WE STILL MAKE HOUSE CALLS!
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department keeps us Informed with regular news and insights into the department and its members. They are busy putting the 'UNITY' back in CommUNITY. This page was established on October 30, 2015.
Fire at Buntzen likely human caused
Volunteer firefighters spend hours extinguishing blaze on Diez Vistas trail To Link to the Tri-city News article Click Here
Claire Heisler (left) and Brielle Reaume (right) received the 2018 SVFA Bursaries at theJuly 25th Practice.
The Secret Life of SVFD 'Pumper No. 1' - 1954 LaFrance - by Mike Sullivan of Brier Washington (10-07-18)
..."The pumper was gifted for $1 to the newly formed Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) serving Anmore and Belcarra BC in May 1977. She served the SVFD for 16 years with the distinction as the first engine for the department “Pumper No. 1”. Time passed and the love and attachment grew in this multi-generational department but insurance rating laws demanded a much younger truck and it became time to say goodbye". To read the complete story of “Pumper No. 1” by Mike Sullivan, MD, FACEP, Click Here
Who is Verna Barrett and Why was She So Important to Anmore and Belcarra? (10-07-18)
Belcarra Mayor Ralph Drew, Fire Chief Jay Sharpe and former Anmore Mayor Hal Weinberg at the SVFD 40th Anniversary
To read about the origins of the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department by Belcarra Mayor Ralph Drew in 'Forest and Fjord: The History of Belcarra Click Here
We Celebrated Good Times - We Came!
Multi-generational McCloskey family commitment to our community and SVFD. Thank you to Mike and James Sullivan
for bringing Pumper No. One from Brier Washington. Thank you to Trevor
Meuckel for the wonderful surprise. Thank you to all of the Sasamat
Volunteer Fire Fighters for organizing a memorable 40th Anniversary
Party. We came and celebrated good times. The Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department 40th Anniversary Celebration was held in Spirit Park on Saturday. July 7th. Over 400 people help our favourite protectors to celebrate good times - we came!
Celebrate Good Times - Come On!
July 2018 Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Newsletter Click Here Celebrating 40 Years of Service to Anmore and Belcarra! July 2018 Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Newsletter. Looking forward to the much-anticipated Fire Dept.vs. Kids’ water fight (we’ve been training hard to get ready), then we are going to move on
to a Kids vs. Firefighter Tug-of-War battle. They will next be invited to participate in our gruelling Firefighter Challenge Relay. Free ice cream follows for all children and there will be face
painting, a giant bouncy castle and an inflatable Twister game.
Schedule of Events at the 40th Anniversary of the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Click Here
SHOUT OUT to the
Friendly Forest Preschool Children. They raised $362.10 for the SVFD
with their freezer jam sale. Thank you everybody! Wonderful job! (19-06-18)
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department June Newsletter Click Here Celebrate Good Times! SVFD 40th Anniversary Celebration Click Here
At the SVFD Saturday May 26 Car Wash Baby!
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department -
A Legacy of Community Service
Future volunteer fire fighters, David Brain (age 3) and Steven Brain (age 2) in 1977 (Photograph courtesy of Dan Brain) David Brain (age 22), Dan Brain and Steven Brain (age 21) in 1996 Click for SVFD history and the role of the amazing Verna Barrett in 'Forest & Fjord': Chapter 13, courtesy of Belcarra Mayor Ralph Drew Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department May 2018 Newsletter Click Here
The weather might have been wet but it didn't put out the 'fire within' the SVFD firefighters who participated in the 40th anniversary International Fire Fit competition held this year in Port Moody. The relay race pitted side-by-side competitors in a multi-faceted challenge against the clock. As in other years, firefighter Dave McClosky led the SVFD pack. We love our brave, energetic, and committed firefighters. You are the very best.
SVFD Firefighters Compete in Fire Fit 2018
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Association Bursary for Anmore graduating high school students Click Here Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Association Bursary Application Click Here
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department -
A Legacy of Community Service
Former Anmore Mayor Pam Blackman, Belcarra Mayor historian Ralph Drew, and Fire Chief Larry Scott Click for SVFD History in 'Forest & Fjord': Chapter 13 and the role of the amazing Verna Barrett, courtesy of Belcarra Mayor Ralph Drew
In 1976 the new Director for GVRD’s Electoral Area ‘B’ (Verna Barrett) realized that the residents of Belcarra and Bedwell Bay needed to incorporate as a municipality if they were ever going to control their own destiny. In order to demonstrate to the residents that they would be stronger as a “united entity”, rather than continuing to the battles with the GVRD on an individual basis, Verna recognized that creation of a fire department would bring needed community cohesion and focus.
