Port Hardy Fire Rescue calls

Port Hardy Fire Rescue calls in the last quarter of 2015 were up 85 per cent from previous year

Port Hardy Fire Rescue calls in the last quarter of 2015 were up 85 per cent from the previous year.Fire Chief

Schell Nickerson presented the quarterly report to District of Port Hardy council at their regular meeting Feb.

9.Nickerson said the department had a total of 44 calls with a big increase in fires, chimney fires and assisting

BC Ambulance Service. Members logged 582 hours responding to calls; 925 hours of training; 164 hours of

meetings; 1,369 general hours, 337 of weekend hours; for a total of 3,377.Nickerson said the department

currently has 31 members who took part in 11 practices from October to December. They made three trips to

Comox Training Centre, putting eight members through two days of fire theory and practical.The Port Hardy

Hospital Auxiliary paid for the course fees for each member, Nickerson said, adding that Macandale Rentals

Ltd. also donated a new rescue chainsaw to the department.Councillor Dennis Dugas noted that 11 per cent of

the department’s calls were to Creekside Apartments.”It seems to be a hot spot,” said Dugas, apologizing for

the pun.Nickerson explained there is no manager on site, that there are a lot of nuisance calls such as pulled

fire alarms, and sometimes people are trapped in the elevator. The department also assists BC Ambulance

Service with lifts, etc.