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

West Kootenay highways a mess as heavy snowfall continues

‘Roads are very icy, people have to be patient and have to slow down’

Nelson to allow marijuana dispensaries to operate into new year

Medical cannabis dispensaries won’t be penalized for operating until their recreational applications are heard

Nelson Curling Club still suffering financially

The club posted a nearly $20,000 loss last year, announced at its AGM on Sunday

Over $25,000 raised for Columbia Basin literacy

Success for 2018 Books for Kids campaign

Nelson Leafs, regional district plan full-time hazardous waste recycling depot

City requires flood-mitigation plan before one-year trial can begin

VIDEO: Monday Roundup

#hotscoops #hotscoops #hotscoops

Famous giant tortoise DNA may hold fountain of youth: UCBO

After Lonesome George’s death he still provides clues to longer life

Oogie Boogie, Sandy Claws and coffin sleigh part of B.C. couple’s holiday display

Chilliwack couple decorates their house for the holidays using Nightmare Before Christmas theme

First Nation sues Alberta, says oilsands project threatens sacred site

Prosper Petroleum’s $440-million, 10,000-barrel-a-day plans have been vigorously opposed by Fort McKay

North Okanagan site of first RCMP naloxone test project

Free kits, training to be provided to high-risk individuals who spend time in cell blocks

1 arrested after bizarre incident at U.S.-B.C. border involving bags of meth, car crash

Man arrested after ruckus in Sumas and Abbotsford on Thursday night

More B.C. Indigenous students graduating high school: report

70% of Indigenous students graduated, compared to 86% across all B.C. students

2 facing animal cruelty charges after emaciated dog found in B.C.

Amy Hui-Yu Lin and Glenn Mislang have been charged with causing an animal to continue to be in distress

Out of the doghouse: B.C. city lifts ban on pup who barked too much at dog park

Cameron the Shetland sheepdog is allowed back into Uplands off-leash dog park under some conditions.

Most Read