Coquitlam Firefighters Local 1782
Firefighters in the Community
Dec 18, 2008

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Oct 26, 2008
Coquitlam Firefighters Local 1782 helped to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer by participating in the Terry Fox Head Shave held at Coquitlam Center Mall
Sep 09, 2008

Sep 05, 2008

Sep 03, 2008
 Lots of updates to tell you about.      First and foremost....if you can't make it on race day (Sept 7th 11am) then maybe you can come see the completed cart on Wednesday Sept 3rd at 2pm at TCS.  The Coquitlam Now will be there taking photo's of it, but we'll hang around for everyone that is there
Aug 13, 2008
Another update time. We have put in some interesting test runs lately. The cart is quite a bit faster than we expected, and as a result there was a crash. No major damage was done, but it was a great learning day. After a few tweaks, and a couple more screws in the frame, and a steering damper system made of bungee cord we were ready to test it off the jump
Mar 19, 2015
A big thanks to Maple Ridge Firefighters, IAFF 4449 for putting this video together.
Nov 17, 2012
The lip tickler and the soup strainer are in vogue this month, as organizations and individuals align themselves with Movember fundraising efforts. Each November, thousands of men grow mustaches to raise awareness of, and funds for, men's health initiatives, especially prostate cancer and mental health.
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Oct 25, 2012
Meet Mr.
Oct 08, 2012
Fire Inspectors Saulnier and Leifsson welcoming and educating new residents to Coquitlam.
Oct 01, 2011
Doctor finished cross-Canada run for prostate cancer research. On October 4,2011 Coquitlam Firefighters accompanied Doctor Senft through Coquitlam along Lougheed Highway into Burnaby. Read about his run through Coquitlam on his Blog.
Sep 12, 2011
Congratulations and many thanks to the members who volunteered their time and the on-duty crews who raised $24,726 for Muscular Dystrophy this weekend.
Apr 05, 2011

The Coquitlam Firefighter's Charitable Society is excited to bring back Firefit to Coquitlam for the 2nd year in a row! Just like last year, we are hoping to raise lots of money for charity, so get ready and plan for a great day on May 7th!

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Dec 23, 2010


Dec 05, 2010

A big thank you to all those that participated and helped to make this year's event a success. We managed to raise $5,475 towards battling prostate cancer. With a total of 48 members that took part this year our top three members that raised the most funds were Steve Farina($1,785), Kyle Doerksen($810) and Juraj Peresin($610).

Oct 05, 2010

This years Boot Drive was a great success due to all the help we had from our administration and volunteers shaking the boot. Thanks to all who helped out and made it possible to raise   $19,015   in just one weekend. Here is a list of members who volunteered their own time to shake the boot.
MCCULLOCH                                                          NOTTING
NORRINGTON                                                         BUCH
MILLER                                                                     VISSCHER
PALM                                                                         NIELD
THOMPSON                                                              FRASER
DALGARNO                                                             SKUCAS
RUETZ                                                                       HOLM
VANLEEUWEN                                                       DUDDY
SULLIVAN                                                               NYSTROM
FOX                                                                            MCNULTY C
BEZA                                                                         MCKAY
SHIDELER                                                                BATEMAN
HANSON                                                                   POWELL
BERGMAN                                                                STEFFICH
ANDREWS                                                                LUTERBACH
GLAUSER                                                                 SAULNIER
GLENEN                                                                    FAEDO
SINDEN                                                                     PASHLEY
REISIG                                                                       JAKUBCZYK
KIRKHAM                                                                RAYNER
MACKENZIE J                                                         ASPINALL
HUGHES                                                                   KEATS
OLSON JD                                                                 ROUSSEL
RICHEN                                                                     ZEMENCHIK
Also, we would like to thank the on duty crews for making time in their schedule to help with the boot drive.
Thank you
Bryce Ziefflie
MD Chairperson

May 25, 2010

Coquitlam Centre Hosts 2010 Pacific Regional Firefit Championships

and the winner is.....Dave "High Colesterol" Palm!

Dec 08, 2009

Coquitlam Firefighters donated $3,322.00 for the 2009 Movember fundraiser to raise funds and awareness for men’s health – specifically prostate cancer.
Total participants: 61/135 (45%)       a shift) 12/34 (35%)
                                                               b shift) 16/34 (47%)
                                                               c shift) 10/33 (30%)
                                                               d shift) 23/34 (68%)
Pre-existing moustaches: 13
Total participants that shaved before Nov 30th : 7
Total participants that grew handlebars: 4

Total participants that raised money online: 13

Thanks to all members that participated in this worthy cause!

