The Province of BC has announced $5 milion in extra funding for equipment and training for smaller volunteer and composite fire departments and First Nations communities.
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The body of Cache Creek Fire Chief Clayton Cassidy has been found near the bridge washout where he disappeared nearly a month ago. Chief Cassidy was with the Cache Creek Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years and received the Medal of Good Citizenship from Premier Christy Clark in 2016. Our hearts go out to his family and the community of Cache Creek.
According to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario proposed new firefighter certification requirements could make recruiting volunteer firefighters difficult and represent a significant cost to municipalities.
In towns in Canada served by volunteer fire departments recruitment has become a huge issue. Because many volunteer departments follow the same training guidelines as paid fire departments the time commitment, for people who in many cases already hold down a full-time job, is significant and is proving to be a deterrent to volunteers.
Robson Fire Department, which recently held its sixth annual Boot Drive to raise funds for muscular dystrophy, has been named "Fire Department of the Year" by Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
The owner of a hotel in The Pas and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries are suing the town's volunteer fire department and the town after the Town Centre Hotel was completely destroyed by fire.