Ucluelet Volunteer FireBrigade (UVFB)
The Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade (UVFB) has been providing fire services for the community of Ucluelet for over 60 years. Each year the UVFB responds to an average of 60 callouts for fire and motor vehicle accidents in Ucluelet, Electoral "Area C" of the ACRD, sections of Highway 4, the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and Tofino (when mutual aid assistance is requested). Currently the fire brigade has 17 dedicated volunteers, which consists of a fire chief, deputy fire chief, captain, officer, 2 lieutenants and 14 active members. The UVFB operates from one fire hall located at 1520 Peninsula Road. Brigade members meet every Tuesday evening and on occasion during weekends to practice their specialized skills and work towards their National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) certification. The UVFB's main priority is providing services within the boundaries of the District of Ucluelet.
Since 2010, with the assistance of Port Alberni Fire Department, the fire brigade has been working on Level I and Level II NFPA 1001 training program. The NFPA 1001 program consists of 10 modules and is endorsed by the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Level I is the provincial standard for all paid and volunteer firefighters.
In June 2013, 8 brigade members graduated to the Level II standard. In December 2014, 5 brigade members will graduate to the Level II standard, while 7 members are working towards Level I. Upon completion of all ten modules, fire fighters are issued a Certificate of Achievement with both International Fire Service Accreditation Congress and ProBoard seals. The graduation of these dedicated volunteers is a momentous occasion for the fire brigade, the District, and the community.
CAMPFIRE BAN IN EFFECT IN UCLUELET
Still in effect and until further notice, the District of Ucluelet is continuing with the existing campfire ban in Ucluelet’s municipal boundary. The District fire prevention bylaw authorizes the
management of fire prevention measures within the community.
The District of Ucluelet is prohibiting all campfires due to the dryness of forest fuels. The public's assistance is requested to help prevent the number of human-caused fires and protect public safety.
The District of Ucluelet would also ask that visitors and residents take precautionary steps while smoking, operating motorized vehicles and machinery, using cooking stoves, etc. in Ucluelet’s municipal boundary and surrounding area.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to BC Wildfire - http://www.bcwildfire.ca or stay posted to 'Community Notices' on ucluelet.ca.