The Keremeos Fire Department will be better equipped to extinguish wildfires with the addition of a truck with a low volume, high pressure water pump. The truck and other upgrades were funded through a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities on June 9, 2020. (Contributed)

Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department receives $25k grant

Money used on a truck with low volume, high pressure water pump to fight wildfires

The folks at the Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department have some new toys at their disposal.

The fire department was recently the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Union of BC Municipalities.

The grant was used entirely to replenish the department’s forestry firefighting equipment, something fire chief Jordy Bosscha said the department was lacking.

Specifically, the grant was used to purchase a truck equipped with a low volume, high pressure water pump, as well as other water dispersal equipment. The truck will help the fire department best utilize the scarce water supply, in the rural protection area where fire hydrants are scarce.

In the grant application, the department noted that it is a small group tasked with covering a large area of diverse terrain, making the truck a necessary upgrade to protect Keremeos and the surrounding areas.

“The arid summer months, combined with the effects of global warming, have seen wildland protection equipment taxed to the limit over the last few years. Conditions are forecast to only get worse,” reads the application. “With additional wildland-fire-suppression-equipment we will be able to provide better protection to our vast coverage area, by allowing us to deploy to multiple locations.”

A quick and efficient initial response, when a brush fire is called in, can contain the source before it becomes a wildfire. This, and the fact that global warming is making preparation even more imperative in arid climates, means that the upgrades were much needed, explained Bosscha. “Having the proper tools at hand affords our department the best chance for a successful outcome.”

READ MORE: Almost 99% less land in B.C. burned this year compared to 2018

READ MORE: Penticton photographer publishes book showcasing resilience of Okanagan people

@PentictonNews
editor@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Community

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Roots & Blues announces ticket giveaway ahead of online festival

The festival is streaming free online this year, but those who pre-register can win passes for 2021.

Ryga Arts Festival to include live events

Arts festival in Summerland will feature live and online performances

South Okanagan sees increase in real estate activity

More single family homes sold at higher prices when compared with a year ago

Penticton Peach Fest headliners moved to 2021

Artists include Glass Tiger, Simply Queen, Jess Moskaluke and Honeymoon Suite

UPDATE: Wildfire between Summerland and Penticton now ‘under control’

Emergency vehicles are at the scene near Sage Mesa, evacuation centre set up in Penticton

47 British Columbians test positive for COVID-19

That brings the total number of confirmed active cased as of Thursday (Aug. 6) to 371 people

UBC loses appeal on Fisheries Act convictions

BC Supreme Court upholds order to pay $1.55-million fine

Masks to be mandatory on BC Transit, TransLink starting Aug. 24

Both BC Transit and TransLink made the announcement in separate press releases on Thursday

Acclaimed B.C. actor Brent Carver passes away

Carver, one of Canada’s greatest actors with a career spanning 40 years, passed away at home in Cranbrook

B.C. would not send students back to school if there was ‘overwhelming risk’: Horgan

Plan has left many parents across the province worried about their children’s safety

Canucks blank Wild 3-0, take series lead in penalty-filled NHL qualifying clash

Jacob Markstrom stops 27 shots to lead Vancouver past Minnesota

VIDEO: A B.C business used robots to bring down concrete walls

Walco Industries is the only firm on Vancouver Island to use specialized robots for hydro-demolition

As CERB winds down, labour group asks Liberals to rethink EI

The government estimates four million people will be moved onto EI after CERB ends

Most Read