THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO A self-contained breathing apparatus using compressed air.

VIDEO: Port Hardy Fire Rescue looking for more volunteers

Firefighters will hold an open house tomorrow at the fire hall to encourage residents to volunteer.

Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 7-13 and firefighters are showcasing what it is like to be a part of the team. Port Hardy Fire Rescue (PHFR) held their weekly practice last night, with three different exercises for the firefighters to go through.

Deputy Fire Chief Gavin Texmo mentioned these exercises are in an effort to prepare firefighters for any situation they are called into. He also emphasized that PHFR is always looking for new recruits. He noted that practices are held at the local fire hall at 7 p.m., and residents are welcome to drop in to learn more about PHFR.

Texmo noted that nearly 60 wildfires happened this season on the North Island. He added that because of the above-average number of incidents there is a growing need for more volunteers.

For Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, the Port Hardy firefighters are putting on an open house this Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. with demonstrations, tours, and a barbeque. The admission is free to attend the event. The open house is at Fire Hall No.1 in town.

PHFR is also going out on recruitment runs around Port Hardy, meeting residents and knocking on doors to proactively recruit new members.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact the fire hall for more information. PHFR prefers applicants to be at least 18 years old, legally employable in BC, have already completed high school, and possess a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s licence, but it is not always necessary. They must also be willing to submit a criminal record check.

PHFR has 27 members of which the majority of the staff are firefighters. The department was established in 1968 and is a volunteer-based service.

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THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO A firefighter attempts to rescue a dummy doll in a practice.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Port Hardy Fire Rescue’s Fire Hall No.1.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO A firefighter drags the dummy doll out of the simulated house.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Firefighters ready to react to any situation during a simulated rescue exercise.

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