Verna researched the legal mechanisms for creation of a fire protection special area, and identified the political hurdles that needed to be overcome. Verna recognized that people would not be interested in paying additional taxes simply to save their house or life, and proceeded to show that reduced fire insurance premiums would off set the tax levy needed to create a volunteer fire department. A committee representing the communities of Anmore, Belcarra, Bedwell Bay and IOCO was established to study the proposal and communicate with the residents. A referendum on creation of the SVFD was held on January 22nd, 1977, which was endorsed by 75% of the electorate. The many challenges involved with starting the SVFD demonstrated the power of volunteerism and collaborative effort which set the stage for the incorporation of the Village of Belcarra in 1979...
Celebrate the SVFD 40th Anniversary Community Celebration in Spirit Park on July 7th!
25-year Service Awards, December 2004 award recipients (left to right):
Dan Brain, Keith Evans, Judy Evans, Bill Fraser, and Larry Scott Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department April 2018 Newsletter Click Here Chief Jay Sharpe gave Anmore Council a large framed photograph of SVFD firefighters at the Anmore Regular Council Meeting on March 6, 2018. Council supported the Chief's request to waive fees for the use of Spirit Park for the SVFD 40th Anniversary Celebrations on July 7, 2018 and made a monetary contribution. Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The SVFD March Newsletter is out. (01-03-18) Click Here
They've Got Our Backs! (25-02-18)
SVFD firefighters are always ready to help their neighbours in need. Through freezing rain, wind, snow and all kinds of perilous weather, the fire trucks will get through. Thank you friends! We really appreciate your selfless giving to our communities of Anmore and Belcarra. You are just 'the very best!'
Stand Up to Bullies! (07-02-18)
SVFD is selling the pink t-shirts for $20. All proceeds will go towards anti-bullying initiatives in BC that directly help youth in need.
February Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Newsletter Click Here
Volunteers can handle school fire protection
Chief defends switch for Eagle Mountain middle, saying Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department has experience, equipment (25-01-18). For Tri-city News link Click Here
The SVFD’s 2017 Year in Review:
In 2017, our 42 volunteer firefighters responded to 100 emergencies in Anmore and Belcarra. These included: 4 structure fires, 34 other fire-related calls, 49 medical emergencies, 5 motor vehicle incidents, and 8 other dispatches.
We were happy to bring a new fire engine into service this past summer, as a scheduled replacement. Our firefighters enjoyed interior fire training in a live burn building. Thanks to the help of residents, we also reached the $153,500 mark in community donations for our SCBA fundraising campaign. Our first new air packs made a big difference for us on several calls this past year. Only $16,500 left to go before we can complete our upgrade. Thanks for the incredible support!
On call 24/7, our crews collectively dedicated 5000+ hours training and responding to emergencies in their home communities. Thanks goes out to each and every one of our firefighters. Proud to be part of this team!
Time for SVFD families to celebrate with Santa (10.12.17)
As always, no sleigh. What else? He comes by fire truck! Ho! Ho! Ho!Thanks to the Mueckel family for organizing! (Photo credit SVFD) Live fire training and more. Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department December Newsletter Click Here Letter to the Community from Chief Jay Sharpe (01-01-17) Click Here
Thank You to the Backbone of Our Communities!
The 'ever ready' members of the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department are always there for us. Thank you to the SVFD honour guard and all of the respectful participants at the beautiful Belcarra Remembrance Day ceremony organized by the Port Moody Power Squadron. Canadians will never forget the sacrifices made by our veterans to protect the freedom of our great land.
