The Deep Bay Fire Rescue Society hosted a garage sale last Saturday to raise money and awareness about the organization’s mandate to support the Deep Bay Volunteer Fire Department

New Deep Bay fire truck is going to need a bigger garage

It’s unclear at this point what kind of structure will be built

The Deep Bay Fire Rescue Society (DBFRS) is raising money to offset the cost of a new fire hall, which would otherwise see 600 ratepayers dish out more than $1 million.

“We’re trying to soften the blow (for ratepayers),” said Arlene Veenhof, DBFRS president.

Veenhof explains Deep Bay’s fire department will require a new fire truck in 2018 to comply with its insurance provider’s standards. The new vehicle will not fit in the current fire hall, so a larger fire hall is slated to be built to accommodate the fire truck as well as address current seismic constraints of the existing building.

“The insurance underwriters require a new fire truck every x number of years regardless of the condition of the last fire truck,” said Veenhof, adding she doesn’t believe there is anything wrong with the current fire truck which may be kept as a back-up truck.

“However, the reason it is important to maintain these standards is because the insurance of ratepayers is based on the safety level of our fire station.”

Veenhof said if the community’s fire trucks are too old, home insurance will go up.

“We’ve been taxing to cover the cost of the fire truck but not the fire hall,” she said. “When the time comes there will be a shortage of money.”

Veenhof said a select committee is currently being formed to study the design needs of the new fire hall including issues of size, location, cost and construction.

Veenhof said she was aware of the price communities like Nanoose Bay and Qualicum Beach have, or will be paying for new fire halls (up to $5 million).

“We really don’t know what the costs will be yet,” said Veenhof. “We just need a garage. We don’t need a big, fancy building.”

In an effort to curb the cost for ratepayers, the society has been avidly raising funds and awareness within Deep Bay. Last Saturday the organization hosted a garage sale for the new fire hall.

“We raised community awareness of our (DBFRS) existence and the need for people to get involved.  We sold more memberships than I thought we would and raised some cash for the society,” said DBFRS past president Don Milburn. “While it will not build us a new fire hall it is a start in the right direction.”

For more information about the Deep Bay Fire Rescue Society contact Arlene Veenhof at 778-424-2810. If you are interested in becoming part of the select committee contact the Deep Bay Improvement District office.

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach dragon boating team looks for new members

Team Hot Flash was formed last year and is gearing up for second season

$3.5M all-season turf field planned for Qualicum Beach

Town seeks grant for community playing surface upgrades

Car theft suspect arrested in Coombs

Vehicle and two motorcyles recovered on Jan. 16

Qualicum Beach council big on support for multi-use cinema proposal

Society asks for 10,000 square feet, gets recommendation to consider with strategic plan

Lincoln stolen from Parksville dealership found near Duncan

Vehicle was located three days later with minor damage

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Telegraph Cove Resort one of many venues to featured at Hitched wedding fair

Black Press Media’s annual Hitched Wedding and Events Affair is Sunday, Jan. 27, in Courtenay

Inflation rises as higher airfares, veggie prices offset cheaper gas

Statistics Canada says inflation accelerated to two per cent in December

Social media strains over Prince Rupert’s boil water notice

Resident forms Community for Clean Water, and Jennifer Rice responds to acting mayor’s comments

Dog dies saving B.C. family from burning home

Homeonwers safe but one pet missing, another confirmed dead following fire

Investigators await forensics in fatal Mill Bay police shooting

Independent investigation continues after Chris Bloomfield killed in Mill Bay in November

Minor mattress fire could have killed, Nanaimo Fire Rescue warns

Public fire safety warnings issued following potentially deadly fire on Victoria Road

Russian fighter jets collide over Sea of Japan crews eject

One plane crashed after its crew ejected safely, the other crew also ejected but they have not been found

Judge to deliver verdict in British sailor’s gang rape case

The alleged gang rape took place at a Halifax-area military base in 2015

Most Read