Predator Ridge fire hall moving ahead
A Vernon neighbourhood is a step closer to having its own fire hall.
The city will lease land from Predator Ridge Golf Club for a fire hall, with construction beginning this spring and the facility expected to be open in the fall.
“It’s exciting for Predator Ridge residents for this to come to fruition,” said Keith Green, Vernon fire chief.
“it will be comforting for people in the interface area to know there will be resources (available).”
Currently, Predator Ridge is served by the downtown Vernon fire hall, but it takes about 20 minutes for crews to arrive during an emergency.
By having a facility right at Predator, the goal is to reduce response times substantially. But that will depend on how many residents in the neighbourhood volunteer as firefighters and are available during an incident.
Currently, three or four individuals have agreed to be volunteers while a tier of volunteers from elsewhere in Vernon would be assigned to the hall.
“We will try to slowly build up our paid-on-call base there,” said Green.
The hall would include two trucks — an engine and a water tender.
The lease between the city and Predator Ridge Golf Club is for 999 years at a cost of $10 for the initial term. The lease could be renewed for $10 for an additional 999 years.