A Quesnel firefighter attending a house fire Dec. 9, 2018 on Jay Road in South Quesnel. Garry Horley photo

A Quesnel firefighter attending a house fire Dec. 9, 2018 on Jay Road in South Quesnel. Garry Horley photo

Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department responded to almost 500 fire calls in 2018

In total last year, fire department members volunteered just over 9,000 hours

The Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department has just released call statistics for last year.

In 2018, the department responded to 443 fire calls, including 221 group pages (meaning more members than just the duty officer responded).

Members attended 10 structure fires, 10 vehicle fires, four fires at local mills and six other small fire involving various items such as dumpsters, snowblowers, and lawnmowers, according to Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department chief Sylvain Gauthier.

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According to an email from Gauthier, the total value of property at risk was estimated to be around the $7.3 million dollars, and total loss to fire was estimated at about $1.6 million.

“We also saw five new members joining the volunteer fire department, bringing in our total number to 39 volunteer members. In total [in 2018] the members have volunteered just over 9,000 man hours,” said Gauthier.

Members of the Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the wildfires in the Burns Lake area over the summer of 2018, deploying eight members over a total of 28 days.

“Each members worked an average of 90 hours during their seven-day deployment,” said Gauthier.

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