Charlie Lake fire petitions fail

Petitions to add road rescue and first medical response services out of the Charlie Lake fire hall have failed.

A report to the Jan. 14 regional district meeting notes 392 petitions were received in favour of medical response, and 372 in favour of road rescue. The petitions received about 20% support from property owner, well short of the 50% need to be certified as sufficient.

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"As there were less than 50% of the property owners in favour of expansion of the Charlie Lake Fire Department to include either first medical responder services or road rescue services, the petitions failed," wrote Corporate Officer Tyra Henderson in a report to the board.

The petitions were launched in November, after a survey found 72% of respondents in support of medical response, and 37% in favour of road rescue.

The Charlie Lake fire hall only provides fire protection, when the service was first established in 1980. Road rescue services are currently provided by the Fort St. John fire department.

Charlie Lake Fire Department Proposed Expansion Petition Results by AlaskaHighwayNews on Scribd

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca

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