Fire Protection/Suppression - Structural and Interface Wildland
Fire protection refers to measures taken to prevent fire from becoming destructive, reduce the impact of uncontrolled fire and save lives and property. It involves the implementation of safety planning practices and drills, and includes education on fire, research, investigation, safety planning, building construction, safe operations, training and testing of mitigating systems.
Mayne Island Fire Rescue responds to a number of fire calls every year. These calls may be for a variety of differing types of fire, ranging from rare structure and vehicle fires to small brush/grass fires to hydro fires and a variety of more uncommon types of fires.To achieve efficient, safe, and effective fire response, our firefighters are well trained to the NFPA 1001 standard and are provided with well maintained and modern firefighting gear and equipment. The number of firefighters ready to respond to emergencies is high and there is always an on-duty staff member availble by pager 24/7.
Emergency Medical Aid - 1st Response
A first responder is an employee of an emergency service who is likely to be among the first people to arrive at and assist at the scene of an emergency, such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack. First responders typically include police, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians.
A Certified first responder is one who has received certification to provide pre-hospital care in a certain jurisdiction. On Mayne, the fire department first responders are dispatched to attend medical emergencies and provide intervention until an ambulance arrives. First responders must be trained to deal with a wide array of potential medical emergencies. Because of the high level of stress and uncertainty associated with the position, first responders must maintain physical and mental health. Even with such preparation, first responders face unique risks of being the first people to aid those with unknown contagions.
Technical High Angle Rope Rescue (THARR)
High angle rescue is considered to be terrain that has a slope angle of 50 degrees and higher. Rescuers are totally dependent upon the ropes used to keep them and the subjects from falling and to gain access to and egress from the rescue location.
MIFR has fully equipped and trained responders to perform a rescue of persons who find themselves in the unforunate position of needing a rope rescue.
Auto Extrication & Rescue (MVI)
Vehicle extrication is the process of removing a vehicle from around a person who has been involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Extrication, as defined by NFPA must be done by medically certified individuals, and as such, includes patient assessment, treatment and removal of the patient from vehicle. Extrication units are supposed to not only have many different kinds of extrication tools, but medical equipment, oxygen, and backboards as well. Extrication is the entire process from fire protection, power unit disengagement, vehicle security, patient security and treatment, removal of vehicle from patient, removal of patient, and transfer to ambulance. Extrication is not just simply popping a door off.
Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)
Hazardous materials (hazmat) workers identify, neutralize and clean up materials that are flammable, corrosive, reactive, or toxic. A hazardous material is any item or agent (biological, chemical, physical) which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors.
Emergency and disaster response workers clean up hazardous materials in response to natural or man-made disasters and accidents, such as those involving trains, trucks, or other vehicles transporting hazardous materials. Timely and thorough cleanups help to control and prevent more damage to accident or disaster sites.