The Nakusp & District Volunteer Fire Department had 89 incidents in 2011 and to date in 2012 there has been 50 incidents. The emergencies range from all types of fires, electrical shorts, trees on power lines, ambulance assists, SAR assists, fuel leaks, brush/wildland fires and motor vehicle accidents.
The department has two full-sized fire engines, one wildland engine, one tender and the brigades association owns, maintains and runs the Nakusp Road Rescue truck that will go to any call within the area from Angel Falls on the Monashee Pass to Gerrard at the end of Trout Lake, and then we connect with New Denver’s Road Rescue at the turn around south of Summit Lake.
Our members are from all walks of life and have skills such as logging, marine, carpenter, mechanic, fabricator, nursing, truck driver, to business skills and train every Tuesday night, as well as extra weekends and other special training. Basically they train the same as the large city fire department’s except for high rise, hazmat and confined space.
The Fire Brigade has been supplying the Health Nurses with a smoke alarm for every newborn baby in the area for over a decade and have been active in the Elementary School with Fire Prevention to a target group of Kindergarten to grade 3 students, giving each of them a bag of gifts along with reflective Halloween bags for their safety on Halloween night.
The fire department is always looking for new members to help with skills from scribing, to truck driving and even just helping around the hall, so pick up an application form from the Fire Chief at the new Fire Hall as we can always use the help.
Another note: please always call 911 even if you just want something checked out or have a concern, as sometimes messages are left on the non-emergency number 265-3563 that should be checked out right away before an emergency does happen and otherwise may not get listened to for a couple of days. The dispatcher will contact the Chief or another member right away, but if it is not an emergency please leave a message on the non-emergency number.