Lake Country Fire Department gets $30K for radio upgrade

Published on February 22, 2023 by Okanagan Journal

Photo: David Wylie/OJ
A Lake Country Fire Department truck is parked.

The Lake Country Fire Department will have up to $30,000 in provincial funding for a radio upgrade.

The portable radio safety compliance upgrade is part of $6.3 million in funding divvied up by 114 volunteer and composite fire departments throughout BC.

Funds are for equipment and training for communities to bolster their firefighting response.

“Many people across the province live in communities with fire services delivered by volunteer or part-volunteer fire departments, and they depend on those fire crews to keep them and their families safe when fires happen,” says Bowinn Ma, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness, in a press release.

“These fire crews have different challenges than most fire departments, and this funding will go a long way by supporting them to purchase new or replacement equipment and deliver training to their volunteers and staff.”

Funding came through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, which is administered through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.