SERVICES WE OFFER
Apex is dedicated to delivering a high-quality product due to our years of experience and knowledge.
We hire well trained, fit crews who share our hardworking values and work ethic. Our goal is to finish the job to customer satisfaction while holding safety as our number one priority.
We take pride in personally training many of our employees as we are fully qualified to instruct several of the BC Wildfire Service firefighting courses.
Apex has been providing firefighting crews to the BC Wildfire Service since 1994. Our fire crews are available for Wildland Fire Suppression through the months of early May to late September. Apex fire crews mainly travel throughout BC with business locations strategically placed across the province. Other provinces have also requested our fire suppression services.
Apex employs certified, fit crews that are led by experienced supervisors. All employees attend an annual mandatory job orientation & fitness test to ensure they are properly educated in safety, policy, procedures and fit to work.
Our company takes pride in being “Safe Certified” with the BC Forest Safety Council. We provide our employees with a comprehensive Occupational Health & Safety Plan which includes our detailed safety company policies and safe work procedures.
Wildfire Suppression Training
Doug Harrison is the president of Apex Forest & Wildfire Services with over 26 years of practical experience in the forest industry. Doug is also a certified instructor for several BC Wildfire Service firefighting courses and is currently the lead instructor for the BC Forest Safety Council Faller Supervisor course.
- S100 Basic Fire Suppression and Fireline Safety. Included in the S100 are the S130 – Fundamentals of Fire Fighting, S190 – Fireline Safety, S232 Portable Pumps and Water Delivery Systems & WHMIS
- S185 Fire Entrapment Avoidance
- S-230 Crew Boss
- S-235 Burning Off and Backfiring
- S-212 Fire Communications
- S-211 Fire Weather
- S-241 Fire Assessment
- ICS 100 Introduction to Incident Command Systems
- ICS 200 Incident Command Systems
- Safe Chainsaw Operation & Maintenance
- Safe ATV Operation
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Contract and Danger Tree Falling
Apex has provided services for a wide variety of Forestry falling contracts. Logging, danger tree falling, danger tree coordinator, as well as faller supervision.
Apex holds the following contracts with the BC Wildfire Service.
- Danger Tree Faller / Danger tree Assessor
- Danger Tree Specialist
- Danger Tree Co-ordinator
Doug Harrison is currently the lead instructor for the BC Forest Safety Council “Faller Supervisor” course & can act as a Qualified Falling Supervisor for clients that require this service. This meets the Work Safe BC regulation #26.22.1
Danger Tree Assessing
For several years Apex has held a Standing Offer with the BCWS for Danger Tree Assessors and Danger Tree Fallers.
Apex is also required by contract with the BC Wildfire Service to provide 1 certified Wildfire Danger Tree Assessor (DTA) for each 5 person fire crew that we deploy. If you have a valid Wildfire DTA certification you are very valuable to our team and will significantly improve your employment opportunities.
For other Apex forestry related work, we employ DTA’s that are trained with the Danger Tree “Harvesting/Silviculture” & “Parks & Recreation” modules.
Interface Fuel Management
Apex has worked on many different Interface Fuel Management projects through the Province of BC over the last 16 years. Interface Fuel Management projects reduce hazardous forest fuel build-up around communities. This reduces the chances that a fire will burn hot, make its way into the tops of the trees or spread quickly through the treated area.
Apex Forest & Wildfire Services Ltd. supply crews and equipment needed to meet all contractual requirements.
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Pile Burning and Chipping
Slash is the leftover tree limbs, tops and other residue left by logging activities. Slash piles are disposed of by burning or chipping.
Pile burning: Slash is piled together and burned during safe conditions, usually during the winter after it has been left to season (dry). Burning is generally done during very wet periods or with light snow cover in late fall or early spring.
Pile Chipping: Slash is disposed of without risk of fire hazard and/or smoke concerns. The slash is either hand or machine fed depending on location and density.
Apex has been in charge of many Pile Burning and Chipping projects throughout BC. We supply crews and equipment as required for each contract.
Apex has been involved with and in charge of several prescribed burns throughout BC. We supply a large portion of the equipment required along with personnel to execute the job.
Prescribed burning, also known as controlled burning or broadcast burning- is a controlled application of fire under specified weather conditions that helps restore the health of fire-adapted environments. This application of fire safely reduces the excessive amounts of slash – brush, trees and shrubs – as well as encouraging the new growth of vegetation. It also helps to maintain the plant and animal species whose habitats depend on periodic fire. Prescribed burning also help to prevent the outbreak and spread of wildfires and cleans the site for planting new trees.
Fall and Burn
Apex has completed several fall & burn projects. These include:
1. Mountain pine beetle fall & burn
2. Douglas fir bark beetle fall & burn
3. Spruce bark beetle fall & burn
Apex also works in partnership with other companies to perform fall & burn services.
Along with fall & burn, Apex has also completed Douglas fir trap tree falling projects.