Comox Firefighters Association and Rotary Club of Comox have partnered to help our citizens prepare better for an emergency. For a limited time we are offering a 2 person, 72 hour emergency kit for $65.00 each. That is 50% of the regular retail of this kit. Limited to one per person. Kits are available at the Comox fire station on Noel Ave. Cash or cheque for $65.00 made payable to Comox Firefighters Association.
This week on Meet our Members, we interview our newest work experience firefighter, Kyle Mariani!
CFR: Could you provide a brief background of your fire service career?
I would say this is the beginning of my Fire Service career. That being said I believe Comox will always hold special place in my Fire Service Career when I look back years from now, it will always be the first and I believe the experience I have gained here will play a big role in landing a career job as a firefighter. I did come into this work experience already having my NFPA 1001 IFSAC seals for Firefighter I & II certifications as well as Hazmat Awareness and Operations. I have completed the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder CPR/HCP – AED certification. I also hold a valid Class “D” Ontario Driver’s License with “Z” airbrake endorsement. As far as Firefighting experience though Comox Fire Rescue is my first and I am grateful for the opportunity.
CFR: Was there any specific event that first interested you in becoming a fire fighter?
I wouldn't say there was one specific event that interested me in being a firefighter. Just like most Canadian kids I grew up wanting to be a professional hockey player and play in the NHL. I always knew aside from hockey that I didn't want your typical 9-5 desk job. I think from there I started to look into different jobs and fell in love with everything about firefighting and the culture. Its very similar to being on hockey teams with the team aspect. I love being able to help people and be there for them when they need it most. Being a part of an organisation that takes pride in the work they do which is a wide variety things which keeps things interesting.
CFR: What was your favourite part of work experience with Comox Fire Rescue?
My favourite part of the work experience would be the people here. Comox Fire has a good mix of all different kinds of people personality wise, interests wise, cultures and backgrounds which never makes for a dull moment and makes for a great well rounded team. A side from the people I have enjoyed seeing what it takes to be a great firefighter while learning new skills and tuning the ones I already had.
CFR: Outside of the fire department, what are your interests/hobbies?
Outside of the fire department I am big into sports and fitness. I was fortunate enough to be able to play hockey professionally for quite a few years all over North America and Europe so hockey has been a big part of my life. I love to travel whether it's around the world or on a day adventure going on a hike trying something new keeping active. Family is very important to me as well whether it is my immediate family, close friends or now the Fire family.
CFR: If you could change one thing about the fire service, what would it be?
To be honest I think the Fire Service is in a good place. I believe that's because the people before the firefighters you see today were another generation of firefighters who instilled core values in them just as they will pass them down to the future generations just as it has gone on from the very beginning. It is just one of those jobs where you need to be a genuine good person and have pride in the work you do, have integrity and a good work ethic along with many other things and if you don't have that you wont last. So the Fire Service has a good thing going as long is it keeps its traditions and pride in its members who have character and are genuinely good people who are continuously learning and improving I wouldn't change a thing.
Want to be notified by voicemail or text message emergency alerts like a boil water being lifted or put into place? The CVRD is implementing a new emergency notifications service to keep residents and businesses informed in a timely manner.
The service will issue prompt emergency notifications by landline or mobile device through a text or voice message. Initially, the notifications will focus on boil water notices but will later be expanded to include other types of emergency messages.
Head over to the CVRD website (http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/EN/main/departments/emergency-services/get-notified-emergency-notification-system.html) or call 250-334-6057 to register!
From Environment Canada
Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected. A Pacific storm will reach the South Coast tonight. This storm will bring significant snowfall amounts to the above regions as cold arctic air is entrenched over the region. The snow will begin over Vancouver Island late this evening and further east overnight and continue into Friday. The snow is expected to become mixed with rain Friday afternoon or evening over low lying coastal communities. For communities at higher elevations or inland, precipitation will remain in the form of snow through Friday night. Total snowfall accumulations of 5 to 15 cm are expected over low lying coastal regions by Saturday morning with up to 25 cm over higher terrain. Strong easterly winds combined with the snow will cause reduced visibilities in blowing snow, especially in the Fraser Valley. More precipitation is on the way Saturday but will likely fall as rain for low lying region. Flurries are possible on Sunday across the region.