Canadian Firefighter Magazine

Blackpool and Vavenby Fire Departments benefit from additions to fire halls

By Thompson-Nicola Regional District   

Headlines News apparatus bay fire hall

Aug. 16, 2023, Vavenby, B.C. – Blackpool Fire Rescue and the Vavenby Fire Department have a new apparatus bay at each of the fire halls.

The construction of these additional apparatus bays was required to improve accessibility and create a secure space for much-needed fire protection equipment.

The new apparatus bay is approximately 1,232 square feet at the Blackpool Fire Hall, and is approximately 1,407 square feet at the Vavenby Fire Hall.

In these spaces, each fire hall now houses a Structure Protection Unit trailer and other critical fire apparatus.

“For fighting fires in the wildland urban interface, having the proper equipment such as a Structure Protection Unit is key for success to limit the amount of devastation in rural areas,” said Jason Tomlin, manager of fire protection services.

The combined project costs of $887,000 were paid for entirely through grant funding.

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