In March 1985, culminating years of hard work and dedication the group of volunteers whom worked tirelessly on making a volunteer fire department a reality in their community were finally rewarded as Extension and District Volunteer Fire Fighters Society was established to operate Extension Fire Department, whom under a new contract with the Regional District of Nanaimo to provide fire protection services within the fire protection district was established.
Today Extension Volunteer Fire Department is made up of dedicated men and women from all walks of life. We responded to ~40-60 calls a year that consists of:
- River Rescue
- Motor Vehicle Incidents
- Structure Fires
- Chimney Fires
- Grass and Bush Fires
- Vehicle Heavy Equipment and Industrial Fires
- Flammable and Combustible Fuel Leaks
- Low-embankment Rescue
- Dangerous Goods Spills
Our command structure works with: a Chief, Deputy Chief, Traning Officer, 4 Captains, 2 Lieutenants and Firefighters.
Emergency dispatching is through Central Island FireComm. Fire department members carry radio pagers & smartphones apps that will alert them to the location and type of emergency.
Regular members attend regular weekly practices on Tuesdays at 7 pm. There are also additional special practices, at various days and times, for larger practical training.
Recruits have an about six month training period, to become proficient in the skills they will need as firefighters. Training standards are set under IFSTA and NFPA guidelines.
Extension Fire Department places a high emphasis on training members. A large percentage of the annual budget is allocated exclusively to training. Only well-trained individuals can carry out their duties without undue risk to themselves or others.
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Current Extension Officer Roster
Fire Chief: K. Young
Deputy Chief: B. Britt
Captains: M. Balatti, P. Scroope, F. Ollinger, and T. Reid
Training Officer: T. Reid
Lieutenants: M. Smith, B. Kelly, and R. Rossetto
Extension Fire Department Society
Chairmen: M. McDonald
Secretary: M. Young
Members-at-Large: S. Schmidt, J. Pongratz-Doyle, G. Britt, W. Hamilton,