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Retired mayor on fire service

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I commend David Prystay for his strong sense of ownership of his community and his willingness to support, with his own money returning fire emergency operations to their base level of service (Okanagan Sunday, Jan. 5). As a former emergency services officer himself he knows first hand just how important such services are to his fellow citizens. I commend David Prystay for his strong sense of ownership of his community and his willingness to support, with his own money returning fire emergency operations to their base level of service (Okanagan Sunday, Jan. 5). As a former emergency services officer himself he knows first hand just how important such services are to his fellow citizens.
During my term as mayor from 2002-2005, Council understood full well the importance of the WCB
requirement that called for a minimum level of responding firefighters so that a building could be
entered immediately and safely. This is not the first Council that has had to look carefully at operations in order to cut costs and it will not be the last but cutting life and safety services below recommended levels is a step that any elected officials do at their peril.
It is one thing not to hire additional firefighters adding to the costs of operations but not to
replace a retiring complement is foolhardy at best. All we need is
another motel or hotel fire to have lives placed at risk both inside the structure and among the responding crew.
To suggest that operations
appear to have been going smoothly with a smaller complement when we have not (fortunately) had a major fire to contend with sings of a Ôhead in the sand' approach.
What is next with this council Ñ a proposed cut to RCMP services because the crime rate has been down for the last six months?
David Perry
Penticton

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