If more firefighters aren’t found, residents of the tiny Shuswap community of Scotch Creek could see their property insurance rates jump.
The Scotch Creek/Lee Creek Fire Department is below mandatory levels of staffing.
“Our fire services are struggling to recruit new members, and that is jeopardizing the ability to maintain critical accreditations that dramatically reduce the insurance rates of our residents,” Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Derek Sutherland said.
“If we don’t get more members, we are in danger of losing our Superior Tanker Shuttle Accreditation. If that happens, everyone pays.”
While members can still respond to emergencies, the Celista Fire Department has been called on to supplement fire response in Scotch Creek.
“The volunteer firefighters we have are truly dedicated to the safety of their community, and they are working very diligently to ensure the community has a good emergency response every time a call comes in. We don’t want to burn out those hard-working volunteers,” Sutherland said. “We are looking to increase the number of Scotch Creek/Lee Creek firefighters to a number that is healthy and sustainable.”
If you’re interested, go to www.csrd.bc.ca/firefighterrecruiting or call 250-833-5955.
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