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No open fires on Tancook Island until further notice – by order of the Fire Chief.
From March 15 – October 15, you must check https://novascotia.ca/burnsafe/ daily to find out whether it is safe to have a fire. This website is updated every day at 2 pm. All domestic brush burning and campfires must adhere to daily Nova Scotia burning restrictions as indicated on the burnsafe website.
If the website indicates that it is safe to burn, the Fire Chief recommends that you make a call to BTIERA’s duty phone just to let them know your burn plans. This is especially true for residents who live in the interior or more remote parts of the island. The number is 902-277-1379.
If you see smoke and suspect that it is an uncontrolled fire call 911.
The “Tancook 101” booklet (link below) was developed to provide island residents with important information about health service providers who will travel to Tancook when needed.
For newcomers and people interested in exploring Tancook as a place to live, this booklet includes other pertinent information.
We are grateful to the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors “Age-friendly Communities Grant” program for funding our “Big Tancook Island: Creating a Community of Care” project as submitted by the Big Tancook Island Emergency Response Association (BTIERA).
The past two weeks involved a couple of training sessions for the Big Tancook Island Emergency Response fire defensive team with vehicle extrication training on October 30th and Standard First Aid on November 8th and 9th.
In May, 2018 BTIERA conducted an island-wide census and survey of health needs for full-time Tancook residents. Here is a summary of the results:
On Sept. 10, we were fortunate to spend the afternoon with three health professionals who shared their knowledge and experiences with us as part of our BTIERA “Age-Friendly Communities” project. We were all so happy with the attendance as the level of interest shown will likely mean that additional workshops and presentations will be offered in the future.
The first presenter and organizer of this event was Jennifer Briand, Western Caregiver Support Coordinator for Caregivers Nova Scotia. Jennifer provided us with an overview of services and programs that are available to all Nova Scotians including an explanation of Continuing Care programs, financial programs available and an overview of the ‘transitions in care’ information from the CaregiversNS website. Transitions in Care
Then Cheryl MacKay from the Alzheimer Society Nova Scotia (ASNS) discussed caring for someone with dementia and she gave an overview of symptom management.
Finally, Robin Philip, Occupational Therapist and member of the “Seniors’ Community Health Team” discussed fall prevention in the home. This team visits seniors in their homes to assess and meet their health care needs. The team includes a Dietician, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Social Worker and a Geriatrician.
Contact information you may find helpful:
Jennifer Briand – Caregiver Support 902.521.5592 western@caregiversNS.org
Cheryl MacKay – Alzheimer Society 902.422-7961
Robin Philip – OT 902.634.7015
As part of a project funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors under the Age-friendly Communities grant we recently conducted a health needs survey of full-time Tancook residents. To read the results of the survey please click on the link below: