The CSRD presently delivers a rural fire suppression service to over 80 per cent of its electoral area residents. The service is provided by 13 paid on-call fire departments and by service extension agreements with municipalities and First Nations. Combining the coverage provided by rural and municipal fire departments, 95 per cent of all residents within the Columbia Shuswap Regional District boundaries enjoy fire suppression service.
Some CSRD fire departments began as ambitious, community projects, depending entirely on volunteer effort and contributions. Groups and societies soon realized that in order to operate a fire department to insurance and safety standards, a higher and more consistent level of funding would be necessary. Subsequently, the voters agreed and authorized the CSRD to take on the management of these departments. These departments are paid for by equitable taxation of residents within the fire suppression areas.
Other departments were started from the ground up as a Regional District function. Area taxpayers funded the acquisition of land, buildings and equipment, as well as operational costs. To ease the costs somewhat, the CSRD applied for and received numerous provincial grants, usually covering up to 50 per cent of the costs of fire hall construction.
Becoming a firefighter
Want to give back to your community, make a difference to people affected by disaster, develop new skills and meet new people? Find out more about becoming a firefighter. We are now hiring paid on-call firefighters.
If you are interested in joining one of our CSRD fire departments, please contact the area Fire Chief through the link below or call the CSRD Fire Services Coordinator, Sean Coubrough at 250.833.5955. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
Standard Operating Guidelines
Standard Operating Guidelines are procedures that assist fire departments in order to meet their responsibilities regarding safe work practices as required by Worksafe BC. The CSRD's Fire Services Standard Operating Guidelines meet the current regulatory requirements. The CSRD will conduct a formal review of the SOG's every five years and will supplement the existing SOGs with new guidelines on an on-going basis as required.
|CSRD Standard Operating Guidelines||Link|
Fire Services Newsletters
The CSRD is committed to the development of an annual newsletter to provide updated information to the public about fire suppression within the regional district.
|Fire Services Update Spring 2018||Download|
|Fire Services Update Summer 2016||Download|
|Fire Services Update Summer 2015||Download|
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