Nov 06, 2009

This years Boot Drive was a great success due to all the help we had from our administration and volunteers shaking the boot. Thanks to all who helped out and made it possible to raise   $20,344   in just one weekend. Here is a list of members who volunteered their own time to shake the boot.
ZEMENCHIK                                               NOTTING
LUDWAR                                                     MCKAY
MACKENZIE J                                             MCCULLOCH
DALGARNO                                                 BETHUNE
RUETZ                                                          STEWART
KIRKHAM                                                    BERGMAN
GLENEN                                                       REISIG
STEFFICH                                                    CHRISMAS
ROBB                                                            NORRINGTON
OSTROWKA                                                RAYNER
MONTABELLO                                           BATEMAN
MARSHALL R                                             HICKS
IVERSEN                                                      KEATS
MILNE D                                                      SINDEN
SULLIVAN                                                   MILLER AND SONS
MULLIGAN                                                 BEZA
CHIEU                                                          ANDREWS
BUCH                                                           HANSON
FOX                                                              LUTERBACH
MCNULTY C                                               POWELL
ENGINE 10                                                   RICHEN
ENGINE 11                                                  
Also, we would like to thank the on duty crews for making time in their schedule to help with the boot drive.
Thank you
Bryce Ziefflie
MD Chairperson

Jun 07, 2009
Coquitlam firefighters IAFF local 1782 are proud to congratulate the many past and present members who participated in the games and won medals!
More than 10,000 athletes competed in 63 sports at 40 venues across British Columbia. This international sporting event, open to all full-time or retired fire fighters, law enforcement and customs and correctional officers around the world, brought together the emergency services community for 10 days of sport, comradeship and competition.

To see more photos of our athletes, go to our photo gallery (2009 WPFG) under the main menu.



Nov 28, 2008

Dec 19, 2006


Property taxes will rise 5.42%


By Janis Warren The Tri-City News
Dec 13 2006

Coquitlam homeowners will be hit next July with their biggest property tax bill in recent years.

Monday, city council voted 6-2 to hike property taxes by 5.42%, meaning a resident living in a home with the statistically average value of $450,000 will see property taxes and utility charges increase to about $2,028 — a $119 jump over this year.

The financial plan also calls for a 12% water rate hike, a 6% sewer and drainage rate increase and a 3.25% solid waste levy rise, mostly to offset the cost of the Bear Aware Program.

Cost drivers for the proposed budget, which is to be ratified tonight (Wednesday) at a special council meeting, include:

12 new firefighters to form a second company at the Town Centre fire hall;

• six additional RCMP officers, as outlined in the city’s 10-year plan for police services;

• 11.5 additional city hall employees;

• funding to operate the new Glen Pine seniors’ centre; and

development of the Town Centre sports tournament site (phase 1).

The financial plan, which must be adopted by May 15, also calls for $66,400 to pay councillors in the mayor’s role. Earlier this year, Mayor Maxine Wilson was criticized for unexpectedly taking several weeks off for holidays. As a result, councillors had to step in to act on her behalf at meetings and functions.

Coquitlam Fire/Rescue Chief Gordon Buchanan said he’s pleased council responded to his department’s needs. He said the extra company — plus the recent construction of the David Avenue connector — will better serve northeast Coquitlam, where the city anticipates another 24,000 residents will be housed over the next 20 years.

Of the city’s $145-million annual operating budget, the fire department eats up 10% — or $14.6 million — while the RCMP takes the largest chunk at 15% — or $21 million.

Coun. Barrie Lynch said the extra Mounties — nine in total, including three funded by the city of Port Coquitlam, which shares the detachment — will help with the city’s police-to-population ratio. For years, Coquitlam and PoCo have had among the lowest rates in the country for cities of their size, according to Statistics Canada.

But Coun. Lou Sekora, who, along with Coun. Richard Stewart, voted against the budget, said he’s disappointed council didn’t hire more Mounties, saying the detachment is 40 cops short.

Sekora also questioned why council didn’t use the city’s $1-million surplus, generated from growth, to offset property taxes. City-owned land could also be sold to keep taxes low, he said.

Stewart, who voiced concern about the lack of public consultation on the budget, said he would like the process next year to start in September, not November.

