Fort St. James Volunteer Fire Department – Recruitment

LOOKING FOR A REWARDING CHALLENGE - aug 2016JOIN THE FORT ST. JAMES FIRE DEPARTMENT TODAY

Receive: Certified training/courses, experience and skill development in the most unique and challenging environment. We need you to be part of our amazing team!!

Application pick-up/drop off at the Fort St. James District Office

or call 250-996-8670/email: nancy@fortstjames.ca

Application drop off deadline is September 2nd at noon.

Fort St. James now allows backyard hens!

Fort St. James residents living in R-1 (Residential- Single Family) are now allowed to keep up to four hens for personal use. On June 22nd 2016 Council adopted the amending Bylaw No. 962 which allows residents to keep hens in their backyards. Absolutely NO ROOSTERS permitted. For more information check out the Backyard Hen brochure.

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Luck Bay Fire Protection Update

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PRESS RELEASE

May 26, 2016

The Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) reduced the Luck Bay Fire Protection Area’s status to “unprotected” as of December 15, 2015.  While this may have an impact on home insurance rates for residents in the Luck Bay area, it does not change the Fort St. James Fire Department’s commitment to responding to all incidents within its fire protection areas.

The District of Fort St. James and the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako have taken several actions towards finding solutions to meet the minimum Fire Underwriter Service requirements for protected status.  We would like to inform the public of the progress made to date.

  • Fort St. James Fire Department (FSJFD) undertook an emergency intake of new recruits and a recruit course specifically for the Luck Bay area. This recruit course ended April 16th with two new recruits from the Luck Bay area completing the training.  A returning member was granted a shortened probationary period to more quickly increase the number of Fire Fighters.
  • In addition to the emergency intake, there has been a regularly scheduled FSJFD recruit course that began April 18th with one recruit from the Luck Bay area.
  • FSJFD has been working with the FUS to better understand their rating system in order to set realistic goals toward meeting their requirements for “protected” status. This is an ongoing conversation.  The Fire Underwriters’ Survey system is complex, with points given based on several criteria including; firefighter distance from home to the fire hall, distance from work to the fire hall, whether the person lives here year-round, level of training etc.
  • The Fire Chief has implemented improved communication within the department, and has kept the Chief Administrative Officer, Mayor and Council and the Regional District informed of all developments.

We have not yet been able to meet the Fire Underwriters’ Survey requirements for an improved rating. While several new members have been recruited, there have also been some resignations. At present the FSJFD has 37 active members with 7 living in the Luck Bay area. Recruitment and retention of fire fighters is a continual struggle throughout British Columbia.

We encourage Luck Bay Residents to consider joining the FSJFD.  We are particularly in need of fire fighters who are able to respond to calls in Luck Bay during daytime hours. Applications are always available at the Fort St. James District office for pick-up/drop-off.  The deadline for the next recruit intake is noon on September 2nd.

For more information please contact:

Kevin Crook, Chief Administrative Officer
District of Fort St. James
Phone: 250-996-8233
Fax: 250-996-2248
Email: cao@fortstjames.ca

Or

Deborah Jones-Middleton
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako
Phone: 1-800-320-3339
Fax: 250-692-3305
Email: deborahjm@rdbn.bc.ca

Luck Bay Fire Hall Remains Open

Media Release – 29 January 2016

A rumour that the Sowchea/Luck Bay Fire Hall may be closing is not true. The District of Fort St. James and the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako would like to publicly state that there is no plan to close the Sowchea/Luck Bay Fire Hall or to discontinue fire protection services in the Sowchea/Luck Bay Rural Fire Protection Services Areas.

The Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) have downgraded the Luck Bay Rural Fire Protection Service Area, which is the area west of Colony Point consisting of approximately 78 residences, from a 3B to a 5 rating which is termed ‘Unprotected’. The reason the FUS downgraded the rating is due to the fire department not having enough fire fighters able to meet the FUS’s requirement for responses to incidents in the Luck Bay Rural Fire Protection Service Area.

The 5 Rating may result in the residences in the Luck Bay Rural Fire Protection Area experiencing an increase in property insurance rates.
The District of Fort St. James Fire Department will continue to respond to all calls in the Luck Bay Rural Fire Protection Area to the best of its ability with available resources.

At a meeting held on January 28th, District of Fort St. James Mayor and Council members and the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Electoral Area ‘C’ Director met with fire fighters and local government staff to talk about solutions to meet the minimum FUS requirements for protected status in a timely manner.

These actions will include:
– An immediate intake of new recruits, in addition to the scheduled Spring intake
– Enhancement of training opportunities
– Working with the FUS to better understand their rating system in order to set realistic goals toward meeting their requirements for protected status
– Development of a plan to improve communications both inter-departmentally and with the public.

District of Fort St. James Mayor and Council and the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Electoral Area ‘C’ Director will hold a public meeting, the date to be announced, once the details of these actions have been determined.

