City briefs: retiring a firetruck, wildfire protection and more

What happened at Alberni city council this week.

PAFD retires firetruck

The Port Alberni Fire Dept will retire a 40-year-old firetruck, from its fleet.

The older a firetruck gets, the less reliable it becomes, said Deputy Fire Chief Wes Patterson.

Tender 12 has reached the end of its life as an emergency water supply vehicle and will be sold to the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society for the price of $1.

Home Show gets banner

Council granted permission for Evergreen Exhibitions to hang their banner across 10th Avenue near Echo Centre from March 7–13. The banner promotes the 26th annual Spring Home Show at Glenwood Sports Centre, to be held on March 12–13.

YPAV goes nuts for new trees

Council will provide a letter of support to the Young Professionals of the Alberni Valley to coincide with their grant application to purchase and plant nut trees on the Dry Creek Community Garden site.

The YPAV is applying for $4,000 to put towards nut-producing trees for the City of Port Alberni.

Wildfire protection

The City of Port Alberni isn’t waiting for the summer fire season to become dire before agreeing to provide standby coverage and initial attack response assistance for forest fires on its boundaries with Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations property.

Council has pre-approved its support this year, which will mean quick negotiations could take place whenever the ministry needed help.