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Firefighters from yesterdays controlled burn from a Fire Smart cleanup event from last fall.

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South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department

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South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department Open House slatedThe South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department is hosting an Open House at the Fire Hall (546 Green Lake South Rd.) on May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it will be an opportunity for the community to talk to Fire Chief Roger Graham, Assistant Fire Chief Bob Bell, Deputy Fire Chief Dunham Craig and the captains about the apparatus, equipment, dry hydrants and what’s happening at the Fire Hall.Home sprinklers informationThere will be a sprinkler booth where people can talk to local firefighters about the advantage of sprinklers as a great last line of defence against wildfires. People will also be able to put in orders for some sprinklers. Firefighters will be building 200 new sprinklers this year – 40 sets of of three ground sprinklers and two rooftop sprinklers.A sprinkler demonstration will be on display behind the Fire Hall during the Open House. Anyone with questions about sprinklers or about designing a sprinkler system for their homes can e-mail Del at Lindawestfall@hotmail.com.Fence maintenanceThere will also be a booth where folks can learn about the fence behind our properties that keep the range cattle from coming down and making a mess in our yards.A group of residents have been looking after the fence system for a number of years, and they would like some new volunteers to help check the fence line to make sure there aren’t any breaks the cows can get through and to fix those breaks.All of the hard work of building the fence line has been completed, and now it’s just a matter of checking the fence and maintaining its integrity.So please talk to the folks at the fence line booth to thank them for what they do and see if there is some way they can be helped.FireSmart boothsThe local FireSmart crew will have two booths at the open house, which will have a couple of maps.One of the maps will show where the wildfires have been close to our South Green Lake Community over the years.The map will show just how close wildfires have been to our properties. The reality is: it’s not a matter of if there will be a wildfire threatening our homes, cabins and properties, but it is a matter of when that wildfire will happen.This is why the local FireSmart crew wants property owners to make their homes, cabins and properties more wildfire resilient. So please stop at the booths and talk to people – two Local FireSmart Representatives (LFRs) and the Bravo Neighbourhood Champion – about how we can protect our homes, cabins and properties.Be sure to check out the Bravo FireSmart Neighbourhood Recognition Sign.The second map will show which of the three designated FireSmart neighbourhoods your property is in. Ask the LFRs how you can make your homes, cabins and properties more wildfire resilient.The FireSmart table will also have some combined smoke and CO alarm giveaways for South Green Lake property owners on a first-come first-served basis if they don’t have hard-wired detectors in their homes and cabins and they didn’t pick up alarms at last year’s giveaway.FireSmart LFR Ken Alexander will be asking the people picking up the detectors for the property owner’s lot number, first and last names, phone numbers and email addresses, so please bring that along when you pick up an alarm.The local FireSmart crew will also be asking people who come to the FireSmart booth if they would be interested in be becoming a FireSmart Champion for their neighbourhood or if they would like to join the FireSmart committees for the A and C Neighbourhoods, which the local FireSmart Crew would like to get recognized this year.Food and FunHotdogs and a drink – pop, water, coffee and tea – will be available by donation.Folks can also purchase tickets for five raffle baskets.FireSmart mascot Ember will be showing up for the event, so the children and the young at heart can meet her and get their pictures taken with her.The local FireSmart Crew will be handing out Ember gifts on a first-come first-serve basis at the booth.There will also be a Kids Booth where children will be able to choose doing two crafts and colouring FireSmart pages.Best of all, people will be able to meet their South Green Lake firefighters and chat with their South Green Lake friends and neighbours.Photo caption: George McFalane, who has a cabin on the off-shore side of South Green Lake, created a sprinkler system he made with sprinklers from the South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

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Fire department prepared for wildfire event

South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department members set up sprinklers around the Green Lake Snowmobile Club to form a water barrier around the building.

Ken Alexander photo

South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department (SGLVFD) firefighters and officers have conducted two wildfire practices in July.

The first practice saw them setting up sprinkler lines around the Green Lake Snowmobile Clubhouse and on the boulevard on the shoreline side of Green Lake South Road. The sprinkler lines went up smoothly and they had water flowing quickly.

The firefighters got passing grades from Fire Chief Roger Graham and Safety Officer Steve Baker.

The second practice involved a mock callout to Access Road #14. The response time was excellent. As soon as the firefighters and apparatus arrived on the scene, the firefighters quickly set up yard sprinkler lines as well as roof top sprinklers on the home and garage at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Everyone was kept busy setting up sprinkler lines from the equipment that was stored in the new wildfire trailer.

The trailer also carried portable pumps that were used to draw water from Green Lake to feed the sprinklers that were providing a steady and strong flow of water to create a moisture barrier that would stop a wildfire from spreading from the bush to the buildings on the property.

This practice was significantly more sophisticated than the first one, and everyone did their jobs flawlessly.

If a spot fire popped up in the South Green Lake community, local firefighters would have a good chance at stopping or significantly slowing the spread of fire.

Sprinklers available

South Green lake full- and part-time residents who signed up to purchase sprinklers from the SGLVFD will be able to pick them up at the fire hall on July 31 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Firefighters and officers worked hard to build all of the sprinklers.

