Gossip Island Fire Truck Fund
Our goal is to raise enough money for the fire truck (similar to the one in the image). The fire truck pictured is a 1000 gallon capacity pumper truck. The money raised would also be used to provide housing for the truck, delivery of the truck to the island, and for fire exinguishers and other fire safety items.
There have been 2 major fires on the island to date, one occuring in the 1970's and one in the 1990's. A large barn and a residents home were lost. We recently had a scare in August 2015 when our lawnmower was running fine one moment and was in flames the next on the trail to the community dock. All we had to extinguish it was dirt thrown on by hand and our personal fire extinguisher, which we had to run back to the house to grab.
Our main concern is the safety of the residents on the island and their homes. Please share this page with friends/family. Thanks all!
On the second barge attempt, we made it. Too rough on Saturday, but Sunday was sunny and calm. The new winch that was temporarily set up on the back performed well and we inched the beast up the beach and made the whole thing look easy. We then managed to scrape through the paths and make it to our backyard.
We had a good day of training on the Friday afternoon prior to our barge trip with some words ( 3 hours’ worth ) of wisdom from Chris Terpenning the Training Captain for the Galiano Fire Department. I was very impressed with their professionalism, backed by a lot of great equipment. I am looking in to having Chris come to Gossip in the future for a more in depth lesson on fire science and techniques used in various conditions. Dave Gerlach of the Fire Department was mentioned as a possible maintenance contact. Ken Steen, also on the Fire Department ( retired from the Vancouver Fire Department) was their giving us encouragement and going over the truck. Very good group and we are lucky to have them nearby.
So to get things rolling, I would like to invite all islanders ( and friends ) to a meeting on Saturday, July 2nd at 3:00PM to start getting familiar with the truck. Please pass this along to others. I will go over the basics that I have learned so far on the running of the truck, the pump system and fire hose selection, future projects for water supply, path improvement, storage, and further training.
I look forward to seeing everyone. ( same place as where the derby is held, next to the big red truck, you can’t miss it)
In order to help efforts Natasha Radford has created a T-Shirt campaign. Proceeds go to the Gossip Island Fire Truck Fund. Purchase a shirt and your money will go towards the cost of the fire truck, registration, fire truck transport to the island, equipment needed for the truck, fire truck housing, and other fire related safety items for Gossip Island. Plus you get a cool new Shirt that makes you an official member of the Gossip Island Volunteer Fire Department!
Also when you buy in April receive 10% off of your purchase using this link:
We offer styles for Men, Ladies, Kids and even babies! Your whole entire family can help prevent fires on Gossip Island!
And don't worry, if you don't want a T-Shirt, we are also selling a sticker! You can find it under the "Volunteer in Training" campaign!
All of our beautiful handcrafted picnic tables are gone! Thank you all so much for the contribution to making our island better.
#1. Phillips family
#2. Proust family
#3. Jordan Knox family
#4. Power family
#5. Krause family
#6. Fox family
#7. MossLam family
#8. Reid family
For a donation incentive, I have 8 beautiful 100% cedar picnic tables that were built for my daughter’s wedding that I would like to donate to the effort in getting a fire truck.
The first eight people who donate a total of $500 will receive one of these beautiful handcrafted picnic tables! They are each one of a kind and built with love.