FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 08, 2017
In response to the persistent extreme fire danger in our area and across the province, West Kelowna Fire Rescue is putting in place enhancements to the fire service for West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation.
Effective immediately, the fire service will now include:
- The addition of one full-time firefighter per shift at the Station 32, Lakeview Heights Fire Hall, moving from three to four firefighters per shift.
- The creation of a dedicated roster of paid-on-call firefighters for the Glenrosa and Rose Valley fire halls, ensuring immediate availability of these staff to respond to call-outs if needed.
- The addition of one chief officer on call 24/7, supporting the organization, deployment and command of major responses.
These changes have been put in place to help ensure West Kelowna Fire Rescue is best able to address fire threat in the community during these extraordinary circumstances. This enhanced service will remain in place until conditions improve.
The additional cost to provide this enhanced service is estimated at $88,200.