Regardless of the size of a jurisdiction there may be times when the jurisdiction might require additional resources. A large fire or other emergency can quickly exhaust the resources of any single jurisdiction. Large fires may require additional manpower, equipment and supplies.
On June 6, 2012, the mayors from Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake and Fort St. James signed a mutual aid agreement for Fire and Rescue Services that will help to enable the three municipalities to legally and promptly access on another’s resources, provide each with a better understanding of the development and use of specialized resources that are difficult and costly to provide and will provide some cost recovery to responding departments.
The agreement took effect on April 1, 2012 and will remain in effect for five years.
Emergency response frequently requires a rapid deployment of resources. This agreement is intended to minimize delay in securing additional or specialized resources from each neighbouring municipality.
Mayor Gerry Thiessen, Mayor Rob MacDougall and Mayor Dwayne Lindstrom all agreed that this agreement continues to demonstrate that working together on common issues benefits everyone. The three mayors want to thank Fire Chief Joe Pacheco, Fire Chief Rob Bennett and Fire Chief Dave Balding for their work on the Mutual Aid Agreement.