Gambier Island is part of the BC Forest Service Coastal Fire Region of the Wildfire Management Branch. We lack municipal fire protection, and a water system with fire hydrants. Without a volunteer fire department, fire prevention is a responsibility of all islanders. The Gambier Fire Equipment Group (GFEG) was established in 1980 by neighbors in our S.W. peninsula as a self-help training group.
GFEG purchases fire suppression equipment with financial contributions from islanders for use by the community. Our equipment coordinators have outfitted fire equipment trailers in Gambier Harbour, New Brighton and West Bay. A separate group has been formed on the east coast in Brigade Bay and others are being formed in Douglas Bay and in S.E. Gambier (Fircom Plateau, Gambier Estates, Sunset Estates, Camp Fircom and Ecovillage). Standardized forestry equipment in all locations makes it possible to interconnect and thus, we can come to each other’s aid when needed.
GFEG conducts fire-training sessions so that islanders can become familiar with their equipment to protect their own properties or to assist with a neighboring fire. We recognize that the most likely application and value of our fire equipment will be to provide us with tools that help us to contain a fire from spreading to or from the forest, or to other property.
To support GFEG’s activities, please make an annual contribution using our PAYPAL contribution donation button below. Alternatively please send your financial contribution to:
GFEG Treasurer, 398 Dulcie Rd, Gambier Harbour, Gambier Island, BC V0N 1V0
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Austin Trails Fire Equipment: A group of
Austin Trails residents purchased a 'rapid response'
unit, manufactured by Quik
Corp of Australia. It uses a high-pressure/low volume
approach and includes a water tank, ½”
diameter hoses, and foam mix gun. The pump is powered
by an electric-start 9 HP Honda engine. The equipment
is installed in a 4-wheel drive pick-up truck. The truck
and equipment reside near the cul-de-sac on Mountain
Road. Contact Vic Arnold if you have any questions.