Several councillors tipped their hats to Coun. Doug Macdonell, who lead the charge to bring sports fees in line with those in neighbouring cities (council is expected to adopt the fees and charges bylaw tonight).

As a result, non-profit youth groups won’t have to pay a penny to play on sports fields, including turf fields. Macdonell said the savings should allow sports organizations to lower their registration costs.

Despite the hefty tax increase for 2007, the city anticipates property tax increases dropping to between 3.2% and 2.4% from 2008 to 2011.

Both the cities of Port Coquitlam and Port Moody estimate residential property taxes to hover around 5% next year.



Oct 28, 2006

Firefighters want to fill their boots

By Jennifer Saltman - Staff Reporter

Over the next week, local firefighters hope to be filling their boots - with money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC).

The annual boot drive is a fundraising event that will see firefighters from all three cities go out into the community between Sept. 15 and 23 to collect donations from the public.

They will join fire departments from across the province, who will try to host a record number of boot drives in September, which is Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month.

Muscular dystrophy is a group of more than 100 types of neuromuscular disorders characterized by the wasting and progressive weakness of muscles. Some are life-threatening, and presently, there is no cure.

"As firefighters, we joined with Muscular Dystrophy Canada 53 years ago in an effort to find a cure," says Dale Truscott, a Port Coquitlam firefighter. "We would never think about giving up and leaving a fire burning without extinguishing it, and we will not give up until we have found a cure for muscular dystrophy."

The money raised by the fire departments will be donated to MDC to improve the quality of life for people living with neuromuscular disorders by purchasing mobility equipment, providing support services and funding research.

Since 1968, Coquitlam firefighters from Local 1782 have been raising money for MDC through their annual boot drive.

In 2005, they raised more than $21,000 and have raised more than $55,000 in the last three years.

"The majority of our fundraising is done with our annual boot drive in the fall, where you will find us shaking the fire boots outside of our local businesses," says Coquitlam firefighter Bryce Ziefflie. "Our goal is to continue supporting MDC until a cure is found."

Ziefflie says firefighters are grateful to local businesses and the residents of Coquitlam for their support.

Coquitlam firefighters will be out from Sept. 15 to 17, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., shaking their boots at Coquitlam Centre, SilverCity, Safeway, Save-on-Foods, Super Valu and Real Canadian Superstore. Coquitlam firefighters will also hit the city's pubs and bars during a Sept. 16 pub crawl.

Port Coquitlam Fire and Rescue firefighters will be at Safeway, B.C. Liquor Stores and Cooper's Foods Sept. 22 to 23, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Firefighters from Port Moody will also be out Sept. 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., looking for change at the city's B.C. Liquor Store, IGA and Newport Village.

published on 09/15/2006

Oct 28, 2006

Firefighters boot it to raise $40,000

Tri-Cities fire departments raised more than $40,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada in September during their annual boot drive.

Local firefighters shook their boots outside of grocery stores, movie theatres, liquor stores and pubs to raise money, joining fire departments from across the province, who tried to host a record number of boot drives in September, which is Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month.

In the last two weeks of September, Coquitlam Firefighters Local 1782, Port Coquitlam Firefighters Local 1941 and Port Moody Fire and Rescue raised $22,294, $12,000 and $7,557, respectively, to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC).

Muscular dystrophy is a group of more than 100 types of neuromuscular disorders characterized by the wasting and progressive weakness of muscles. Some are life-threatening and, presently, there is no cure.

The money raised by the fire departments will be donated to MDC to improve the quality of life for people living with neuromuscular disorders by purchasing mobility equipment, providing support services and funding research.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada said in a news release that it thanks local firefighters and the community for their generous donations.

published on 10/13/2006

Jul 15, 2006

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Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Society Donates CADD Pump to Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation

October 28, 2004:  Jason Miller and Terry Wyatt of the Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Society visited the oncology department at Ridge Meadows Hospital Tuesday to present a cheque for $4,978.00 to Dr. Wendy Lam, RN Sharon Jones and RN Michelle Dyke. These funds were used to purchase a CADD pump.

Since 1998 the oncology program has been offering their service to the people of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. The program is the result of a collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency where Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows residents diagnosed with cancer are able to receive some kinds of chemotherapy close to home. The oncology program is part of the Ambulatory Services where treatment is administered as an outpatient service. Last year there were 384 patient visits for chemotherapy and an additional 191 ambulatory care visits by cancer patients.

