Fire Safety

The last few years we have had several fires in the Bay. In all those instances we have been fortunate that our advance planning has enabled us to quickly get on top of each situation and minimize the damage. The information below was prepared for 2019 and in light of COVID19 implications, will need to be modified once we know more about the 2020 season.

Fire Pump owners let me ask you, as I do every spring, to help us prepare for the new season. The owners of fire pumps should run these pumps to ensure they will be ready in the event of an emergency.  The second preparation relates to our organization for fire alerts “FERO” (the Fire Emergency Response Organization). The Team Leaders and Deputy Team Leaders should confirm with the members of their Phone Tree that the phone numbers we have listed for their team members are up-to-date.  If we can’t contact you, your fire pump is of no use to us or your neighbours in the event of a fire.

Cottage owners need to be able to convey critical GPS information in the event of a fire. So note your Island GPS location in a readily available place such as beside your house phone.  The GPS location of a fire start-up is even more helpful if that is possible for you. It is useful to have the two Primary Emergency Fire contacts – Don & Judy Datz at (preferred number) 705 285-4266 or 1-989-284-0291 and John & Lisa Bond at 705 285-4226 on your Cell Phone  contacts List. A third emergency number if necessary is for Bob Gilbert at 705 968-0145.

It was very dry last year and we don’t know what the weatherman will arrange for us this year.  So we need to be prepared.  The GBA has an excellent Fire Prevention list that can be found at:

and information about BICA’s fire pump ownership and storage locations can be found below.

The GBA provides useful things we can do to help prevent fires around our cottages as well as inside them.  It’s worth a look to see what can easily be accomplished to minimize your danger from uncontrolled fires.

Fire Pump Locations

  • Bartlett, Chris & Linda 2792
  • Bjornson, John & Celesta 2567
  • Boatman, Scott 2709
  • Bond, John & Lisa – Hilly Acres
  • Clackett, Gary & Catherine 2263
  • Clement, Cathy 2260
  • Cook/McHarg Laurie & John 2298
  • Cowan, Ted & Jo 2409
  • Crook, Bill & Kate 2792
  • Datz Don & Judy – Bay Villa
  • Dewson/Atkey, Michael & Ann 2308
  • Dobbins, Robert & Jennifer 2276
  • Fournier, Rick & Jane 2782
  • Gilbert, Robert & Jean 2688
  • Hamilton, Derek & Jane 2690
  • Jackson, Andy & Colleen 2762
  • Jankowski, Jeff 2642
  • Jones, Bobette 2346
  • Kiefaber, Tad & Carolyn 2659
  • Lunham, Bob(not in membership book) 2473
  • MacKechnie, Andy
  • Monger, Tom & Joyce 2617
  • Montgomery, Jim & Lynda 2431
  • Moskal, Paul and Sandy 2300
  • Redstone, Chris and Kim 2708 pcl 2
  • Reile, Jim & Emma 2300
  • Richards, Lindsay & Jamie 2261
  • Rockwood, Carolyn (call John Rockwood) 2694
  • Ross, David & Karen 2794
  • Schafer, Mike 2570
  • Sterne, Rick 2502
  • Van Sickel, E. Lincoln & Barbara 2985
  • Walker, Bob & Joyce 2533
  • Whitefish River Birch Island
  • Todd Clement (Tony Wilkins Owner) N. Shore
  • Wilkins/Moskal Marta & John 2809
  • Wilkins/Reeves Kathryn & John 3051
  • Williams, Sheila & Bill 2780
  • Yusko, Todd & Marcella mainland
Map Legend:Fire Pump      Defibrillator      Fire Pump & Defibrillator