The Big Tancook Island Emergency Response Association (BTIERA) provides both fire protection and medical first responder service to island residents. We are looking for funding of $60,000, in order to build a much-needed fire hall.
The name of this project is a result of the pledge of an eight-year-old grandson who asked his grandmother, a BTIERA board member, why we were fundraising. Oliver asked why we were fundraising. When it was explained to him, he said ‘I have $250 that I saved, I will donate it for the fire hall.’
BTIERA has four vehicles which include a tanker truck, a rapid response vehicle (RRV), a command vehicle and a medical response vehicle (MRV). Garage space is rented for the medical response vehicle; however, the others are parked outside throughout the year. As a result, the tanker truck must be left empty to prevent the water from freezing. Both the RRV and command vehicle are relatively new and being parked outside all year will significantly reduce their service life.
The goal of the project is to construct a four-bay garage/fire hall to house vehicles and equipment. This building will be heated which will allow the tanker truck to always be full of water and ready to respond immediately to a fire. Keeping our other vehicles indoors will facilitate their maintenance and significantly extend their service life.BTIERA’s financial responsibility will be to cover the costs of materials and ancillary costs for this project. We have received a tentative commitment from the military’s engineering team of reserves to provide the labour to construct the fire hall. In addition, we have skilled islanders who have volunteered to assist with the excavation and site preparation work. The fire hall will be built on property owned by the Tancook Island Recreation Centre Association and attached to the existing Recreation Centre.
To make a donation please click on the link below
Oliver’s Fire Hall Appeal
This year’s annual Ratepayers’ meeting will be held on Saturday, July 4 at 2:30 pm in the Rec Centre.
Notice to Residents:
Please be aware that EHS has moved all MFR agencies to Level 5 response model.
This means that we will only attend:
Motor Vehicle Collisions
Despite making a case for our isolated location and circumstances, the decision by the Province stands.
BTIERA will not be attending any 911 medical call outs unless they fall into the above two categories.
If there is a 911 medical call out, Paramedics will attend from the mainland by either ferry or Lifeflight. BTIERA will provide transport locally for the paramedics.
Please if you have a medical emergency call 911, do not contact our MFR’s privately and put pressure on them to see you off the books. This could have serious consequences for BTIERA and the individual MFR.
The recent CBC news story feature on BTIERA was a good reminder to all of us that we are indebted to these community-minded volunteers for their unwavering commitment to the safety of island residents.
One way in which we can continue to express our appreciation for this invaluable organization is by participating in BTIERA fundraising events like Sunday’s Fall Dinner.
By all accounts the Fall Dinner was a resounding success. From the ham and turkey carvers and the raffle tickets sellers to the community members who contributed a dish and the intrepid kitchen volunteers, the Fall Dinner raised approximately $2200.
With well over 100 people in attendance at the Fall Dinner, it is safe to say that the community spirit of Big Tancook Island is alive and well!
The raffle draw winners are:
Hooked mat – Rodney Cross, Chair – Al Barkhouse, Quilt – Diana Hutt, Knitted Shawl – Melba Graham, Red Hat – Laura Barkhouse, Green Hat – John Elliott, Scarf – Audrey Flanders, Spaghetti or Pizza dinner – Jimmie Levy, T-shirt – Susan Apostle, T-shirt – Ava Farrar
Please leave a comment or email email@example.com if you are interested.
I would just like to give a thanks to the Tancook Fire Department for providing the LZO (Landing Zone Officer) and crew assistance in setting up the landing field for the Lifeflight (Medical Helicopter).
They provide this service on a 24 hr. basis at short notice. They are an integral part of the team that allows us to provide the best possible care to our community.
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