There are many kinds of cancers, many types of chemotherapy mediations, and many kinds of protocols. Prompt cancer treatment can be critical for the patient both physically and emotionally in getting a good result.

Cancer patients say that having their treatment at RMH makes a huge difference for them. They are able to get to and from the hospital easily with the support of friends and family and they build close relationships with the oncology nurse over their treatment period.

The chemotherapy using the CADD pump is used generally for those patients who have colorectal cancer and receiving 5FU as their chemotherapy. This means that they receive treatment for a 46 hour period. The CADD pump is attached to the patient’s body and infuses the medication 24 hours a day.

The purpose of the Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Fund is to assist individuals and charitable organizations within their community.



For more information, please contact

Sandra Rankin, CFRE
Executive Director, Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation
Box 5000, Maple Ridge BC V2X 7G5
604-463-1801 (direct)
604-463-1888 (fax)

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. -- John wooden

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May 04, 2006


Across the IAFF  

Fire Fighter Marathon Team Runs for Burn Foundation

Robert Kuhn, Strongsville, OH Local 2882 with Dale Steward, Mount Prospect, IL Local 4119 and Robert Smith, a police officer from Mount Prospect.

November 1, 2005 - More than 55 IAFF members from across the United States and Canada participated in the 30th Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC on October 30, 2005, as part of the IAFF Burn Foundation Team.

The Fire Fighters Marathon team raised more than $30,000 for the IAFF Burn Foundation.

Tamara Masterson from North Vancouver, BC Local 296 finished the race in 3:42:13.


The winning time came from Robert Kuhn from Strongsville, OH Local 2882, who crossed the finish line in 3:09:00. The fastest female runner was Tamara Masterson from Coquitlam, B.C. Local 1782. She finished the race in 3:42:13. Complete marathon coverage will be published in the November-December issue of the International Fire Fighter.

Registration for the 2006 Marine Corps Marathon, to be held October 29, 2006, begins at starting in May. More details will be posted as the registration date draws closer.




May 04, 2006

Coquitlam firefighter Tamara Masterson: More than two million Canadians are affected by diabetes.

Reykjavik run will raise funds for diabetes research

By Angela MacKenzie - Staff Reporter

A Coquitlam firefighter will be able to cross off another item on her life's to-do list when she reaches the finish line of a 42.2-kilometre marathon in Reykjavik, Iceland next month.

Tamara Masterson is one of 180 members of Team Diabetes Canada, participating in events such as marathons, triathlons, mountain bike relays and adventure races to raise money for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Because the prevention or delay of the onset of Type 2 diabetes is associated with a healthy diet and regular exercise, the participants also serve as role models for healthy lifestyles - and Masterson is a gold-medal example.

Masterson opts to ride her bike to work from her home in North Vancouver to Coquitlam every day. In preparation for the marathon, she also runs four to five times a week for one to three hours each day - about 30 kilometres a day.

"I do a lot of running and riding, and a marathon is just another thing on my checklist that I wanted to do," Masterson says when asked about her reasons for participating in the Icelandic run.

She chose the Reykjavik Marathon over marathons in Dublin, Bermuda and Honolulu partly for climate reasons.

"Doing a marathon in 30 degrees doesn't interest me," she says, laughing.

The Reykjavik Marathon is an international competitive marathon that is described as the "highlight of the year" for runners in Iceland.

For Masterson, the marathon is yet another challenge to conquer.

A former mountain bike racer and competitive figure skater, she also worked for eight years as a ski patrol member.

After graduating with a degree in human kinetics from the University of B.C., Masterson returned to school at the Justice Institute of B.C. to become a firefighter.

"It wasn't until I finished university that I decided that was something I wanted to do," she says. "They started hiring female firefighters and I chose to pursue it and here I am."

Masterson has been with the Coquitlam department for two and a half years.

"It was tough to get in," she says. "I was fortunate because I've done a lot of sports all my life, so I was pretty strong and I was pretty fit, so I didn't have to put in the extra effort to get stronger ... the only extra thing I did was to start going to the gym to work on upper body strength."

Although she is not diabetic herself, Masterson says she often encounters people with diabetes through her work.

"A lot of the medical calls we go to, the people are diabetic," Masterson says. "They may not have suffered a collapse or whatever being diabetic, but they might have a heart condition and you find out they have diabetes as well."

According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, diabetes is one of Canada's leading causes of death by disease with more than two million Canadians affected by diabetes and at least $9 billion spent annually in Canada to treat people with diabetes and its complications.

As part of her commitment to Team Diabetes Canada, Masterson has pledged to raise a minimum of $5,500. The Canadian Diabetes Association will use those funds for diabetes research, education, advocacy and services to people with diabetes.

- Anyone who would like to help Masterson reach her fundraising goal can send cheques payable to the Canadian Diabetes Association, c/o Tamara Masterson, Coquitlam Firefighters, 1020 Austin Ave., Box 47553, Coquitlam, B.C. V3K 2A0. For more information about the Canadian Diabetes Association, visit

May 04, 2006

Paul vanPeenen/NOW
Coquitlam firefighter Stu Aspinall: "I just wanted to help."

'What they saved, not what they lost'

By Ron Devitt - Staff Reporter

A Coquitlam firefighter is back from a volunteer stint in his hometown of Kelowna.

Stu Aspinall returned from his hometown of Kelowna a changed person this week.

Aspinall, a career firefighter with 16 years to his credit with Coquitlam Fire and Rescue, was among the first team of volunteers from the Coquitlam department to help out in the fire-ravaged Interior.

A second volunteer crew left Monday morning.

Aspinall grew up in Kelowna, and his mother and mother-in-law still live in the Okanagan city.

"Obviously when this was going on, there were a couple extra heartstrings being pulled," Aspinall told The NOW Monday morning.

When Aspinall and his Coquitlam colleagues left for the Interior Thursday morning, he was hoping they would be deployed in the city where he spent his first 22 years, including three years as a volunteer firefighter. But they were, instead, sent to Naramata, another hot spot located between Kelowna and Penticton.

Aspinall had finished his two, 12-hour shifts in Naramata, but had heard the harrowing stories coming out of Kelowna from firefighters who stood in the teeth of the wind-fueled fire storms that swept through the city Friday night.

Rather than returning to Coquitlam with his crew, Aspinall stayed on and went to Kelowna to continue the fight.

"It was a pretty amazing thing to see and an amazing thing to be a part of," Aspinall said. "Hats off to the Kelowna guys. They never had a break and they're not giving up."

He was assigned to a volunteer crew from Comox, which was deployed in the Mission neighbourhood, one of the hardest hit areas in Kelowna. Their job was to knock down hot spots, not far from the neighbourhood where Aspinall grew up.

"I drove around my old home area and the house I grew up in was still standing, but the one beside it wasn't, and the ones behind it were gone," he said.

He said he was filled with a sense of relief at seeing his boyhood home still standing, but also sadness at seeing much of his old neighbourhood destroyed.

"I kind of expected my house to be gone," he said. "I've never been to a war, but when they describe it as a war zone, it totally looks that way."

He could only imagine the intensity and heat of the firestorm that swept through some of the neighbourhoods.

"There's so much activity and devastation all in one place, I couldn't even begin to understand what the guys went through the night before," he said.

He said he never felt his life was in danger while he was fighting the fires, but can imagine what the firefighters felt when the wind changed and they were surrounded by walls of fire.

"I have no idea what those guys saw with the firestorms."

He said firefighters are used to showing up at a house fire and quickly assessing a plan to save the it. Instead, they were forced to decide which homes they would have to let burn so they could save others.

"The idea of letting a house burn is not even in our makeup, and having to watch hundreds of homes burn in their own community ..." he said. "They have to be reminded of what they saved and not what they lost."

Aspinall was also struck by the way emergency services, disaster relief agencies, private corporations and individual volunteers all pitched in to help each other.

"There's a million stories of people going out of their way to help out up there," he said, downplaying his own volunteer contributions. "I just wanted to help."

He recalls standing in a staging area in the Mission area of Kelowna, where new firefighters were preparing to relieve others coming off shift. An RCMP patrol car pulled up and a burly officer emerged.

"He got out and looked at us," Aspinall said. "His eyes welled up and said, "You guys saved my house last night. You guys rock.'"

He said even with hundreds of people contributing to the firefighting efforts, it will ultimately be up to Mother Nature as to when the battle of the blazes will be won.

He said firefighters gladly accept small amounts of rain, but it's always bittersweet when it's accompanied by lightning.

"I'm glad I was able to contribute. If I could have done more and stayed longer, I would have," he said.

