To the Editor:
To Al, Karen, Dawne, Lanette and Jodie
The members of the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank you, Penticton Regional Fire Dispatch for the 20 years of service you have provided to this department. Over the years you have dispatched us to many serious incidents, everything from fires of all types, motor vehicle incidents, medical responses and hazardous material spills. You have gathered the resources we needed to successfully complete the tasks.
It was during the state of emergency in 2003 that you were most prominent in getting all departments to where they needed to be. With your understanding of the mutual aid system moved equipment around so that no area went unprotected.
Much is said in the press about the firefighters but nothing about the people behind the scene who with the knowledge of the area have worked with us to locate incidents when information on the 911 call was poor.
Our department has a very large area to protect, and often radio communications have been a challenge, but with your help we were able to complete the task.
In these times when there is a shortage of volunteer fire fighters having you at the other end of the radio was like having another firefighter on the department who stayed in the hall to free up one of our members to attend the incident.
Many thanks to you all.
Darlene Bailey, Fire Chief and the fire fighters of the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department