No Burning or Campfires
April 15 - October 15
Island Fire Equipment Group
Emergency Fire Plan – Keats Cottagers
Revised April 10, 2000
To alert cottagers and get help.
To get the Electric and the Wajax Fire pump started.
Bring manpower, hose, nozzles and equipment to the affected
Respond to the "firehouse" (across from caretakers) and
turn on the Siren.
If you cannot respond to the fire house!
For those cottages that are not serviced by the water
system you can call the numbers below to get assistance. It is hoped
that the Wajax fire pump, hose, equipment and manpower can be
transported to the fire site by boat or golf cart.
- Call a phone number on the "Instruction sheet".
- Give the exact location of the fire. (Owners name or if
bush fire the common name of the area)
- Remember in the "off season" many of the persons on the
list will not be at their cottage.
We have installed a new electric fire pump in the fire shed.
This pump will use fresh water from the tanks and charge the fire lines
(red valves). This pump will be used as an initial response and the
salt water pump may be used as a backup or an additional water supply.
Remember that when using the electric pump, water will be
continuously running from the pressure relief valve at the camp.
Therefore if you are not using the hoses, the pump should be shut off.
This new pump will provide you with pressure for two good hose lines
and an almost instant water supply.
There is no need to touch valves in the
The persons responding to the Fire Shed Shall:
- Turn on the siren:
- Press the green button to start the fire
pump. Red button to stop.
- Ensure all valves at the storage tanks
open. (if required) Key for tanks is behind a glass box in the fire
- Advise persons responding, the location
- Send appropriate equipment to the fire
- Call for additional help. (Forest Fire
- Salt water hose connections (Red)
provide water only when the pump is started. (with the new fire pump
this will be almost immediate).
- Fresh water hose connections provide
immediate water. (White)
- Check and know which hose connections
would be used for your cottage.
INSTRUCTIONS IN EVENT OF FIRE
At your cottage:
At your neighbors cottage:
- Evacuate the cottage. (close doors and windows if
- Turn on the siren at the fire shed or call for
assistance (list below). (For safety call from a neighbors telephone)
- At your discretion, attempt to control
the fire using a fire extinguisher, garden hose, buckets etc.
- If required, use the nearest hose
connection (fresh or saltwater supply)
- Turn on the siren at the fire shed or
call for assistance (list below).
- Proceed to a fire shed for equipment,
hose, nozzles and "Y"s.
- Wear protective clothing and take
equipment with you.
- Proceed to the fire area.
- Connect lines to the hose connections.
- Unroll hose away from the fire area
approach the fire.
- Make sure there are no kinks in the
- Protect neighboring cottages and
forest. If needed contact the "Forest Fire Service 1-800-663-5555"
|Caretaker Mike Scott
pager #: emergency only
Forest Fire Service 1-800-663-5555
Poison Control 1-800-567-8911
Marine Distress 1-800-567-5111
If you are close enough to a freshwater hose bib you can
use it first as the water will be there immediately. After the electric
pump is started, the saltwater system can be used.
"Fresh Water" White hose connections. "Salt Water" Red
Tips and Ideas
20. INSTALL SMOKE DETECTORS AND REPLACE THE BATTERIES
- Know how to summon help?
- Know how to start the fire pump at the Fire Shed?
- Know how to turn on the siren in the Fire Shed?
- You can use a freshwater connection, if close enough,
the fire pump starts?
- Be familiar with the fire hose connections (fresh water
& salt water) which you could use for your cottage and how many
lengths of hose you will require.
- There is hose, nozzles and equipment in the Fire Shed next
to Dixons path and in the Fire Shed across from Caretakers house?
- Portable fire extinguisher: a 10 -15 lb ABC dry chemical
fire extinguisher is excellent for first aid fire fighting. (small fire)
- Learn how to use the fire extinguisher.
- Garden hose with nozzle hooked up can be helpful.
- Barrel of water with a pail attached can be helpful.
- Know how to roll out the hose so that it is useable?
- When responding to a fire wear protective clothing such as
long pants, gloves etc.
- There are firefighter coats in the Fire Shed across from
- When responding to a fire situation remember to
conserve your energy so that when you get to the fire you will be able
to help fight the fire.