Aspinall was also struck by how dry the forest is. He said he and another firefighter had no problem lifting a 700- to 800-pound stump because it was so dry.

He watched as 80- to- 100-foot trees burned from bottom to top in a matter of seconds.

"There's this huge flash of very intense heat, light and the sound it makes from its own wind it creates," he said.

The father of two said if he is needed again on his next days off, he will likely go.

"I've learned so much every day in this job, but on this one I learned stuff and saw stuff I hope I never have to see again," Aspinall said. "It was amazing. It's something I'll never forget."

May 04, 2006

Paul vanPeenen/NOW
On his last day on the job, retiring Capt. Klaus Kahle salutes his fellow Coquitlam firefighters.

Fitting farewell for retiring firefighter - at a fire

By Jennifer Saltman - Staff Reporter

Capt. Klaus Kahle had been looking forward to Thursday for a long time.

Oct. 27 was his last shift before retiring after 30 years as a Coquitlam firefighter. Kahle, who became a firefighter in 1976, has been with Coquitlam for his whole career and was most recently stationed at the Mariner fire hall at Mariner Way and Como Lake Avenue.

However, Kahle's sendoff was somewhat unique.

When a firefighter retires he or she is taken on a retirement drive-by - the retiree is taken to each fire hall in the city, where firefighters come out and line up on the tarmac to shake hands and say their farewells.

"It's kind of a nice sendoff for a guy that's retiring," Kahle said Thursday morning. "It was quite enjoyable, something I was looking forward to."

But because of a fire early Thursday morning, many firefighers weren't at their halls.

"As luck would have it, because of the fire last night, a number of the individuals were at the fire on Schoolhouse," Kahle said.

So instead of hitting all of the fire halls in Coquitlam, Kahle was driven to the scene of the fire at 115 Schoolhouse St. to receive his sendoff.

The fire was nearly out by the time he arrived, so firefighters were able to stop, line up and say their farewells.

published on 10/28/2005

May 04, 2006

Paul vanPeenen/NOW
Coquitlam firefighters Steve Piccolo, Sandro Bonifazi and John Olson unload first response equipment for an all-terrain vehicle. The kit was specially designed to get into rough terrain quickly to respond to a forest fire within city limits.

Firefighters get special tools for urban forest fires

By Angela MacKenzie - Staff Reporter

Firefighters are ready to battle urban forest fires, says Coquitlam Fire Chief Gord Buchanan.

"The probability of a forest fire or a wild land fire is relatively low in our region," Buchanan said. "But, of course, the consequences are high, being that we're more heavily populated and there are more structures."

The department is in a heightened state of alertness, he told The NOW Monday, with firefighters equipped with the latest in technology and training.

"We've created a special instructor/response group of ex-forestry firefighters," Buchanan said. "They provide us with expert advice for prevention measures, training and at the scene of an emergency as technical specialists."

Several members of the special response team have high-level training in fighting forest fires, Buchanan said, and they can be paged to respond to emergencies.

The entire department has also received updated training on how to fight forest fires, which differs from fighting the structural fires that are more common in urban areas.

"As a forestry firefighter, you're not dealing with a confined fire," Buchanan said. "A forestry fire can run on you a lot quicker and the techniques for fighting that fire are different."

The department is in the process of completing tours of community parks and forested areas, and has updated and reviewed its operational guidelines. It has also signed an automatic aid agreement with Port Coquitlam.

Technology will also play a role in helping to battle potential outbreaks. Firefighters are now able to pull up printable zone maps on laptops in their vehicles. They can see a specific area's topography, including slopes, access areas and special hazards.

The department is also in the process of purchasing compressed air pumps for environmentally friendly Class A foam.

"What that does is enhance water's ability to put out fire by absorbing more BTUs and absorbing the heat - that's how water puts out fire," Buchanan said. "It removes the heat and Class A foam enhances that by many times so you don't have to have nearly as much water."

Emergency support vehicles or ATVs are also located at the Mariner and Town Centre fire halls.

"They're loaded on trailers for initial fast-attack units," Buchanan said. "They're like little golf carts - they're four-by-four - and they're loaded with forestry fighting equipment, chainsaws, hoses, pump fittings, all those sorts of things so they can be deployed quickly when the fire is small."

If the fire is too large to be handled by the emergency all-terrain vehicles, he said, firefighters will be able to relay information via radio back to the fire hall to bring in appropriate equipment or notify the Ministry of Forests.

