City of Cranbrook turns over fire truck to RDEK

Efforts are currently focused on raising additional funds to offset the costs of starting a new fire department in Elko.

  • Dec. 27, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Left to right

The City of Cranbrook has officially turned over the keys of one of its pumper trucks to the Regional District of East Kootenay.

The RDEK and a citizens group have been working on establishing a fire service in Elko and the original intent was to donate the pumper truck to Elko to help lower costs for a new fire department.

However, the establishment of a fire service is still a ways off. Efforts are currently focused on raising additional funds to offset the costs of starting a new fire department, and if adequate funding is raised, the issue still needs to go out to the community for a decision on whether or not a fire service proceeds in Elko.

In the interim, the pumper truck will be housed at the Jaffray Fire Department and used as a second engine. If a fire service is established in Elko, the pumper truck will be moved.

“I would like to once again thank the City of Cranbrook for its generosity,” says RDEK Electoral Area B Director, Heath Slee. “The donation of this truck will be a huge asset to our rural fire departments and we are so grateful.”

Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services was retiring the pumper after receiving delivery of a new engine earlier this month.

“We truly are one community here in the East Kootenay,” says Wayne Stetski, Mayor of Cranbrook. “What happens in one of our towns and cities often benefits our neighbours. Getting our new fire engine and being able to donate this one to the RDEK is a prime example of that, and gifting it at Christmas time is very much in keeping with the season.”

Pictured left to right: Front Row – RDEK Electoral Area B Director Heath Slee, Cranbrook Mayor Wayne Stetski, Cranbrook Councillor Bob Whetham. Back Row: Jaffray / Baynes Lake Fire Chief Dave Boreen, Director of Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services Wayne Price, Deputy Director of Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services Dave Lind

Just Posted

The Cranbrook RCMP detachment reports on the first two weeks of 2019

In the first two weeks of 2019 the Cranbrook RCMP detachment responded… Continue reading

United Way marks 50 years in Cranbrook, seeks to increase presence in community

The year 2019 marks 50 years of service in Cranbrook for the… Continue reading

Avalanche look to find consistency on road trip

The women’s volleyball team will play four games in four nights against the Bearcats and Cascades.

Avalanche men’s team lose close game to Royals

The men’s volleyball team will look to improve on the momentum against CBC and UFV this weekend.

It happened this week in Cranbrook: 1910

Week of January 13-19: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers… Continue reading

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Snowed-in Austrian nuns insist they’re staying put

Authorities have deployed heavy equipment to clear snow and fallen trees blocking the road to the monastery

Chiasson nets shootout winner as Oilers edge Canucks 3-2

Edmonton moves one point ahead of Vancouver

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Most Read