SVFD November Newsletter
SVFD October News Letter
"Anmore and Belcarra’s fire service now has 45 members, two halls, five fire trucks and an ATV – making us one of the larger volunteer fire departments in the province. For almost 40 years, through thousands of emergencies, the SVFD has been the backbone of emergency response for the two Villages. Our firefighters live in the communities they serve, their children go to schools here - that small-town neighbour helping neighbour dynamic is something pretty special." To link to the SVFD October Newsletter Click Here
Heat, Smog, Smoke, and Heavy Turnout Gear - SVFD Firefighters Battle a House Fire in Belcarra on Wednesday Night (02-08-17)
This evening's structure fire in Belcarra has been contained to the building of origin. There is currently no threat to the surrounding area. The crews were on scene through out the night. Structure fires in these weather conditions are a fire department's worst nightmare. Our fire fighters did an outstanding of preventing fire spread to adjacent buildings and the forest. They will all be exhausted and late for work tomorrow. (Source SVFD website)
NO FIRES! SVFD Issues a $500 fine to a Fern Drive resident for an illegal bonfire on the weekend! (16-07-17)
Fire ban sparks more vigilance by local departments (Mario Bartel / Tri City News) July 16, 2017 Click Here
NOTICE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF: FIRE BAN IN EFFECT NOON, JULY 6, 2017
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department July Newsletter Click Here
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Recruits for Fifteen Years from Now (21-07-17)
New Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Pumper Truck to Be Unveiled at Belcarra Day Sunday, June 25, 2017
Spartan Metro Star X, 1500 Gallons Per Minute pump, 380 H...P Engine upgrade.
Thanks to Captain Richardson, the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department has the decals on their new Engine 1 and it's ready to be unveiled at Belcarra Day. "This beaut will keep Anmore and Belcarra's insurance rating for the next 20 years. 100% financed from our reserves. Looking good!" (Courtesy SVFD Facebook) Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department June Newsletter Click Here Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department SCBA Fundraiser - $93,619 raised - $76,381 to go Click Here
At the SVFD Car Wash, Baby!
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department May Newsletter Click Here The Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Have Some Key Things to Share Click Here
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Incident Report
Structure Fire Turtlehead Road, Belcarra (19-04-17) Click Here
They've Got Our Backs!
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department fought a blaze in two adjacent houses
on Turtle Head Road in Belcarra on Sunday, April 9, 2017. One home was
unoccupied. The residents of the other were not home. Both homes were
destroyed by the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown. 35 firefighters
joined the SVFD team throughout the day! This is one time when we can
be grateful for all of the rain in the nearby forest. Thank you SVFD! Click Here Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department April Newsletter Click Here March 2017 Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Newsletter Click Here Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department February Newsletter Click Here First Responder Training The SVFD responded to a mobile home structure fire in Countryside Village in the afternoon on Tuesday January 24, 2017. Nobody was injured and fire extinguished. The SVFD firefighters had our backs once again! Thank you!
Friendly Forest Pre-School Children Tour the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Station in Anmore on Wednesday, January 18th.
Friendly Forest Pre-school Teacher Wins the Turnout Gear Race by a backward hat. To view the video from the Pre-school tour of SVFD Anmore station on Wednesday, January 18th Click Here
Ice water rescue practice at Sasamat (12-01-17)
SVFD Wednesday practice included wading into ice-coated Sasamat Lake. The SVFD firefighters really love us.
Where Would We Be Without OUR SVFD Firefighters? (10-01-17)
On Sunday, January 8, 2017, SVFD Firefighters Collected Community Trees for Chipping in Order to Raise Funds for 'Protecting Our Village.' Thank you to everyone who contributed. On Friday, December 16th the SVFD picked up 400 pounds of food from families at Anmore Elementary and delivered it to Share Family and Community Services. Thanks everyone for donating! Thanks to the SVFD fire fighters for delivering the food to SHARE.
Thank You Judy Evans! (15-12-16)
After 33 years of exemplary service to Anmore and Belcarra, Sasamat Volunteer Fire Fighter Judy Evans is hanging up her turn-out gear and retiring SVFD badge number 26 from active service. Recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal, Ms Evans was always on call both for emergencies and community events. Thank you a million times over, Judy. To read more about her service, please check out the SVFD December Newsletter.
Santa visits Anmore Fire Hall Again this Year (Photo SVFD)
SVFD SCBA Fundraising Update (01-12-16) Click Here December 2016 Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Newsletter Click Here The Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Honours Long-time Firefighter Judy Evans! Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department November Newsletter (31-10-16) Click Here
Thank you Mario! You are just the Finest!
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department November Firefighter - Mario Piamonte (31-10-16) Click Here The Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Musters an Honour Guard for Remembrance Day Ceremonies 2016 in Belcarra. To link to the poster for the Remembrance Day Ceremonies (30-10-16) Click Here
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department October Newsletter Click Here
SVFD October Firefighter Profile Ken Honigman Click Here Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department September Newsletter Sasamat Volunteer Firefighters of the Month - The Albaneses Our Firefighters SCBA's Allow Firefighters to breathe in hazardous environments. Our target is $170,000. So far $60,061 has been donated. (31-08-16) Please give if you can. Click Here
FIRE BAN IN EFFECT AT MID-NIGHT TONIGHT (16-08-16)
"Starting tonight August 16th at midnight a full burning ban will be in effect for the entire Sasamat Fire Protection Area. This includes all permitted camp fires, wood fired outdoor appliances and charcoal BBQs. The only thing allowed will be the use of propane or natural gas appliances." To read notice Click Here
Jay Sharpe, Fire Chief, L.A.F.C.
Sasamat Fire Department
Please Help Our SVFD Firefighters Help Us! (09-08-16)
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department July Newsletter
To read about the communities receiving a new fire engine by year-end, how to get this unique t-shirt, and a number of other things Click Here Update on SVFD Fundraising Activities. Thank you one and all. Click Here
Please Accept Our Forever Thanks Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department
First Annual Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Barbeque
June 4, 2016
Approximately 80 SVFD current and past firefighters and their spouses gathered on Saturday June 4th at the Anmore fire station. Sponsored by the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Association, it was an excellent way to honour past firefighters, share with current firefighters, and anticipate a future of dedication to Anmore and Belcarra. Thank you everyone.
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department June Newsletter
SVFD will respond to all reports of fire. Our members, like Greg
Winterbottom (above) may be unpaid, but will do everything they can to protect
their communities from wildfire. Trained to the provincial standard
(Wildland Firefighter Level 1), he and the rest of our 42 volunteers are
dedicated to the communities’ well-being." (Jay Sharpe (Fire Chief), Dave Gregory (Dist. Chief Anmore), Jol Drake (Dist. Chief Belcarra) June SVFD Fire Fighter Profile Greg Winterbottom Click Here The Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department SCBA Fundraiser Update June 2016. Target $170,000. In the first six months, you’ve helped raise $55,119. Thank You! The SVFD has secured 6 new breathing apparatuses for the volunteers so far. Click Here
Friendly Forest Pre-Schoolers Visit the Anmore Fire Station (20-05-16)
Early on Thursday May 20, 2016, fourteen 3 and 4 year-olds from Friendly Forest Pre-School visited the Anmore Fire Station. The young folks were thrilled to sit in the truck, watch their teacher and firefighter Melissa Cooke race to dress in total turn-out gear, wonder at a Darth Vader-like firefighter wearing a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, and have snacks while watching a video on calling 9-1-1. Thank you very much SVFD firefighters! You do so very much for our community. The SVFD was dispatched to a broken natural gas line on Tuesday, May 10 in the morning on Uplands Drive in Anmore. Thanks goes out to local residents for their patience - the road needed to be closed to prevent accidental ignition. "Call Before You Dig." Anmore is a member of BC One CallClick Here.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Our Sasamat Volunteer Firefighters are Priceless! (08-05-16)
2016 Sasamat Volunteer Firefighters Association Annual Car Wash at the Fire Station in Anmore May 7, 2016 was a great success: Supporting the Class of 2016 with the annual bursary. Thank you to all of the contributors. One person even donated a $500 cheque. THANK YOU ALL!
Workin' at the Car Wash Oooooo! Sasamat Fire Station at 2690 East Road, Anmore
May 7, 2016 at 10:00 (weather permitting)
2016 Sasamat Volunteer Firefighters Association Annual Car Wash : Supporting the Class of 2016 with the annual bursary Click Here.
Thank You! $53,753 raised! $116,247 to go.
The Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Fundraiser Update May 2016 Click Here
Firefighter of the Month - Doug Bakker
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department May Newsletter Click Here
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS
MAY 7 at 10:00 (Weather Permitting)
2016 Sasamat Volunteer Firefighters Association Annual Car Wash : Supporting our Class of 2016 Click Here The Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department April News Letter Click Here
April SVFD Firefighter Profile
Once Again SVFD 'Has Our Backs'! (21-03-16)
On Sunday, March 20, 2016, the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department was called to a Hydro Pole on fire on Uplands Drive. They had to shut the road down due to the concern that the top of the pole could have broken off because of its weakened state. If it had broken there would have been charged power lines completely covering the road. If they ever need to block off a road it is because of serious safety concerns. The SVFD thanks local residents for being so understanding! We thank them for 'watching our backs' 24-7. Another big thank you SVFD.
2015 SVFD CALL-OUT
The SVFD call-outs during 2015 were typical in distribution,
but significantly increased over the average of 75 call-outs per year
over the past five years:
- Total Call-Outs amounted to 112 during 2015,
distributed as follows:
- Anmore Village71 (63%)
- Belcarra Village 25 (23%)
- Park, Lakes, Road 16 (14%)
- Miscellaneous 11 (10%)
- Fire Calls (FIRE) accounted for
47 call-outs (42%):
- Anmore Village29 (26%)
- Belcarra Village12 (11%)
- Park, Lakes, Road 6 ( 5%)
- Medical Emergencies (MESA)
accounted for 50 call-outs (45%):
- Anmore Village30 (27%)
- Belcarra Village 10 ( 9%)
- Park, Lakes, Road10 ( 9%)
- Motor Vehicle Incidents (MVI)
accounted for 4 call-outs (4%):
- Anmore Village 3 ( 3%)
- Belcarra Village 1 ( 1%)
- Park, Lakes, Road 0 ( 0%)
March Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Newsletter Click Here Firefighter of the Month is Fundraiser Extraordinaire Neil Belenkie
In 2015, the SVFD responded to 112 fire, medical and motor vehicle emergencies in Anmore and Belcarra. Thanks goes out to all of our members who trained and volunteered their time to respond to each of these incidents in the two Villages. It was our busiest year ever.
Today, our crews responded to the first two emergencies of 2016: a motor vehicle accident on Sunnyside and a medical emergency in Anmore.
Thanks to longtime Anmore residents Bill Fraser and his family for donating towards our SCBA fundraising drive.
One of the SVFD's founding members in 1978, Bill and his wife have spent 37 years supporting the SVFD as its grown alongside the two communities. After decades of service as a firefighter, Bill retired as an honourary "Life Member." It is always great when he stops by to chat and everybody enjoys hearing Bill share a story or two. One of the greatest. Thank you, Frasers! Not only for this donation, but also for everything else you've offered the SVFD over the years. We wouldn't be here without you.
SVFD Says Thank you for Your Help! (15-12-15)
The Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank Bill Fraser and Dick and Joan Cresswell for their recent donations supporting the purchase of our updated breathing apparatuses. We have now raised almost $10,000 towards the $170,000 necessary to update our Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBAs). For more information about how you can support your volunteer fire department, please contact [email protected] or visit www.SVFD.ca
Anmore Fire Hall is decked out for the holidays with Christmas lights (13-12-15)
Thanks to the work of Devon Bullock from Silent Lights, Anmore Fire Hall is decked out for the holidays with Christmas lights. Devon donated his time to setup Anmore's beautiful Spirit Park with thousands of lights this year. Afterwards, he came by to put some up at our fire hall with the help of some of our members.
All of the lights were purchased through donations and funding supplied through the Village of Anmore. Thanks Devon. And thank you, Anmore Village Hall! All of us appreciate it.
The SVFD held its Kids' Christmas Party on Sunday December 13th. The kids were extremely happy to see Santa Claus and get an early gift or two. Thanks to Thrifty Foods for a $150 food donation to the party and to all of the work put in by our Firefighter Association, the Mueckel family, and of course, Santa himself. It was a great afternoon!
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department December Newsletter
To link to the December 2015 Newsletter and a profile of SVFD firefighter Dave Anderson (Chaplain) Click Here
The Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank Owner Paul Droulis and his Canadian Tire Coquitlam family for their generous donation! (20-11-15) Click Here
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department November Newsletter
To link to the November 2015 Newsletter and a profile of SVFD firefighter Dano Gorsic (SVFD Equipment Officer) Click Here