Jim Edgson (right)

Jim Edgson (right)

Boathouse boosts fire response

A new boathouse on Okanagan Lake is open and in service for the North Westside Fire Department.

A new boathouse on Okanagan Lake is open and in service for the North Westside Fire Department.

The new waterfront building, dock and marine lift is located in the southern portion of Killiney Beach Community Park, just off Hodges Road.

“This facility means our community’s fire boat and marine mobile water supply will be easily accessible for trained members of our department in the event it’s dispatched for firefighting and protection along the waterfront, as a water supply or for marine rescue,” said Doug Gardiner, fire chief.

In dedicating the boathouse, members of the North Westside Firefighter Society recognized the memory of Regan Toker, a firefighter who lost his life in a workplace accident in 2011.

“The society members are an integral part of their community and are dedicated to helping their neighbours with medical first response, fire prevention and fire protection services,” said Dan Wildeman, Regional District of Central Okanagan fire services manager.

“The regional district thanks the society for its generous contribution of $20,100 which helped in part to construct and equip the new boathouse.”

The total cost to construct the boathouse was $78,000.

It includes an all-electric boat lift and gasoline powered generator that provides power for interior lighting and an electric roll-up garage door with a manual override.