FIRE DANGER RATING

(Updated 08/10/2016)

Effective Noon, Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 and Until Further Notice: A campfire ban is in effect for all areas within the Halfmoon Bay Fire Protection District. This includes all fires whether for warmth, cooking or for ceremonial purposes, fireworks and all beach fires. Fires in stoves or barbecues using gas or briquettes are allowed.

The following uses will not be allowed:

  • campfires, as defined by the wildfire regulation (burning of woody debris)
  • open fires, of woody debris, in an outdoor stove
  • tiki torches
  • the use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description;

The prohibition does not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres. Other items, or activities, that remain are prohibited are the use of tiki torches, fireworks and sky lanterns.

 

HBVFD Crest ColorTHE HALFMOON BAY VOL. FIRE DEPT. is a volunteer service consisting of approximately 30 members. Our mission is   to serve the community of Halfmoon Bay by protecting life, property and the environment.  Fire protection, rescue and emergency medical services, Public fire and life safety education, fire inspections, training and administration are provided.

The Fire Department operates under the direction of the Fire Chief who is responsible to the Sunshine Coast Regional District.

Halfmoon Bay has a population of about 2,650. The Halfmoon Bay Fire Department responded to emergency calls, ranging from structure fires to grass fires, from rescues and auto extrication to backup for the emergency health services.  The Fire Chief or Duty Officer also respond’s to complaints, ranging from burning complaints to reports of hazardous materials.

Emergency services are provided by volunteer firefighters. Volunteer firefighters are directly responsible for fire and rescue operations, including incident response and the operation of all apparatus and equipment.  All firefighters, participate in the Justice Institute NFPA Firefighter level II program and First Responder Level III.  Firefighters respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.