Coastal firefighters dispatched to Interior

'Everyone who has been dispatched has someone replacing them' — Coastal Fire Centre information officer Lynn Wheeler

Nearly 150 people have been deployed from the Coastal Fire Centre to help fight fires in other parts of the province.

But according to CFC information officer Lynn Wheeler that doesn’t leave our fire centre short staffed.

“We’re in good condition,” said Wheeler, who added that despite the area’s fire danger level being quite high we have “resources in place.”

Wheeler said that every person who is dispatched to another area of the province is replaced by someone else.

“We move people around a lot but we make sure every fire centre is adequately covered,” said Wheeler, who is usually based in Port Alberni but is filling in for another information officer at the moment.

The CFC covers all of Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii.

In the Parksville Qualicum Beach area 12 people are currently working in other fire centres in British Columbia. Wheeler said none of the people deployed are firefighters but work in finance, dispatch, logistics, planning, operations and communications.

She said “everyone who has been dispatched has someone replacing them” as the fire centre practices cross training their staff for times like this.

Wheeler said depending on the fire season people may be deployed for a week, or the entire summer.

Just Posted

Parksville Qualicum Beach legions set to launch Poppy Campaign

Annual fundraiser to run from Oct. 25 to Nov. 11

Qualicum Bay writer Linda Tenney dies after battle with cancer

Celebration of life set for Nov. 2 at Lighthouse Community Centre

Bear sightings up significantly in Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Fruit trees number one food attractant, says conservation officer

Parksville Qualicum Beach crime report: Thieves pilfer laptops, tools, big-screen TV, cash and more

Oceanside RCMP received 256 complaints between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5.

Pole-climbing thieves pilfering wire in Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Repairs are costly and thefts jeopardize public safety

B.C. scouting group’s tent destroyed by black bear on Thanksgiving

The Richmond-based Sea Dragon Sea Scouts were camping at Mount Seymour Provincial Park

Environment Canada issues gale warnings for western Vancouver Island

Gale warnings in effect for most of Vancouver Island and west coast Mainland

BC Ferries crew member taken to hospital after getting struck by bow doors

Two sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay were cancelled

Greta Thunberg meets with First Nations chief in Fort McMurray

Thunberg has turned her protest against climate change into a global movement

Canucks hang on for 3-2 win over Rangers in New York

Vancouver scores three times in first period

More beef products recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

The food safety watchdog has been investigating possible E. coli 0157:H7

Most Read