Welcome to Mayne Island Fire Rescue
|Forest Fire Risk Level for|
|CURRENT HIGH RISK &
INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY RESTRICTIONS: NONE
Conduct burning with caution - Do Not leave a fire untended!
In spite of the little downpour of rain (which will evaportate rapidly) the island
remains on MODERATE for risk of wildfire starting and spreading quickly.
|OPEN BURNING RESTRICTIONS: 1 METRE BACKYARD FIRE PERMITTED|
Protect your Island from the threat of a Wild Fire. Read the Fire Smart manual for homeowners
Do I have to do anything when planning a backyard burn?
May 16th '13 - School Kids Visit to the Fire Hall
Captain Kyle Stobart and Lieutenant Per Nielsen showed
some of the school students around the Fire Hall and
answered many questions from the K-4 kids. They learned
about the job a firefighter does and the tools they use
for all kinds of firefighting and rescue work. There was
a fire safety quiz and the kids had all the right
answers. They were excited to time the firefighters
dressing in their turnout clothing and putting on
breathing packs, then the kids all had a chance to
operate the fire hose! Thanks to Captain Stobart and
Lieutenant Nielsen for making a fun afternoon of
learning about the work of a firefighter.
previous training days
You will see the firefighters out in the community from time to time
during the training program. We encourage everyone to stop and watch
for a moment or two. We do ask not to interupt the students in
training... If possible an officer of the department will make every
effort to approach you and provide some information about what is
These photos are a small sample of the many skills each firefighter
will be practicing and perfecting during the training.
previous training days photos here...
You will see the firefighters out in the community from time to time during the training program. We encourage everyone to stop and watch for a moment or two. We do ask not to interupt the students in training... If possible an officer of the department will make every effort to approach you and provide some information about what is occuring.
These photos are a small sample of the many skills each firefighter will be practicing and perfecting during the training.
There has been a lot of talk about dry hydrants lately. What is a dry hydrant and how will they benefit Mayne Island?
The following is a basic explanation of what dry hydrants are and some of the advantages to the island in consideration of fire protection services.
Firefighting requires large volumes of water to be effective when combating most structure or wildland fires. The water required to extinguish any given fire at a fire scene is the fire flow rated in gallons per minute. This can be anywhere from 220 to 500 gallons per minute or more. Generally, a flow of 600 to 1000 gpm from a fire hydrant is the minimum that can be expected, thus enabling effective fire suppression operations within 300 metres of the fire hydrant. (this can be said whether the hydrant is a standanrd pressurized hydrant, or a dry hydrant)
In areas without a network of municipal fire hydrants, the needed water may be located so far away from where it is needed that a fire department's ability to control the fire is impaired. Mobile Water Supply Tenders can move water from distant sources, but the critical factor is whether or not the fire department can maintain an uninterrupted supply of a predictable rate of water at the fire scene.
Installation of dry hydrants into nearby and developed water supplies eliminates the inefficiency and complexity of long-distance water shuttle operations. This arrangement also allows access to water sources from a roadway instead of having to work on soft ground immediately adjacent to the pond.
In any area without water mains and domestic fire hydrants, the dry hydrant concept can provide a simple, cost-effective solution to the need for rapid access to water sources. A dry hydrant consists of an arrangement of piping with one end in the water and the other end extending to dry land and available for connection to a supply pumper. Dry hydrants have the following features:
-Use a non-pressurized pipe system.
-Use relatively inexpensive piping materials and other supplies.
-Are permanently installed in existing lakes, ponds, streams and cisterns.
-Provide a means of access whenever needed, regardless of weather.
-Allow years of simple operation with a minimum of maintenance.
The time savings are many. Multiple lengths of hard suction hose extending to the water are not needed; usually one section to the dry hydrant is enough. The strainer is also permanently attached, saving more time. Fewer people are needed to make a hookup compared to make a conventional direct drafting hookup.
When a strategically placed dry hydrant with all-weather road access allows more water to be distributed in less time, and the water can be applied effectively on the fire, fire fighter effectiveness and safety is improved.
Savings can be financial as well. Fire departments save money by reducing fuel and equipment costs through shorter transportation distances and lower operational demands. Communities can preserve more of their treated water supplies, since dry hydrants use untreated water.