Coquitlam firefighters have also launched a public awareness campaign to help residents prevent fires.

The Coquitlam fire chief received approval earlier this month from city council to relax Coquitlam's water conservation bylaw to allow the fire department for a minimum of three days to override limits to residential sprinkling in areas where a fire hazard rating has been set at "extreme."

In April, the Port Moody and Port Coquitlam fire departments also began gearing up for the potentially dangerous summer fire season.

Heavily wooded areas in Port Moody at risk for urban forest fires include Chineside Park, Belcarra Regional Park, Bert Flinn Park and the Heritage Mountain area. In Port Coquitlam, firefighters are keeping an eye on areas such as Hyde Creek.

The Ministry of Forests was reporting 11 wildfires in B.C.'s Coastal Centre region as of Monday - seven of those caused by human activity - with 604 hectares burned. A total of 255 fires are burning in the province.

- Information for residents on fire prevention is available on the City of Coquitlam website at

Jul 15, 2006
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L. TO R.: Tony Burke, Executive Director & Chair of Bright Nights Committee, Commissioner Eva Riccius, Chair of Vancouver Park Board, Bright Nights Vice-Chair Dave Veuger
STANLEY PARK, VANCOUVER – Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2004 has raised $176,357 thousand for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.  Bright Nights is a joint event of the Vancouver Park Board and the provincial Burn Fund.  All donations and partial proceeds from the Stanley Park Christmas Train and Children’s Farmyard go to the Burn Fund to help burn survivors and their families.


In its seven years of operation, Bright Nights has raised over $850 thousand dollars for the Burn Fund.  “The goal for 2005 is to top the million-dollar mark in fundraising,” says Tony Burke, Executive Director of the Burn Fund and Chair of the Fire Fighter’s Bright Nights Committee. “With ongoing support from the community and our sponsors we are positive that we’ll reach the goal.”


Over five hundred professional fire fighters from the Lower Mainland and fire departments around the province donated four thousand hours of their off-duty time to set up, operate and tear down the lighting display. 

The Burn Fund thanks the tireless efforts of the 200 student volunteers who acted as Bright Nights Ambassadors, assisting with crowd control, parking and traffic control. Special thanks for the ongoing support to the Vancouver Park Board, and the management and staff of the Stanley Park Train, Children’s Farmyard, and Mortal Coil.


L. to R. Tony Burke, Dave Veuger, Thanh Hoang, Bar Manager at the Old Spaghetti Factory, Gastown. The OSF is a Gold sponsor of Bright Nights in Stanley Park. This cheque is through their Bright Nights in-house promotion and donations from customers during the month of December.
The Burn Fund acknowledges the Bright Nights sponsors who helped make the event a success. They are:

Gold: Global TV BC, VanNet Newspapers, Old Spaghetti Factory; Bronze: BC Toy Association, White Spot Restaurants, USC Education Savings Plans Inc., Panago Pizza, Mega Cranes Ltd., United Rentals of Canada.

Friends of Bright Nights:  Atomic Signs Ltd., Autogas Propane, Britco, BC Hydro PowerSmart Team, Burnaby Fire Fighters Local 323, Canada Bread Company, Canadian Automated Banking Incorporated, Canadian Intermodal Services, Celestial Seasonings, CFOX Radio, Coquitlam Fire Fighters Local 1782, CUPE 1004, District of West Vancouver, E&E Commercial Insurance Brokers, EasyPark, Finning Rental Power, Gary Turner Displays, General Paint Corporation, Hicks Insurance, Hilary Morris – Artist, Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House/Best Oyster Bar, MacDonald’s Farm, Mansonville Plastics (BC) Ltd., Mitchell’s Gourmet Foods, Mojo Radio, Salmon’s Rentals Ltd., Seattle’s Best Coffee, Shadowline Transportation Group, Surfwood Supply Ltd., Teamsters Union Local 31,, The Beat 94.5 fm, Thomas FX, and Vancouver Fire Fighters Local 18.

The B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund is a registered non-profit charity established by professional fire fighters to fund the upgrade and purchase of new equipment for hospitals in British Columbia. It also funds education and training of hospital medical staff; does public education in the treatment and care of burn survivors; operates the annual summer camp for young burn survivors and carries out burn prevention and awareness programs.  For more information, or to donate to the Burn Fund, visit

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