Fire service needs costs rising

As the Central Okangan Regional District prepares their 2011 budget, regional rescue and fire services are hoping for replacement boats and trucks to fulfill increasing demand.

  • Feb. 11, 2011 6:00 p.m.

As the Central Okangan Regional District prepares their 2011 budget, regional rescue and fire services are hoping for replacement boats and trucks to fulfill increasing demand.

CORD’s draft budget is approaching a public information session and potential adoption on March 25. Increases in the price of regional rescue services have gone up with greater need for such services.

Kelowna assistant fire chief Tom Doherty noted several increased costs for regional rescue services, including training and radio licensing.

Doherty said that over the last few years, regional rescue has seen a dramatic increase in responses, from marine rescues to extricating people from vehicles or rescuing them from high places.

Marine rescue calls alone doubled in 2010 from the previous year.

Doherty said the Peachland boat needs to be replaced this year, and the Lake Country boat will also need to be replaced soon. Peachland Fire and Rescue currently operates a 14-foot Zodiac for regional marine rescues.

Doherty noted the vessels are nearing 20 years of age, with pontoons that continually need replacing.

The new Peachland Zodiac is being purchased out of reserve funds, with the $200,000 allocation also intended to cover storage facilities and equipment for the boat.

Fire departments in Joe Rich and Ellison are also looking for the purchase of new equipment.

Regional fire coordinator Rod Miller said the purchase of a new fire engine for the Joe Rich fire department was recommended initially in the regional district’s 2010 budget.

He added the department did not move forward with the purchase last year in order to review the purchase and make sure they were getting the right piece of equipment.

The department intends to sell their older engine to make up part of the expense.

Miller said the Ellison fire department is purchasing a new engine this year, and the engine currently in service there will go to Joe Rich during the interim period.

He noted protection plans have identified water source as an issue in the Joe Rich area. The fire department plans to increase water capacity in the ground, and acquire the engine which will carry more water. The current engine carries up to 1,000 gallons.

“We need more water when responding to a fire.”

Just Posted

Let it snow in Kelowna

Snow is in the forecast for this week

Photos: Adventuring in Stuart Park

Have you seen Friday’s edition of the Capital News? Check out the photos featured

Rutland students help less fortunate

At Rutland Senior Secondary, students are helping the homeless this holiday season

Lake Country seniors receive Christmas surprise

Hampers will be given to 20 lucky seniors in need next week

Column: Make it a green Christmas

Instead of purchasing a cuddly stuffie this year, put your money towards helping the real thing.

What’s happening

Find out about the events happening in your community this weekend

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Lind nets three in Rockets win; Dube and Foote named to Canada’s roster

Kole Lind returns from national junior camp to lead Rockets to victory in P.A.

Interior Health holding immunization clinic in Vernon Saturday

IH issues list of Okanagan meningococcal immunization clinics

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Annual Christmas meal held as Kelowna Gospel Mission

The meal will be held tomorrow from 12 to 6 p.m.

Most Read