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West Kootenay fire departments receive over $500K to boost training

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund grants will also support equipment purchases
The Pass Creek Fire Department will benefit from new training funding for the RDCK. File photo

Fire departments around the West Kootenay have received a funding boost thanks to the provincial government’s Community Emergency Preparedness Fund.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay received $473,602 for its 2024 Fire Services Training Program. The money will be used for hands-on training, personnel and demonstration props such as fire-window simulators, thermal imaging cameras and rescue mannequins.

Departments that will benefit from the program include Balfour-Harrop, Beasley, Blewett, Crescent Valley, Kaslo, North Shore, Ootischenia, Pass Creek, Passmore, Riondel, Robson, Slocan, Tarry’s, Winlaw, Yahk-Kingsate, and Ymir.

“In small communities, neighbours support each other in so many ways, including as part of our volunteer and composite fire departments,” said Brittny Anderson, MLA for Nelson-Creston, in a statement. “This funding will help provide the equipment and training that our firefighters need so they can continue to keep people, homes and businesses safe.”

The Nelson Fire Department received $30,000 for Fire Officer 1 Training and rapid intervention firefighter safety devices.

The Salmo Fire Department meanwhile will use $29,343 for equipment renewal.

“When an emergency like a fire occurs, people want to know that help is on the way,” said Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West. “By helping smaller fire departments to upgrade their skills, we can make sure they are always ready to jump into action.”

The local funding is part of $6.2 million distributed for 122 projects, benefiting more than 200 volunteer and composite fire departments across the province.

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