Posted on: October 8, 2018
North Whiteshell Fire Dept – September 2018 update
As I write this story there are still 518 wildfires burning in B.C. Severe weather events across Canada have dominated the news headlines for weeks on end. Global warming is here to stay and it is only a matter of time before we, in the north Whiteshell, experience a major incident.
The Probe Research survey clearly indicates there is overwhelming support for the creation of a structural fire department. Of particular importance is the fact that nearly 8 out of 10 respondents (79%) said YES to its creation. There is also a very high degree of regional representation within the results and participation was at a remarkable 32%. This high response rate is almost unheard of in the world of surveys and market research. The strong response creates a temptation to move ahead quickly but there is a greater need for caution and careful, well planned steps forward.
We have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us including the creation of an incorporated entity & gaining charitable status, writing a constitution and by-laws, creating a solid business plan, launching a fund raising drive, planning for facilities and obtaining building permits, defining our needs and soliciting equipment quotes, reconfirming provincial support etc, etc, etc.
However, the number one priority and first step is to confirm that there is a sufficient number of capable volunteer firefighters. Many of you have already expressed interest and we ask for your patience. It will take some time to develop a review process. We also have to finalize the training requirements.
To the dozens and dozens of you who have offered financial support and/or volunteered your services to help with construction, we thank you and we will be in touch with you in the weeks ahead. For those of you who have not yet reached out but are willing to provide financial and/or volunteer assistance, please feel free to contact me directly at 204-254-2300.
Within the next few weeks we would like to add more people to our committee, preferably people with a background in firefighting. If you are interested in joining our team, please send me an email at email@example.com and include a brief bio.
Look for periodic progress reports in future editions of the Echo as well as on Facebook and the WCA web site.
We are “Fired Up!”
Gary KennedyChair – NWFD Committee