FACEBOOK PHOTO/ PORT ALICE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT Port Alice Volunteer Fire Department relases monthly report for August.

Port Alice loses four volunteer fire fighters

The village has only nine active members left.

The Port Alice Volunteer Fire Department released its monthly report Oct. 11 at the village’s regular council meeting, revealing a dwindling number of volunteers able to serve the community.

There were 13 active members listed for the month of August, but Mayor Jan Allen noted the village has “lost three of those already and there is another one that is leaving as well – so we will be down to nine very soon.”

Finance Officer Bonnie Danyk said the preferred number of volunteer fire fighters for Port Alice would be 15, but stated that a lot of rural community fire departments have to operate with less.

“The problem is that we lost two pump operators,” said Chief Administrative Officer Paul Carver. “That is the problem – that is huge.”

He said there are two other volunteers able to operate the pumps, “but they are just new at it.”

Coun. Marnie Chase inquired as to whether advertising might help recruit new volunteers.

Allen responded she believes it will be featured in the village’s Rumble Sheet newsletter next month.

For the month of August, the Port Alice Volunteer Fire Department attended zero fire calls, one rescue call, one mutual aid call, and two lift assist calls.

They also participated in station maintenance, portable monitor set-up on Truck 1, pump operator practice, radio communications practice, fire alarm check, truck checks, and association meetings.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Port Hardy called in record number of black bear sightings last year

Conservation Officers attended 74 of the 314 calls made

North Island recreation camping site closed due to vandalism

Ruined picnic tables are the main damage

Port McNeill’s outdoor swimming pool will stay closed this summer

The Town of Port McNeill typically hires 12-13 staff for the pool every year.

Bird contacting wires causes massive Port Hardy power outage

The power outage started at 1:18 p.m. and lasted until 3:00 p.m.

Port Hardy Salvation Army serving lunch daily during pandemic

Centre is closed to the public, but overnight shelter, daily lunch and one-on-one services available

March dental conference key to many of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases

Early infections from China, Iran were quickly contained

Cortes Island affordable housing project hangs by a thread

Regional decision makers resort to COVID-19 concerns despite virtual meeting option and push hearing to September

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Seniors to receive up to $500 in promised COVID-19 emergency aid in early July

The Liberal government first promised the extra help in mid-May, but had to create a new system to deliver the aid

VIDEO: Revelstoke bear wanders into Animal House pet store

Staff got ready to chase it out with a broom

Man found dead in his tent at Island homeless camp

Facebook posts tell of personal struggles and attempts to stay clean and sober

New study is first full list of species that only exist in Canada

Almost 40 per cent of them are critically imperilled or imperilled and eight are already extinct

Most Read