- Know your limits and respond accordingly. Take rests
when you need to.
- Report to a fire with useful tools such as, shovel, axe,
- Bring drinking water.
- Cellular telephones can be of assistance.
- The wajax pump is on the camp floats during the summer.
This pump will be used as a backup to the electric pump. It can also be
used as a portable pump and transported in a whaler to different areas
of the island.
We have a limited water supply and because of the
difficulty of locating leaks and breaks in the line you should always
shut the water off to your cottage when you leave. If you have breaks
or leaks in your water line they must be repaired immediately and
properly. If you notice wet spots near the water line it may be a leak
and please report to Mike Scott at the Camp, Brad Lund or Larry Barker.
From time to time the water committee will be searching for leaks. If
you are away and your water is not already shut off, it will be shut
off. A toilet running can drain our water supply in 24hrs. Conserve our
water supply, every cottage depends on it.
If you require further information on how the fire system
works contact Larry Barker at 886-2436
DON’T GET CAUGHT
Remember when fighting a fire in and around the forest that:
CHECK YOUR FIRE EXTINGUISHER
- In the summer time the woods are very dry.
- The prevailing wind can spread the fire very rapidly.
- Be aware of your location during fire fighting operations
and make sure you always have a means of escape.
HOW TO USE YOUR FIRE EXTINGUISHER
- Ensure that the extinguisher is in its designated place.
- Read the instructions and know how to use it.
- Check to determine that the seals and tamper indicators
not broken or missing.
- Check the gauge to ensure that the pressure is in the
- Check the nozzle to ensure that it is not clogged..
- Turn the extinguisher upside down. This helps to ensure
extinguishing product is free and not caked or compacted.
- The fire code requires annual maintenance on fire
- Every 6 years "BC" and "ABC" dry chemical fire
extinguishers are required to be emptied and subjected to the
applicable maintenance procedures.
- Every 12 years "BC" and "ABC" require a hydrostatic test.
P Pull the Pin.
A Aim the fire extinguisher at the base of
S Squeeze the handle fully.
S Sweep from side to side.
Your fire extinguisher (10lb ABC) has a range of about 10 -
15 feet and discharge time of about 15 - 20 seconds.
Wajax Fire Pump Operating Instructions
- Remove Bonnet over pump. (Keats Camp Float) Off
season it will be kept in the fire shed.
- Connect Fuel Supply line to engine. (Lay tank flat)
- Open fuel tank air vent line.
- Prime pump by lifting and lowering the hose until
you see water come out of the hose outlet.
- Tighten priming cap.
- Connect "discharge hose" to connection at top of
ramp. (Ensure no kinks, hose may be with the pump or drying on the
upper walk way).
- Open valve at the top of ramp. (Should be left open)
- Close Choke (only if engine is cold) It should be
left with choke closed.
- Move throttle to "Start" position. (It should be
left on the start position)
- Give starter rope a quick steady pull.
- Open choke slowly as engine warms up.
- Set Throttle to run. (after a one minute warm up)
Fuel mixture is 16 to 1.
- Warm engine before using full throttle.
- Do not run pump dry.
- Flush and drain pump with fresh water after use.
- Should engine stop, find cause before restarting.
- Push in reset.
If using 50 to 1 - add l litre to 5 gal.
Response to the Fire Shed.
- Do not have both pumps running at the same time.
(wajax and electric)
- Water pressure should be 40-50psi on the gauge.
- To start the Pump - press Green Button. (Do not
touch any valves)
- To stop pump - press the Red Button
- Try to establish a form of communication with the
fire scene. It is important to have communication from the fire shed to
the fire location either by a runner, portable radios (camp) or
- Send appropriate equipment to the fire scene.
- When you have time; have someone open valves on the
water storage tanks (key for lock on fence is in the glass box on the
wall. Break glass to access the key.
- When manpower is available, send two persons to the
camp floats to start the wajax fire pump (directions for starting are
on the wall)
- Do not have both pumps running at the same time.
Shut down the electric pump when the wajax is in the warm-up stage.
- One or two persons should stay at the fire shed to
monitor the pump and send people to the fire area. The second person
can be used as a runner.
- If needed contact the "Forest Fire Service