Any plans for a new fire hall in Greater Vernon’s rural area may be premature.
A study has recommended a new fire hall be constructed in the Swan Lake corridor in the next five years.
“Five years could be optimistic given the time it takes for the various parties to discuss an issue and agree to something,” said Bob Fleming, Regional District of North Okanagan director for BX-Swan Lake.
The area is currently served by the fire hall on Silver Star Road by BX Elementary.
“The BX-Swan Lake fire hall was constructed in 1976 with additions in 1994 and 1995,” states a staff report.
“Since that time, there has been significant residential and commercial growth within the Areas B and C fire protection area.”
The Swan Lake corridor has been designated as a growth area in the regional growth strategy.
“There’s the value of the commercial enterprises to consider,” said Fleming of the possible need for enhanced protection there.
“With the build up of the corridor, there is a concern that something should be done.”
One complicating factor is whether a new fire hall was constructed only by BX-Swan Lake taxpayers or if other jurisdictions became involved.
“It could tie in with the needs and aspirations of Spallumcheen,” said Fleming of the township’s long term development plans that would need fire protection.
“Spallumcheen would need to be consulted before anything goes ahead.”
Fleming wouldn’t speculate on a timeline for a new fire hall.