Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Director of Area E, Karla Kozakevich, with Penticton MLA Dan Ashton. Submitted photo

Satellite fire hall for Naramata

A satellite fire hall will be constructed in Naramata to expand their coverage area

A satellite fire hall will be constructed in Naramata to expand their coverage area.

In September 2016 the electors in the Naramata Fire Service Area assented to the expansion of the service to include properties in the North Naramata, Indian Rock, Glenfir and Chute Lake area. With this expanded area, the fire department will now respond to calls that exceed eight kilometres from the existing fire hall on Upper Debeck Road.

While the land has not yet been secured and the design of the fire hall not yet finalized, significant contributions have been received for the project. The Blazing BBQs Community Fund donated $8,80o, raised through community events over the past several years. The provincial government chipped in $25,000 and an anonymous donor in the Naramata area made a commitment of $50,000.

“Fire suppression and emergency medical response in a rural area can be a matter of life and death,”said Karla Kozakevich, Director of electoral area E. “And, on behalf of the residents of Naramata I want to thank our Member of the Legislative Assembly, Dan Ashton, for his continued support of our citizens. Safety is a quality of life issue and this contribution from the provincial government is appreciated.”

In order to meet adequate Fire Underwriter response times for the new expanded area, the RDOS will construct a satellite fire hall approximately eight km from the existing fire hall. The license of occupation to construct the proposed satellite fire hall on Crown land has been submitted.

“I’m very proud of Fire Chief Tony Trovao and his department for the work they do and the state of readiness they maintain, but also the citizens within the fire service area for allowing us to expand the area that our fire department covers,” said Kozakevich.

Construction on the new hall should proceed in 2017, once land is acquired and a design has been finalized.

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