The Auxiliary was formed in 2009 and holds regular training sessions under the direction of a senior Fire Department Officer. Their primary task is to support the front-line firefighters by shuttling water from various sources around Denman Island to the scene of structure fires and wildfires. Additional duties include assisting, a needed, with rescue operations and searches.
The Auxiliary is responsible for the operation of three tankers and a support vehicle:
- Tanker 51, our oldest unit, a converted pumper, holds 1000 gallons
- Tanker 52, our newest diesel unit carries 1800 gallons
- Tanker 54, also a diesel unit, carries another 1800 gallons
- Utility Vehicle 59, an extended cab pick-up, is our Superior Shuttle equipment truck.
Water is the Auxiliary’s priority. Cities have hydrants; rural areas such as Denman Island have water tankers. The Auxiliary, now fourteen volunteer members strong, is working in close cooperation with the front line firefighters to deliver an adequate quantity of water as quickly as possible to a fire scene anywhere on Denman Island.
The Auxiliary meets and practices monthly. Many are joint training sessions with the front line crew. All members of the Auxiliary carry pagers and when on island respond to emergencies 24/7.