911.

 

Fire Prevention Week 2016!

Fire Prevention Week

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This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. Read more from NFPA Journal.

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.