Nelson Fire Rescue urges public to take extreme caution as heatwave continues
Nelson Fire and Rescue Services urges the public to take extreme care with any potential ignition sources during this period of hot dry weather as the department responded to almost 50 calls for service during the past week — two to assist Beasley Fire Rescue in very potentially dangerous wildland fires.
“Of the forty-nine calls the crews responded to in the last week, two were responses to the regional district to assist the Beasley Volunteer Fire Department with a wildland fire and a structure fire that partially extended to the surrounding forest,” Nelson Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Mike Daloise said in a media release.
The calls increased the number of incidents from 760 for 2017.
Monica Spencer of Beasley Fire Rescue said the mutual aid response from not only Nelson Fire Rescue, but also the other local departments — Blewett, Crescent Valley, Tarrys as well as BC Wildfire Service and BC Ambulance — made a huge difference in the success of knocking down the recent fires at the Beasley Bluffs and Bonnington house fire.
As well as the two Beasley Fire Rescue calls, NFR responded to:
- Two overdose calls that required the administration of Naloxone.
- A motorcycle accident.
- An incident involving a cyclist and a vehicle with significant injuries.
- Two Hazardous Materials calls involving suspected drug paraphernalia.
- Five By-Law enforcement calls involving unauthorized fires or smoking.
- Four Public Safety calls involving various hazards.
- Twelve Fire Responses for reports of smoke in structures and electronic alarms.
As the mercury continues to hover in the high 30s C range as warm air continues to move in at the upper levels from the south, keeping our weather pattern stable, Nelson Fire Rescue want the public to be vigilant and do not hesitate to contact the if anyone smells or sees smoke.