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Keats 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 area.

Respond to the "firehouse" (across from caretakers) and turn on the Siren. 

If you cannot respond to the fire house!

  1. Call a phone number on the "Instruction sheet". 
  2. Give the exact location of the fire. (Owners name or if bush fire the common name of the area)
  3. Remember in the "off season" many of the persons on the list will not be at their cottage.
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.

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 fire shed.

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 are open. (if required) Key for tanks is behind a glass box in the fire shed.
  • Advise persons responding, the location of the fire.
  • Send appropriate equipment to the fire scene.
  • Call for additional help. (Forest Fire Service 1-800-663-5555)
  • 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.


At your cottage:

  1. Evacuate the cottage. (close doors and windows if possible)
  2. Turn on the siren at the fire shed or call for assistance (list below). (For safety call from a neighbors telephone)
  3. At your discretion, attempt to control the fire using a fire extinguisher, garden hose, buckets etc.
  4. If required, use the nearest hose connection (fresh or saltwater supply)
At your neighbors cottage:
  1. Turn on the siren at the fire shed or call for assistance (list below). 
  2. Proceed to a fire shed for equipment, hose, nozzles and "Y"s.
  3. Wear protective clothing and take equipment with you.
  4. Proceed to the fire area.
  5. Connect lines to the hose connections.
  6. Unroll hose away from the fire area and approach the fire.
  7. Make sure there are no kinks in the line.
  8. Protect neighboring cottages and forest. If needed contact the "Forest Fire Service 1-800-663-5555"

Caretaker Mike Scott

pager #: emergency only



Ted Protheroe 886-2036
Keats Camps 886-7612 Ray Bremner 886-9616
Larry Barker 886-2436 Al McIlwain 886-9532
Gary Smith 886-3691    

Forest Fire Service 1-800-663-5555

Police 911

Ambulance 911

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 hose connections.

Tips and Ideas

  1. Know how to summon help?
  2. Know how to start the fire pump at the Fire Shed?
  3. Know how to turn on the siren in the Fire Shed?
  4. You can use a freshwater connection, if close enough, until the fire pump starts? 
  5. 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.
  6. There is hose, nozzles and equipment in the Fire Shed next to Dixons path and in the Fire Shed across from Caretakers house?
  7. Portable fire extinguisher: a 10 -15 lb ABC dry chemical fire extinguisher is excellent for first aid fire fighting. (small fire)
  8. Learn how to use the fire extinguisher.
  9. Garden hose with nozzle hooked up can be helpful.
  10. Barrel of water with a pail attached can be helpful.
  11. Know how to roll out the hose so that it is useable?
  12. When responding to a fire wear protective clothing such as long pants, gloves etc.
  13. There are firefighter coats in the Fire Shed across from caretakers cottage.
  14. 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. 
  15. Know your limits and respond accordingly. Take rests when you need to.
  16. Report to a fire with useful tools such as, shovel, axe, bucket, chainsaw.
  17. Bring drinking water.
  18. Cellular telephones can be of assistance.
  19. 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.

Water Supply

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


Remember when fighting a fire in and around the forest that:

  • 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.
  • 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 are not broken or missing.
  • Check the gauge to ensure that the pressure is in the operable range.
  • Check the nozzle to ensure that it is not clogged..
  • Turn the extinguisher upside down. This helps to ensure the extinguishing product is free and not caked or compacted.
  • The fire code requires annual maintenance on fire extinguishers.
  • 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 the fire.

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

  1. Remove Bonnet over pump. (Keats Camp Float) Off season it will be kept in the fire shed.
  2. Connect Fuel Supply line to engine. (Lay tank flat)
  3. Open fuel tank air vent line.
  4. Prime pump by lifting and lowering the hose until you see water come out of the hose outlet.
  5. Tighten priming cap.
  6. 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). 
  7. Open valve at the top of ramp. (Should be left open)
  8. Close Choke (only if engine is cold) It should be left with choke closed.
  9. Move throttle to "Start" position. (It should be left on the start position)
  10. Give starter rope a quick steady pull.
  11. Open choke slowly as engine warms up.
  12. Set Throttle to run. (after a one minute warm up)



  • 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.
Fuel mixture is 16 to 1.

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 cellular telephone.
  • 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 1-800-663-5555"