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North Cowichan Firefighters Help Battle B.C. Wildfires
August 2, 2017
(August 2, North Cowichan, BC) North Cowichan firefighters have joined crews from around the province, country, and other parts of the world to help battle the B.C. wildfires that continue to burn wildly in the provinces interior. The four person crew from North Cowichan is operating on a 7 day rotation, changing crews every Sunday. This rotation will continue until B.C.s Office of the Fire Commissioner declares the wildfire situation safe.
Stationed first in 150 Mile House and now in Kelowna, North Cowichan firefighters are deployed each day to various locations as needed. Along with the crew, the municipalitys spare pumper truck was also sent to contribute to the firefighting efforts. With the firefighters and truck in the interior, a full complement of personnel and equipment remain available at North Cowichans 4 fire halls; Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay and the South End hall.
We are thankful to have the resources to help these communities, says Jon Lefebure, Mayor of North Cowichan. There are a lot of men and women working tirelessly to combat the fires, and it was an easy decision to send our local crew to help lend a hand.
"Conditions are changing at a moments notice, says Scott Henning, Chief at the South End Fire Hall. Were staying prepared and are ready to move where and when we are needed.
The provincial government declared a state of emergency last month, which remains in place as the wildfires continue to burn across B.C. with many considered out of control. At the time of this release, there were 117 active wildfires (larger than .01 hectares) with 23 of those fires considered wildfires of note, fires that are highly visible or pose a potential threat to public safety.