The Cranbrook Fire Department will continue to provide service to the surrounding rural area for another ten years.
The RDEK approved a new 10 year contract this month for the department to look after properties outside their normal jurisdiction, within 13 kilometres of the fire hall.
However, there were some changes to the financial aspects of the deal.
Regional District Board Chair Rob Gay says the issue with the last agreement was the RDEK paid 20 per cent of the fire department’s costs which made budgeting difficult.
“So we’d see one year where the costs would escalate because they had to purchase a new fire hall, or a new piece of fire apparatus, and then the next year the costs would decline some what,” Gay explains. “So there was this up and down costs. It’s very hard for us, as residents and local government, to budget on that.”
He says they wanted something that resembled certainty.
The renewed deal has a base rate with a 3.75 per cent increase every year over the next decade.
“Based on an average home in Area C, the fire rate will start at about $422,” Gay explains.
Staff say the rate was determined based on the 2017 budget, the fire department’s forecast 10 year financial plan, and any contracts the department has with neighbouring governments.
– RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay