BC Wildfire Service expanding community response program after earlier North Shuswap roadblocks

By Tip Petruk
Castanet
September 1, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jim Jones, owner of North Thompson Aprotek Fire Safety offered free firefighter training last weekend to three dozen North Shuswap residents looking to protect their homes. Jones said he was contacted by community members in the North Shuswap looking to get certified so that they could help BC Wildfire Service crews battle the Bush Creek East fire. …Jones said he worked for decades with B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, including extensive wildland firefighting experience. …Dozens of North Shuswap residents were desperate for certification after the BC Wildfire Service last week said it was willing to work alongside those in the community provided they had proper training. …BCWS operations director Cliff Chapman said the Co-operative Community Response Project aims to provide “community members that are willing” basic training to have them work alongside firefighters.

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