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Enderby weighs fire training options

A smouldering debate over fire training is forcing Enderby to look at its options.

Vernon has threatened to pull out of the North Okanagan Regional District’s fire training centre, and Enderby council believes that now may be the time to consider how it provides training to firefighters.

“We’re going to see what it costs to send them to the Salmon Arm facility,” said Mayor Dee Wejr.

Presently, Enderby’s base fee for the NORD function is $3,600 a year, and if Vernon withdraws, it could climb to $6,600.

“We know the costs will increase if Vernon opts out and the one in Salmon Arm is handy,” said Coun. Greg McCune.

However, McCune isn’t convinced that Enderby will shift its training to a program in another regional district.

“I believe we will stay where we are because we’d be crossing lines,” he said.

“It’s hard to leave your regional district. You want to be there and be part of the team.”

Wejr is also reluctant to say if Enderby would abandon the NORD service because of the conflict with Vernon.

“We work with NORD all of the time and I would like to see it (dispute) resolved and Vernon continue to participate,” she said.

Vernon has stated it will withdraw from the service because of the costs involved and because some courses aren’t certified.

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