The Fauquier Fire Department volunteers: from left: Daryl Henke

Fauquier Volunteer Fire Department always ready

The Fauquier Volunteer Fire Brigade had another successful year in 2011-2012.

The Fauquier Volunteer Fire Brigade had another successful year in 2011-2012.

Our numbers remained stable although we did lose one member when Jamie Coates and his wife, Richelle, moved their family to Nakusp. You will be missed, Jamie. This leaves us with 11 signed up members, and new members are always welcome.

On the training side, we sent Denise Douglas and Beverley Darnell to the spring training weekend in Oliver. Chief John Banta attended a couple of courses sponsored by the BC Fire Training Officers Association. Our Tuesday night practices form the backbone of our training program and we have been emphasizing the role the fire brigade would play in the event of an interface situation.

We had a couple of new equipment acquisitions. A 20 HP portable pump will greatly improve our ability to access natural water sources and a chemical smoke generator will help us make our training much more realistic. Thanks to BC Hydro, CBT and RDCK for their generous support of these two purchases.

The big news is that we picked up another pumper which the Salmon Arm Fire Dept gave us a very good deal on. Among other things, this will enable us to fight a fire and move water to the scene simultaneously, something we’ve never been able to do before. Counting our auxilliary trailer, we now have almost 2,000 gallons of water on wheels, ready to go.

And so we face the coming year, proud of our past, confident in our future and, true to our motto Semper Paratus (Always Ready), constantly prepared to serve our community in any way we can.