The suspension of Winlaw’s volunteer fire chief last week was a very bad move by the RDCK and regional fire chief Terry Swan who is paid by taxpayers.
We need these dedicated, volunteer fire department members for emergency calls only. Without them our house insurance would go sky high. They are usually first on scene to tend to injured accident victims.
For Chief Swan to order these volunteers to do flagging at a meeting so he can save money on his budget is totally wrong and he should be apologizing to the chief and his volunteers.
If any suspension was in order, it should be to Chief Swan for ordering department members to use their family and personal time to do flagging at this July evening meeting.
Please support all the volunteers in our communities and let the RDCK know that this kind of abuse to volunteers will not be tolerated by taxpayers in the future.