Fire Chief Simon Grypma

Fire budget discussed at council meeting

Fire Chief Simon Grypma presented the 2012 Fire Department budget to city council Friday.

Fire Chief Simon Grypma presented the 2012 fire department budget to city council Friday.

Over the course of 2011, the Nelson Fire Department endured several challenges including the departure of two staff firefighters due to retirement, resulting in a 4 per cent decrease in the 2012 budget compared to last year.

In 2011, the Nelson Fire Department responded to 1106 calls for service, of which 190 were fire calls, 475 were first responder calls, 89 were hazardous materials calls and the rest were miscellaneous calls for service.

Council said that the cost of the first responder service by the Nelson Fire Department so far has been a download from the Provincial Government and is something that they may revisit in the future for provincial funding rather than being covered by the municipality.

Grypma noted that fire suppression however was the largest cost to the City in 2011. The Kerr Apartment fire cost $28,950 in fire fighting costs alone according to Grypma’s presentation. He also added that the 2012 property assessment for the Kerr Apartments dropped to $215,000 from nearly $1.5 million, yielding an estimated loss of about $10,000 in 2012 taxes.

For the upcoming year, Grypma said that Fire inspection and prevention will be a main objective as well as additional training for fire fighters.

In 2011, the Nelson Fire Department achieved zero time loss in workplace injuries for over 6177 hours of on-scene emergency operations.

The fire department also trained five new auxiliary recruits and trained 15 auxiliary members to Fire Fighter 1 certification.

 

 

Just Posted

Kootenay fires grow — more evacuation alerts

Syringa fire prompts evacuation alerts plus HWY 3 closure and U.S. fire crosses into B.C.

Evacuation alert for Syringa and Deer Park

The Syringa Creek Fire grew Saturday resulting in evacuation alerts.

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Smoke scraps MS Bike Challenge

The annual fundraising event cancelled its cycling Saturday because of poor air quality

Bent On Art Festival gives Kootenay Pride a creative outlet

The festival runs Aug. 27 to Sept. 2 during Pride festivities

VIDEO: Auto repair shop celebrates Nelson mural festival

A painting by Barry Overn at Downtown Automotive turned heads at the festival opening.

Canadians fear for relatives trapped amid flooding in Indian state of Kerala

More than 800,000people have been displaced by floods and landslides

IndyCar driver Wickens flown to hospital after scary crash

IndyCar said Wickens was awake and alert as he was taken to a hospital

Ex-BCTF president ‘undeterred’ after early release from pipeline protest jail term

Susan Lambert and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson released early

Fast food chains look to capitalize on vegetarian, vegan trend with new items

Seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent identify as vegans

B.C. swimmer halts journey across Strait of Juan de Fuca after hypothermia sets in

Victoria MS athlete Susan Simmons swam for eight-and-a-half hours in 9 C choppy waters

‘Hard on water:’ Smoke not the only long-range effect of wildfires

The project began more than 10 years ago after southern Alberta’s 2003 Lost Creek fire

B.C. VIEWS: Genuine aboriginal rights are misused and discredited

Camp Cloud one of long line of protests falsely asserting title

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to march in Montreal’s Pride parade

Trudeau will end the day in his home riding of Papineau

Most Read