For more information please contact:
Kevin Crook, Chief Administrative Officer
District of Fort St. James
Phone: 250-996-8233
Fax: 250-996-2248

Gail Chapman, Chief Administrative Officer
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako
Phone: 1-800-320-3339
Fax: 250-692-3305
Email: district@fortstjames.ca Email: inquiries@rdbn.bc.ca

Community Centre Grand Opening – October 3

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District of Fort St. James and Fort St. James Community Foundation present:
Grand Opening Celebration
Fort St. James Community Centre
Saturday October 3th, 2015
All Ages Open House 1PM – 3PM
Adults Only Gala 7PM – 10PM
Pick up your free gala tickets at the District office

Community Foundation Growing The Community

The District of Fort St. James is happy to announce that the Fort St. James Community Foundation has recently reached a balance of $243,000. The District is excited to partner with the Foundation by having provided $25,000 in matching grants since 2013.

The community groups that have benefited from Community Foundation funding this year were:

  • Tl’azt’en Nation
  • Stuart Lake Golf Club,
  • Healthy Minds Peer Support
  • Fort St. James Music Makers
  • Stuart Lake Seniors
  • Stuart Lake Outreach Society

A total of $8,000 was granted to these organizations, funding an exciting boat building project, a community garden located behind the Fort St James District Office, supporting the food bank lunch program, purchasing new audio equipment for community use, providing medical transportation to seniors, and purchasing new equipment for the Golf Course Club House. Granting by the Community Foundation will continue to grow as more donations are made, contributing to their goal of $1,000,000 in investments by 2020.

Interest earned from the Foundation’s investments is then distributed to the community in the form of grants and scholarships, providing long-term, sustainable funding for Fort St. James.

Congratulations Fort St James Community Foundation! Please visit the Fort St James Community Foundation website for more information or to donate.

 

Community FOundation Board Directors 2014

(Photo of 2014 Community Foundation Board Directors, courtesy of Ruth Lloyd Photo and Writing)

Fort St. James – Carbon Neutral Since 2013

CAC-logo2014-CN-CMYK-printCarbon Neutral_company_4CAs a Charter signatory to the Climate Action Charter, the District of Fort St. James has demonstrated its commitment to work with the Province and the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) to take action on climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its corporate operations and the broader community.

We have met the goal of corporate carbon neutrality for the 2014 reporting year and have been awarded Level 3 recognition – ‘Achievement of Carbon Neutrality’ –  by the Green Communities Committee (a joint provincial/UBCM committee).  Click to view the District’s Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program report for 2014.

We’re proud to take action against climate change and be a carbon neutral local government for a second year. We have measured our total greenhouse gas emissions, reduced them as much as possible and offset the difference with Offsetters, a BC-based carbon management company.

We have chosen to invest in two different initiatives this year:

  • The Great Bear Forest Carbon Project, an Improved Forest Management project, which generates emission reductions by protecting forest areas that were previously designated, sanctioned or approved for commercial logging.
  • Selkirk Mountain/Darkwoods Project, a conservation and connectivity project.  The project area connects to existing parks and wildlife management areas to form a contiguous wilderness area of 255,000 acres (103,000 hectares). This connectivity is important for large ranging species such as Grizzly Bear and Mountain Caribou. The immense size of the project is also a perfect example of “landscape scale” conservation, which allows a network of interconnected habitats to continue as a complete, functioning landscape. This is not only good for the health of the ecosystem as a whole, it provides room for the plants and animals in the area to expand as needed to alleviate the affects of climate change or other natural events such as forest fires or drought.

Business Façade Improvement Program

132_0795The appearance of a community can create a sense of appreciation and civic pride for citizens, and make a place more attractive for visitors to that community. We believe that the building frontages of the business community of Fort St. James should be a reflection of how our town is valued by its citizens, the character and quality we uphold, and the quality of life we welcome.

The District of Fort St. James is pleased to provide the Business Façade Improvement Program to give monetary assistance as an incentive to buildings/ business owners, to improve the character and physical appearance of their buildings, while allowing them to assert their identity.

We intend that this Program will:

– Make our downtown community a more inviting and interesting place to eat, shop, walk and play

– Promote the marketability of commercial ventures, to visitors and residents of Fort St. James

– Help building owners to attract and retain tenants

– Improve the quality of life residents, workers and visitors to our community enjoy

– Build civic pride among business community and citizens

Detailed program information can be found at https://fortstjames.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=17838 and the Application Form can be found at https://fortstjames.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=17839.  Please contact Emily Colombo the District Office if you have any further questions.

IMPROVEMENTS TO EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE

 As a result of funding from the federal government, the District of Fort St. James has been able to further protect the safety and health of its citizens during emergencies and disasters.  For more information visit https://fortstjames.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=15816