Port Alberni, Wildfire Management Branch strike new deal over coverage

The Port Alberni Fire Department will provide initial attack response to wildfires within the Alberni Valley.

The city of Port Alberni will once again be providing an initial attack response to wildfires within the Alberni Valley.

“Last year the city entered into an agreement with the Wildfire Management Branch for the city to provide initial attack response for the Wildfire Management Branch if they were unable to set up in the Alberni Valley,” said Port Alberni Fire Department Chief Tim Pley told council at their July 13 meeting.

With the province’s fire fighting resources maxed out by the recent hot, dry weather, Pley said the B.C. government is looking into entering a similar agreement for this year, though compensation has yet to be decided upon.

“They’re anticipating conditions will be all the more hot and dry throughout the summer,” said Pley.

Citing the earlier start to the fire seasons, council authorized Pley to begin talks with the Wildfire Management Branch in February of each year.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Cherry Creek firefighters mourn former deputy chief

Brian Brick is the second Alberni Valley firefighter to die of work-related cancer in January

Port Alberni to consider the future of McLean Mill

City council will be holding a committee of the whole meeting on Jan. 21

Intern gives Port Alberni’s museum artifacts an update

St. John’s man travelled more than 7,000 kms to assist with curatorial duties

BCHL: Bulldogs best Salmon Arm at home

Bulldogs face Powell River in Sunday matinee Jan. 20; puck drop is 2 p.m.

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Vancouver Island senior dies after medical emergency and rollover crash

Incident happened Saturday in Nanaimo on Poplar Street

Most Read