Mudge Island, in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia has 60 or so year-round residents and a summer population of about 200. It has no recognized, legally authorized fire protection, but it does have a couple fire trucks.
The video above shows a live burn training exercise, apparently familiarizing the citizens with the equipment. It is worth watching all three parts. Their goal is to keep fires from spreading. There is little you would recognize as standard PPE being used.
Here are excerpts from a website by the Mudge Island Citizens Society:
As a community we will attempt to keep fires from spreading and causing more damage. Our society does our best to maintain the trucks that haul and pump the small amounts of water they contain: but has no authority, jurisdiction, formal training, real knowledge, and perhaps most importantly NO LIABILITY INSURANCE concerning fire fighting or fire protection. In other words those covering your personal house insurance can refuse to pay claims for the above reasons and in all likelihood sue all and any inexperienced people for trying to save a structure.
I feel it is necessary to drive it home that we are not a fire department; fire hall; volunteer fire fighters; or fire fighters of any kind. We, along with you, are good neighbours doing what we can to keep fire damage as minimal as possible as we can on the island.
Below is a video from last September showing residents how to operate Mudge Island’s “new” fire truck.
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