Members of the Little Fort Volunteer Fire Department line up for a team photo during an open house held Sunday, April 22 to show off the new firehall addition to the community hall (visible on the left). Pictured are (back, l-r) Peter Mauch, Wyatt Braaten, Duncan McGrath, Shane Pittman, (front, l-r) Chris Jim, Al Crane, Kam Jim, Libby Toman, Jackie Johnson, and Shane Andrews.

TNRD plans fire service information meeting

Meeting on Monday evening in Little Fort Hall will look at whether TNRD should take over service

Thompson-Nicola Regional District is in the process of getting rid of the fire departments run by socieities within its boundaries and replacing them with TNRD-administered fire protection services.

Those departments include Little Fort Volunteer Department.

READ MORE: Review recommends TNRD take over Little Fort and McLure fire departments (Feb. 1, 2018)

READ MORE: TNRD moves to take over Little Fort fire department (Feb. 13, 2018)

Reasons given for the changeover include the need to meet higher training standards set by the province plus the desire to control liability.

The regional district will stop annual tax requisitions for fire departments run by societies as of Dec. 31, 2022.

There are at present six fire departments in the TNRD that are run by societies. During a Feb. 8 board meeting the reginoal district directors told staff to begin the process of establishing TNRD-administered fire protection services in four of them, including Little Fort.

The fire departments in Blackpool and Vavenby are among those already administered by the TNRD. Clearwater and Barriere operate their own municipal fire departments.

What the changeover would mean for property owners within the Little Fort fire protection contribution service area will be the topic of an information meeting to be hosted by the TNRD at Little Fort Community Hall on Monday, April 23, starting at 6:30 p.m.

For those who can’t make it to the meeting, it will be live-streamed on the TNRD Facebook page. People will be able view the meeting and ask questions via Facebook.

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