Wildfire equipment vandalized

BC Wildfire Service needs to replace a radio repeater that was destroyed over the weekend.

BC Wildfire Service needs to replace some costly radio equipment that was vandalized over the weekend.

BC Wildfire Service officials are trying to figure out why someone would destroy their radio equipment, especially when they need it the most.

A radio repeater located on Thompson Mountain in the Southeast Fire Centre was broken into sometime between July 29 and Monday, fire information official Karlie Shaughnessy told the Star on Thursday. She said it will cost between $80,000 to $100,000 to replace the equipment and move it all to a more secure site.

Shaughnessy said the service was lucky none of its firefighters were endangered prior to the discovery of the vandalism. There were 41 wildfires in the area last month.

“The radio repeaters are essential for firefighter safety …,” said Shaughnessy. “It definitely had the potential to endanger our communications with our field staff.”

Shaughnessy said a temporary fix is in place for the time being while new equipment is installed elsewhere. Solar panels on the outside of the repeater were also smashed.

“It took a lot of effort to bust into that,” she said.

Just Posted

Public tech access funded by Columbia Basin Trust

The Trust is investing $480,000 in 16 communities

Redfish students get hands dirty in provincial park

Students re-wilded an area at Kokanee Creek that had recently been cleared for additional campsites

Fireworks mass choir lifts LVR gym off the ground

Allison Girvan directed 280 singers in a program with themes of remembrance and peace

VIDEO: New Nelson company CK9 Studios makes debut with stunning ski film

Simon Shave and Clay Mitchell released ‘Over Time’ last month

Regional crown caps Mount Sentinel winning season

The Wildcats senior volleyball team won the Kootenay zone title

‘We love you, Alex!’: Trebek gets choked up by ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant’s answer

The emotional moment came in Monday’s episode when Trebek read Dhruv Gaur’s final answer

Birthday boy: Pettersson nets 2 as Canucks beat Predators

Vancouver ends four-game winless skid with 5-3 victory over Nashville

Judge rejects Terrace man’s claim that someone else downloaded child porn on his phone

Marcus John Paquette argued that other people had used his phone, including his ex-wife

Petition for free hospital parking presented to MP Jody Wilson-Raybould

What started as a B.C. campaign became a national issue, organizer said

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

B.C.’s high gasoline prices still a mystery, Premier John Horgan says

NDP plans legislation this month, seeks action from Justin Trudeau

Group walking on thin ice at B.C. lake sparks warning from RCMP

At least seven people were spotted on Joffre Lakes, although the ice is not thick enough to be walked on

VIDEO: Don Cherry says he was fired, not sorry for ‘Coach’s Corner’ poppy rant

Cherry denies he was singling out visible minorities with his comments

B.C. teacher suspended for incessantly messaging student, writing friendship letter

Female teacher pursued Grade 12 student for friendship even after being rebuked

Most Read