Comox Fire Rescue

Prevention, Emergency Response, and the Comox Fire Training Centre

Comox Fire Rescue provides a variety of preventive and emergency services to a population of over 18,000 in an area of 16 square miles. This includes the Town of Comox, the Comox Fire Protection Improvement District, the Bates Huband Local Service Area (Regional District of Comox-Strathcona), and the Comox Indian Band. They also operate the Comox Fire Training Centre, which trains firefighters from all over Vancouver Island, and even parts of BC and the rest of Canada. The training centre is certified by the JIBC.

Meet our Members: Ron Barrow

This week on Meet our Members, we interview Ron Barrow!

Lieutenant Ron Barrow

CFR: Could you provide a brief background of your fire service career?

My career as a Search and Rescue Technician in the Airforce posted me back to my home town of Comox in 1999.

CFR: Was there any specific event that first interested you in becoming a fire fighter?

I met the dedicated professionals within the CFD which lead me to join in 2002. That atmosphere continues to be a big part of the reward for me.

CFR: What is your favourite part of volunteering for Comox Fire Rescue (or working in the valley in general)?

Contributing to our communities well being and participating in the continuous learning and professional development offered in the Training Centre have motivated me from the beginning.

Lieutenant Barrow training new recruits at the Comox Fire Training Centre

CFR: Outside of the fire department, what are your interests/hobbies?

I enjoy all outdoor activities, with friends and family all year round. Especially boating and fishing with my wife Destinee and spending time with our grown boys Blayne, Jayden and Cedar...woof!

Thank you Ron for your many years of dedicated volunteer service!

Meet our Members - Katherine Braaten

What made you want to join the fire service?

I’m a very active person and I have always had an interest in the medical type jobs, so it seemed like a good fit....and it was! My passion in life is to help other people, if I can do one thing to make that persons day a little better than it was before, then that’s a good day to me.

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What is your favourite part of volunteering for Comox Fire Rescue?

What I love most about Comox Fire Rescue is the environment. Everyone is family here and we have each others backs. There’s no better feeling than when we all work together to get the job done.

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Outside of the fire department, what are your interests/hobbies?

My hobbies include pretty much anything outdoors, I am a competitive golfer and professional caddy for pro golfers. I love to hike and kayak and I play a variety of other sports.

What is your regular “Day Job”

During the day I work as a first aid attendant for Alpine First Aid and I absolutely love it. I get to travel all over B.C for first aid work which is awesome because I love to see new stuff!

Do you have family/children/pets?

I have a sister, my mother and my dog Murphy. We do everything together, my mom and I have backpacked Europe together and Asia, and my sister and I have played competitive volleyball on the same teams growing up which was a blast, and now we are both EMR’s. Murphy I’ve had since he was born and he’s my furry best friend!

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What makes being a Fire Fighter so special to you?

We put such a great focus on the community and making it better. Every time I respond to the pager… it’s instant family and we’re always working hard and checking our equipment to make sure everything works and is running smoothly.

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Chief Schreiner states, "Katie has been a great addition to our team. Her dedication to learning and training is warmly welcomed. Thanks for being part of the team Katie!”

Meet our Members - Terry Lonsberry

Could you provide a brief background of your fire service career?

I have always had a strong desire to help people, so as soon as I moved into the Comox Valley and close to Comox Fire Rescue I knew right away that I wanted to be part of this team.

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What is your favourite part of volunteering for Comox Fire Rescue?

As a member of Comox Fire Rescue we are given the opportunity to learn from and with true leaders in the fire service and some very dedicated professionals. 

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Outside of the fire department, what are your interests/hobbies?

I have always been into the outdoors, biking, swimming and exploring this beautiful island with Laurie in the Jeep. There are some pretty cool places to escape to around here!

What is your regular “Day Job”

My regular day job is a Personal Trainer. I own my own business and specialize in nutrition and weight loss.

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Do you have family/children/pets?

I am blessed to have my fiancée Laurie by my side, 2 daughters and 2 beautiful grandchildren just down the road in Nanaimo. Laurie and I also have 2 dogs that keep us on our toes.

If you could change one thing about the fire service, what would it be?

As I am new to firefighting the only thing I would like to see is more fire safe technology built into homes, for example if there were more systems built in to our home for fire suppression and to help people get out safely there could be a reduction in injury and fatalities. 

Chief Schreiner states, "Terry has been a great addition to our team. His dedication to learning and fitness is warmly welcomed. Thanks for being part of the team Terry!”

FREE - “Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program”

Comox Fire Rescue is offering FREE “Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program” (NEPP).

Are you prepared? Emergency Preparedness Courses at Comox Fire Rescue

Experience has shown that after a disaster, it may take three or more days for emergency services to reach many of the neighbourhoods and individuals. The NEPP program is designed to provide information, training and skills necessary for individuals and neighbourhoods to be self-sufficient after a disaster.

Classes are Free! Registration is required.

NEPP programs are scheduled at the Comox Fire Station on:

  • Friday, Sept. 20th, at 10am to 12pm

  • Friday, October 4, at 10am to 12pm

  • Friday, Novermber 8, at 10am to 12pm

  • Friday, December 6, at 10am to 12pm

Sessions are free. Contact the Comox Community Centre at 250-339-2255 or info@comox.ca to register.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): Lessons for Life

Comox Fire Department will be teaching a Free CPR Level A to citizens of the Comox Valley. This class will cover the skills needed to respond to cardiovascular and choking emergencies. Registration is required.

Contact the Comox Recreation Centre to register: www.comox.ca/recreation or 250-339-2255 info@comox.ca

The course is held at the Comox Fire hall - 1870 Noel Ave. on the following dates:

Friday, Sept 27

Friday Oct 25

Friday, Nov 22

Friday, Dec 13

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Comox Fire Rescue

1870 Noel Ave, Comox, BC, V9M 2K9, Canada

250.339.2432