Because the Kamloops Metropolis Council begins to wrestle to shut an almost $7 million price range hole, Kamloops Fireplace Rescue has confirmed it’ll tackle a big demand early subsequent 12 months.
Chief Ken Ujelok says KFR will request 10 new firefighters in a supplemental price range request for the Westside station within the spring to deliver it as much as full capability, noting they’re at present solely in a position to function one truck from Station 4.
“It is two [firefighters] per shift. So in whole, with the aid issue, to go with two extra firefighters on every platoon, you actually need ten firefighters,” Uzelok mentioned.
He notes that at present, every time Westside station is named, they often should “borrow” it from the closest obtainable station, which is Brocklehurst.
“Station 2 is our busiest station in Brocklehurst. So we all know there calls are going to return in,” notes Uzelok. “If they are not there, we’re both sending models from different stations to cowl, which will increase our response occasions. Or, we’ve got to maneuver station protection on the market as a result of we all know a name goes to return in, which once more creates a spot someplace in our system.
Uzelok famous that their request has been on town’s radar for a while.
A price determine for the ten new firefighters has not been launched.
It would depend upon the present council whether or not it’ll settle for the request or not, because the demand from KFR has not been included within the present price range plans.
“At this level and time, there aren’t any authorized new halls or hearth extinguishers within the price range,” mentioned Cathy Humphrey, director of company companies, giving preliminary price range estimates to the brand new council on Tuesday. “We’ve based mostly the price range on present approvals from councils, which doesn’t embrace any firefighting.”
The town of Kamloops is at present observing a $7 million shortfall within the coming price range, probably forcing taxpayers to cowl a 5.6 p.c improve subsequent 12 months if no financial savings or income could be discovered.