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August 22, 2018, 10:35 am

Revelstoke, CSRD Reach Agreement on Electoral Area B Fire Suppression Service

City of Revelstoke; Columbia Shuswap Regional District

REVELSTOKE -  The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) and the City of Revelstoke are pleased to announce an agreement has been approved which will provide continued fire suppression services to approximately 250 properties in Electoral Area B (Rural Revelstoke) for the next 10 years.
 
The agreement will provide Electoral Area B property owners within the specified service area boundaries access to the same safe, reliable fire suppression service provided under the previous agreement, which dated back to 1980. The level of fire suppression service will remain on par with the service currently received by City of Revelstoke residents.
 
The CSRD and City have been in ongoing discussions regarding the development of a new fire suppression agreement which was set to expire on September 1, 2018. In April 2018, both parties agreed to mediation, and on July 18, 2018 a tentative 10-year agreement was reached. The agreement was ratified by the CSRD Board on Thursday, August 16, 2018.
 
The City of Revelstoke Council approved the first three readings of a bylaw to authorize the agreement on Tuesday, August 14 and adopted it at a Special Meeting held Monday, August 20, 2018.
 
The negotiated deal will see the CSRD fund the City of Revelstoke’s purchase of a 3,000 gallon water tender truck to a maximum cost of $250,000 and contribute $50,000 for the purchase of a utility vehicle to add to the City’s fire suppression fleet. The addition of the new vehicles will enhance the abilities of the City of Revelstoke to respond to fire emergencies, especially in areas with limited access to water and in the BC Hydro ‘draw down’ zone lands south of the City.
 
The City of Revelstoke will contribute $15,000 annually for a five-year term totalling $75,000 towards the cost of the water tender vehicle. BC Hydro has committed to provide $50,000 in funding to the CSRD for the utility vehicle.
 
“CSRD Area B residents have a long history of contributing to shared services with the City of Revelstoke. I am very pleased that the CSRD and the City have reached agreement for the continued delivery of fire suppression services in Area B. This agreement provides benefits to both Area B residents as well as the residents of the City of Revelstoke,” says Electoral Area B Director Loni Parker.

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