Firefighter Volunteers Needed

FirefighterOpen Practice/Training Nights – February 24 and 27, 2020

The Parksville and Qualicum Beach fire departments are now recruiting for 2020 and residents considering applying are welcome to attend a regular practice night in their area. This is an opportunity to see firsthand what is involved in training to be a volunteer on-call firefighter - to observe a practice, ask questions and speak with officers and members.


Phone Scam Story & One Solution

phone scam alert imageI just wanted to let you know that I was almost taken in by a very good scam artist that was portraying their self to be from Best Buy. At 7:20 am on two different days, I received the following robocall: Your account will be debited $399.99 for auto renewal of services for your computer. Press 1, if you wish to auto-renew, or Press 2 to speak to....blah, blah


Be Prepared

shift into winter logoIt’s important to be prepared if you have to drive snowy, winter roads. Along with slowing down, it’s important to have good winter tires and check them regularly as low temperatures can reduce tire pressure. Pack a winter emergency kit in your vehicle in case you get stranded or stuck. Your kit should include:

The Difficulty With Stop Signs

DriveSmartBC LogoOne wouldn't think that stopping at a stop sign would be such a problem for drivers. It seems relatively simple, come to a complete stop, look both ways and then go if it is safe to do so. With the poor compliance rate, we should ask is the stop sign the best form of traffic control for intersections that are not controlled by traffic signals?

Pedestrian Visibility at Night

DriveSmartBC LogoI read an article recently about conspicuity for police officers working on the highway. It suggested that the reflective vests and jackets that we use to stand out and be identified by drivers at night were not very effective. A driver had to approach closely when using low beam headlights to see a reflection, and the reflections that were seen did not immediately suggest that what the driver was looking at was a pedestrian.