Expectations have been established for Enderby’s volunteer firefighters.
City council has adopted a policy statement setting a service level for the department.
“It’s nice to see we have volunteers willing to put in the education and training time,” said Coun. Raquel Knust.
The need for service levels is mandated by the provincial government.
“Service levels are fundamentally divided into external (defensive) and internal (offensive) fire suppression activities,” said Tate Bengtson, chief administrative officer, in a report.
“Internal fire suppression activities involve a different set of risks than external fire suppression activities and require additional training.”
Volunteers are the backbone of any community and the City of Enderby wants to ensure that tradition continues.
There are plans to hold an event this spring that would make residents aware of volunteer organizations needing new members.
“We want to let people know what activities are available,” said Mayor Greg McCune.
One of the challenges for many groups is their members are getting older.
“We want to lower the age of volunteers in the community,” said McCune.