Carmi residents to receive city fire protection service
Steve Arstad - Reporter
Penticton City Council gave approval to extend the city's fire protection services into the upper Carmi area at the Tuesday, March 21, 2017, regular council meeting.
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March 23, 2017 - 3:14 PM
PENTICTON - The City of Penticton is expanding its fire protection boundary.
City council has unanimously approved a request from Penticton deputy fire chief Chris Forster to support the addition of the Upper Carmi neighbourhood up to the eight kilometre mark from fire station 202 into the regional district fire protection agreement.
Fire chief Larry Watkinson found clear support for the initiative following a town hall meeting of Upper Carmi residents on Nov. 30, 2016.
The area, which currently has no fire protection, would benefit from significant insurance reductions as well as much greater access to medical and rescue emergency services from being included in the city’s fire protection area, council learned at its regular meeting March 21 in a report accompanying the recommendation.
The report noted the city’s capability to provide the service without compromising present firefighting service to the city.
The service will be paid for as outlined through a fire protection agreement between the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and the city.
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