Fire Department’s April 1 joke carries serious message

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder Staff

Tuesday, April 5 2016

While there were plenty of April 1st jokes played, a post on the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department’s web site caught the eye of a few Gabriolans.

“Effective immediately, the Regional District of Nanaimo will be levying a fine of $1000 against the title of any property that doesn’t have an adequate address sign displayed next to the property’s primary access point. ‘Adequate’ means visible day or night by a vehicle approaching from either direction.

“Emergency responders have long spoken of the frustration of trying to find the location of situations they have been paged to attend to, often dangerously delaying help to those in need. Repeated requests in the media appear to have fallen on deaf ears, so this drastic measure has been invoked to ensure compliance.

“We would like to thank RDN Area B director Howard Houle for his diligence in this matter and for ensuring that enforcement would begin by today.”

As noted above, the post was an April Fool’s Day joke, but couched around an issue Fire Chief Rick Jackson continues to bring to the public’s attention in any way he can.

Jackson acknowledged the joke, but said, “we continue to try and get everyone on board with adequate address signs, but it doesn’t seem people take it seriously.

“While the $1,000 fine was  a joke we had hoped might jolt some people into action - the message itself was completely serious.”

Those wishing to improve their address signs are invited to contact the GVFD at 250-247-9677. The department has suggested guidelines for signs, as well as a Gabriola supplier who makes reflective number signs.