Vernon keeping all fire halls staffed in response to extreme wildfire risk
Charlotte Helston - Reporter
Vernon Fire and rescue Services
(CHARLOTTE HELSTON / iNFOnews.ca)
August 03, 2017 - 3:19 PM
VERNON - The City of Vernon is bolstering its fire protection resources.
In response to a request from Vernon Fire and Rescue Services, council has okayed the staffing of the Okanagan Landing and Predator Ridge fire halls during the hottest periods of the day, when there are prolonged high-to-extreme fire conditions in the region.
“Experienced career firefighters will be paired with members of the Vernon Volunteer Firefighters Association from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, providing an effective fire response force, ensuring worker safety and controlling costs,” the city says in a media release.
All three Vernon fire stations will be staffed during the day for the next five weeks or until fire conditions in the area improve.
Okanagan Landing and Predator Ridge will be staffed with three-to-four firefighters each as staff availability permits.
“This risk mitigation strategy will ensure early response to fires throughout the Vernon Fire and Rescue service area,” the city states.
The cost of resources at all three stations for five weeks, if necessary, is approximately $79,000.
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