Okanagan band praises firefighters

Chief Byron Louis says band council is grateful for the hard work carried out by the B.C. Wildfire Service and its crews.

The effort of firefighters to tackle wildfires burning in the region is garnering praise from the Okanagan Indian Band.

Chief Byron Louis says band council is grateful for the ongoing hard work carried out by the B.C. Wildfire Service and its crews.

“Given the ongoing hot weather and the intense heat from the fire, we’re grateful for the firefighters’ dedication,” said Louis,

“While the Westside Road fire is more than 10 kilometres away from the border of our reserve, some of our members are on hand to fight it.”

Okanagan Indian Band members Ned Alexis, Shea Phelan and Taylor Belanger are part of the crews currently battling the Westside Road fire, with Pikala Good Water on standby.

“OKIB members have received training through the First Nations Emergency Services Society over the years,” said Louis,

“We’re glad to have members trained in this vital profession.”

Aside from having band members part of the attack crews, the OKIB has also provided its shower facilities at Komasket Park for fire crews battling the Bolean Lake blaze near Falkland.

“Our resources are limited, but we’re willing to help anyway we can,” said Louis.