Residents are asked to have their cheques ready when they pick up their sprinklers during the drive-through event at the fire hall (546 Green Lake South Rd.) on July 31 between 1 and 3 p.m.

Safety bags and detectors available

The second round of safe home safety bag, with combined smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms, drive-through pickup event at the fire hall will be held at the fire hall on July 31 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The South Green Lake community’s full- and part-time residents were given this gift thanks to the Fire Chiefs Association, Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) and the Office of the Fire Commissioner.

The South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department was the recipient of hundreds of combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms to give to South Green Lake full- and part-time residents who don’t have hard-wired alarms in their homes and cabins.

However, it wasn’t just the alarms the SGLVFD received. It also got reusable bags from the TNRD full of home fire safety information as part of the giveaway package.

Residents are asked to have their names, lot numbers, phone numbers and e-mail addresses ready when they pick up their safety bags.

Residents are asked to drive safely when the come into the parking lot to pick up alarms and fire-safety information because there will also be residents coming in to pick up their pre-ordered sprinklers.

Fire Sprinklers

George Macfarlane turning on his homemade sprinkler system that he will use to protect his buildings from a wildfire if necessary.

Sprinklers can save homes/cottages in a wildfire incident

After people, who live in the Wildland Urban Interface – where their homes are beside or close to forests or grasslands – have FireSmarted their property and the buildings on it, they should consider installing the last line of defence.

They could install a sprinkling system that will provide a moisture barrier around their homes, cottages and outbuildings.

Having an activated sprinkler system could make the difference between saving your home and/or cottage as well as all of of the memorabilia and other valuables inside of them.

South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department (SGLVFD) trainer Del Westfall says sprinkler systems do save homes.

“It’s a proven fact that sprinklers can save your house. When I went to the Hutchinson Subdivision after the [2017 Elephant Hill] wildfire went through there, you could see where the wildfire burned up to the foundations of the homes that had sprinkler systems and the homes weren’t touched.

“So it is a proven fact that sprinklers will help in a wildland fire as long as they are activated.”

Westfall says sprinklers do that by putting humidity in the air, thereby cooling the air and dampening the ground and the roof.

However, a sprinkler system is only as good as your supply of water.

Folks who live along the shore line of Green Lake have an abundant supply of water, so they just have to pump the water to their sprinkler systems.

Residents, who live on the off-shore side of the lake, will likely get their water supply from their wells.

Unfortunately, well water wouldn’t be available if the hydro power isn’t available.

However, South Green Lake off-shore resident George Macfarlane has found a way to have an adequate water supply for his home-made sprinkler system even if Hydro is knocked out during a wildfire incident.

Macfarlane says he decided to build his own sprinkler system when he visited Pressy Lake after the Elephant Hill wildfire tore through the lakeside community destroying homes and cottages. Unfortunately, the property owners didn’t have activated sprinkler systems when the wildfire went through, he notes.

Macfarlane says he decided he needed to set up a sprinkler system because the 2017 wildfire was only five minutes away when it roared past his South Green Lake property.

He started by purchasing four, 200-Canadian-gallon carbuoys (rigid containers) and some flexible hose to connect them. These containers can be connected to each other to provide a significant amount of water for the sprinklers and only need to be drained before winter to avoid freezing.

He helped the SGLVFD firefighters build some sprinklers during the 2017 wildfire season, which the fire department made available to community members.

Macfarlane built four of his own three-foot tall yard sprinklers to protect his home and property.

He didn’t build roof-top sprinklers because he has a metal roof. He will use one yard sprinkler to provide a moisture barrier for his house and garage, and place the three other

yard sprinklers near his property line to provide a moisture barrier between his back yard and the Crown wildland.

He says there is a large fuel load out back of his property and believes that’s where the fire would come through.

Macfarlane purchased a firefighting high-pressure pump with accessories from Princess Auto on the Lower Mainland. He says it came with everything he needed build the water supply system, but adds folks who want to build a sprinkler system should get started on it now because parts – such as connectors and hose fittings – can be hard to come by.
The good thing about the pump system that Macfarlane purchased from Princess Auto is the components are 100 per cent compatible with the Ministry of Forests and SGLVFD fittings.

Macfarlane says it cost him around $1,400 to build his system, but he only paid half price for the pump.

“I recommend to anyone wanting to put this system together to give me a call at either 604-219-0469 or 604-591-3246 and I will render any assistance I am able to supply.”

Meanwhile, SGLVFD firefighters are willing to make up some sprinkler systems for South Green Lake residents, and they are offering a five-sprinkler package of two rooftop sprinklers and three ground sprinklers for $60 per sprinkler.

However, folks will have to pre-order a sprinkler system before July 15 before the firefighters will start building them.

The South Green Lake residents can pick up their sprinklers and pay their bills at the Fire Hall (546 Green Lake South Rd.) on July 31 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Anyone else who didn’t pre-order and wants a sprinkler system can show up at the Fire Hall on July 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. and they can order a set.

Anyone with questions or wants to order some sprinklers can contact Del Westfall at home at 250-456-2267; cell at 778-378-9013, or by e-mail at lindawestfall@hotmail.com

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