The RDEK is asking residents of Wardner to attend an Open House and provide input regarding a potential new fire service.
Building and Protective Services Manager Sanford Brown says feedback is needed because although the areas have expressed interest, the service doesn’t come for free.
Brown explains currently in the Regional District, areas have to pay into a service to see a fire department respond.
He says the focus of the meeting will be deciding if it is what the community really wants.
Also, the RDEK wants to learn if the desire is widespread and whether or not it expands into the rural areas surrounding Wardner like Bull River and Mayook.
Brown states if given the go ahead, the Regional District’s next steps will be looking into the specifics of how to deliver the service and what the costs would be.
A location to base the service would also need to be decided.
Expanding to the area from an existing system in Jaffray is currently believed to be the most economical and feasible option.
Brown adds although there would be several benefits to the fire service, the main reason people are interested is to ensure support and response if disaster strikes.
The Open House is scheduled for 1:30 pm on April 5 at the Wardner Community Centre.
A free community dinner and presentations will follow at 6 pm.
RDEK, Building and Protective Services Manager, Sanford Brown –
– Keira O’Loughlin