KFD renews shipment
The Kelowna Fire Department will continue to provide dispatch services for three outside governments.
The fire department has renewed agreements with the City of Vernon, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and the Okanagan Indian Band to provide these services for the next five years.
Fire Chief Travis Whiting said the agreements replace previous five-year contracts that are due to expire at the end of the year.
The fire department will receive $2.285 million from the three governments over the term of the agreements, which expire at the end of 2027.
Vernon will pay $1.318 million, RDKB $863,000 and OKIB $104,000 over five years.
The department also renewed agreements to provide both dispatch and regional rescue service, including high-rise, ice and swift-water rescue, to the Central Okanagan Regional District.
The Kelowna Fire Department provides dispatch services for several Southern Interior cities and regional districts.
With the implementation of Next Generation 911 (NG911) on the horizon Whiting, in response to a question from Coun. Gail Given said the department was working on the eventual transition to the new system.
“There is going to be a significant investment required over the next few years when NG911 finally lands. However, we are in very good financial health under our capital replacement program, so we have already forecasted these costs over the next 10 next few years and we don’t see any additional impact,” Whiting said.
“That’s one of the things we’re pretty proud of with our center is that we made sure we put money aside and stayed ahead of the forecasted demand for NG911.”