The Chu Chua Volunteer Fire Department has been operating since 1985, and started with 8 active members. Currently, the Fire Department has 9 members, including the Fire Chief. It is housed in the Fire Hall located kitty-corner from the main Band Office on Dunn Lake Road, which was built in 1988. All members of the Fire Department have undergone basic firefighting training through the First Nations Emergency Social Services and Justice Institute of BC (JIBC).
Several members of the Fire Department are also qualified First Responders. First Responders have been trained in First Aid and often answer 911 calls within the community to provide support and assistance before the ambulance or other services can arrive. As Chu Chua is located more than 20 minutes from the nearest emergency clinic or hospital, First Responders are important because they can provide immediate help to a patient that will sustain them while they travel to a medical facility for treatment.
The Fire Department also encourages the youth in the Simpcw community to be involved in the program. While those under 16 are not allowed to actively fight fires due to safety concerns, this is invaluable experience and will lead our young people to be better able to manage emergency situations in their own life as well as a future in aiding their community. The Fire Department also helps out with Fire Safety lessons at our community school, playing an active role in the “Learn Not To Burn” campaign, which teaches youngsters how to use a fire extinguisher, create an escape plan and other important tips.
The Fire Department has been important to Chu Chua, as well as the larger community of Barriere- helping out with the 2003 fire, as well as an ongoing agreement that provides assistance between the two communities in the case of an emergency. In 2015, the Fire Department was instrumental in the construction of an emergency services relay tower, which will provide increased level of emergency services to the Chu Chua community.
The Department also hosts an annual Slo-Pitch Tournament as a fund raiser, 2014 was the 23rd year this has been held at the Chu Chua Ball Field.
The Fire Department’s equipment includes a 2003 Ford CAFS Truck (150 gal.), a 2008 Freightliner Tanker (1500 gal.) with on-board hose reel and fire pump, a 1974 International Tanker (1500 gal.) with rear-mounted gasoline water pump and reel with 100’ of hard hose, SCBA tanks, and a portable 1500 gallon tank. The CAFS truck contains an Emergency Jump Kit and Oxygen Tank, and each First Responder is given an emergency jump kit to help speed up response time.
Chu Chua Volunteer Fire Department needs your help!
We are always accepting new volunteers to help make Chu Chua a safer place, and welcome your involvement! Practices are held every Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Volunteers are eligible for an Honorarium for their time, these are paid on a quarterly basis and amount to $15/ practice or call-out. Volunteers will receive free training and all expenses related to your service (meals, accommodations, supplies) are provided. Please note that occasionally, training will be held outside of Chu Chua, so some travel may be involved.
For further information, please contact:
CCVFD Assistant Fire Chief
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500 Dunn Lake Road, B.C
8:00am-4:00pm Monday to Friday