LETTER – Does TNRD have short memory on last summer’s wildfires?

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The headline on the story detailing the decision by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to eliminate funding for volunteer fire brigades should have read “fire dumb.”

My husband and I are volunteer firefighters in the Paul Lake/Pinantan area and we spend hundreds of hours training and practising in the event of a fire.

The small amount of money invested in radios, pumps, hoses, etc., goes a long way to providing fire protection and will certainly help prevent forest fires that would literally cost millions to curtail. Or does the TNRD board have a short memory when it comes to last summer’s wildfires in B.C.?

If liability is the concern, does that mean we should stop our donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation because we would be liable if someone dies?

At least TNRD Area P director Mel Rothenburger understands the value of the many volunteer firefighters and brigades throughout the region, but shame on those on the TNRD board who voted against this funding.

Paul Lake 

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1 Comment on LETTER – Does TNRD have short memory on last summer’s wildfires?

  1. I was talking with Director Rothenberger the other day about this and it is unfortunate the TNRD Board has placed an additional restriction on its’ Electoral Area Directors in financially supporting their non-TNRD aligned fire departments however I believe it is vital that local governments support our rural fire departments, particularly as a result of the 2017 wild fires in BC. And sometimes, we can support them not solely through local financial means but pointing them in the right direction for other financial resources that are not tied to local government (ie.: provincial or federal grants, or other grants they can apply for). For the record, my area has given $20,000 to the McLeese Lake VFD society for the local fire department there since 2015 and I just approved a grant for the Tyee Lake VFD for 2018 in the amount of $10,000. Also, the McLeese Lake VFD society received a grant from the province in 2016 in the amount of $21,000 with an additional $16,000 in fall 2017. If all goes well, we should see the community of McLeese Lake start to build its fire hall in the spring of 2019.

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