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January 11, 2024 at 9:47 am  BC, News, Politics, Provincial

The CEPF is administered through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and funds projects that support First Nations and local governments to better prepare for disasters and reduce risks from natural hazards in a changing climate.

Volunteer and composite fire departments, local governments and First Nations throughout British Columbia will receive more than $6.2 million from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund as follows:

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Equipment and training for the fire department to enhance sustainability and readiness for fire protection in their communities
Regional partners: Beaver Creek, Sproat Lake, Bamfield
Approved funding: $85,354

Armstrong – Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) bottle replacement
Approved funding: $30,000

Atlin Community Improvement District – Purchase of turnout gear, air cylinders, hoses and nozzles, and training
Approved funding: $29,000

Barriere – Fire-rescue training and equipment
Approved funding: $10,530

Big Lake Volunteer Fire/Rescue – Ensuring Fire/Rescue has adequate capacity to serve the community
Approved funding: $26,994.43

Blue River Improvement District – Fire department equipment and training grant
Approved funding: $29,439.20

Bow Horn Bay Volunteer Fire Department – Emergency-breathing safety system (EBSS) equipment and training
Approved funding: $30,000

Bowen Island Municipality – Engine 33 outfitting
Approved funding: $30,000

Bralorne Fire Protection Association – Fire protection equipment and turnout-gear updates
Approved funding: $30,000

Capital Regional District – Fire department training and equipment project 2024
Regional partners: East Sooke, North Galiano, Otter Point, Shirley, Willis Point, Port Renfrew
Approved funding: $179,439.98

Cariboo Regional District Volunteer fire department emergency-response improvement project
Regional partners: 108 Mile, 150 Mile, Barlow Creek, Bouchie Lake, Deka Lake, Forest Grove, Interlakes, Kersley, Lac La Hache, Lone Butte, Miocene, Ten Mile, West Fraser, Wildwood
Approved funding: $357,937.22

Central Kootenay Regional District Fire-services training program – 2024
Regional partners: Balfour-Harrop, Beasley, Blewett, Crescent Valley, Kaslo, North Shore, Ootischenia, Pass Creek, Passmore, Riondel, Robson, Slocan, Tarry’s, Winlaw, Yahk-Kingsate, Ymir
Approved funding: $473,602

Central Okanagan Regional District Joe Rich fire-rescue SCBA pack purchase and upgrade, North Westside fire-rescue hose replacement, Wilson’s Landing Fire Department live fire-training prop upgrade and Ellison fire-extinguisher training equipment
Regional partners: Joe Rich, Ellison, North Westside, Wilson’s Landing
Approved funding: $115,475.60

Central Saanich – Structural Protection Unit (SPU) improvement project
Approved funding: $30,000

Chase – Air compressor to fill SCBA cylinders 
Approved funding: $30,000

Cherry Creek Improvement District – SCBA pack replacements
Approved funding: $30,000

Chetwynd – Fire department apparatus upgrades
Approved funding: $29,284.25

Chilliwack – Situational awareness training building
Approved funding: $30,000

Chimney & Felker Lakes Volunteer Fire Department – Structural turnout-gear replacement and training
Approved funding: $23,595.32

Clearwater – Fire department training props and equipment
Approved funding: $25,661

Cluculz Lake Volunteer Fire Department – 2023 training and equipment update
Approved funding: $29,904.95

Comox – Cancer mitigation, washer
Approved funding: $30,000

Comox Valley Regional District Fire departments
Regional partners: Denman Island, Hornby Island, Fanny Bay, Union Bay, Oyster River, Merville, Mt. Washington
Approved funding: $208,750

Cortes Island Fire Fighting Association – Wildfire-response capacity building
Approved funding: $30,000

Cowichan Bay Improvement District – Improving structure fire response: SCBA
Approved funding: $30,000

Cowichan Tribes – 2023 fire-service equipment
Approved funding: $22,000

Cowichan Valley Regional District Equipment purchase and training
Regional partners: North Oyster, Malahat, Mesachie Lake, Sahtlam, Honeymoon Bay, Youbou, Caycuse
Approved funding: $210,000

Cranberry Improvement District – SCBA air compressor replacement
Approved funding: $30,000

Cumberland – Phase Two for exterior fire ground training
Approved funded: $30,000

Dawson Creek – On-call firefighter PPE and pagers
Approved funding: $30,000

Deep Bay Improvement District – Equipment for new engine
Approved funding: $30,000

Ditidaht First Nation – Nitinaht Lake Fire Department
Approved funding: $26,000

Duncan – Fire department redevelopment project – Training
Approved funding: $30,000

East Kootenay Regional District Fire-services equipment upgrades 2023
Regional partners: Jaffray, Baynes Lake, Elko, Hosmer, Windermere, Edgewater, Fairmont, Panorama
Approved funding: $228,900

Elkford – Live fire training
Approved funding: $30,000

Erris Volunteer Fire Association – Firefighter training prop
Approved funding: $30,000

Extension Volunteer Fire Department – Equipment purchase to enhance fire-response capabilities
Approved funding: $30,000

Fernie – Fire training and equipment replacement
Approved funding: $30,000

Fort St. James – Bunker gear and laundry facilities
Approved funding: $30,000

Fraser Valley Regional District Electoral Area Fire Department 2023 Grant
Regional partners: Boston Bar/North Bend, Chilliwack River Valley, Columbia Valley, Hemlock Valley, North Fraser, Popkum, Yale
Approved funding: $210,000

Fraser-Fort George Regional District – Emergency-response equipment improvement project
Regional partners: Bear Lake, Beaverly, Buckhorn, Ferndale/Tabor, Hixon, McBride, Ness Lake, Pilot Mountain, Pineview, Red Rock/Stoner, Salmon Valley, Shell-Glen, Valemount
Approved funding: $390,000

Gabriola Fire Protection Improvement District – SCBA inventory enhancement
Approved funding: $30,000

Gillies Bay Improvement District – Upgrading tools and training
Approved funding: $27,112

Gitwangak Band – Fire-department and emergency-services equipment upgrade
Approved funding: $27,827

Gold River – Equipment procurement
Approved funding: $29,960

Golden – Training and equipment
Approved funding: $24,884.16

Grand Forks – Forcible-entry training prop and replacement hose
Approved funding: $29,976

Granisle – 2024 fire department updates
Approved funding: $30,000

Hazelton – Emergency and fire protection upgrades
Approved funding: $30,000

Hope – Fire equipment and training
Approved funding: $30,000

Houston – Protective clothing and equipment
Approved funding: $27,268.76

Hudson’s Hope – SCBA replacement project
Approved funding: $25,553

Invermere – Equipment and training
Approved funding: $30,000

Kent – Automatic fire-detection training and PPE compliance
Approved funding: $30,000

Kimberley – Dual certified turnout-gear project
Approved funding: $27,900

Kitimat-Stikine Regional District Thornhill portable radio upgrade, Dease Lake fire-training centre
Regional partners: Thornhill, Dease Lake
Approved funding: $60,000

Kootenay-Boundary Regional District Firefighter tools and equipment; Christina Lake: firefighter PPE, equipment and training; Big White: firefighter PPE and equipment purchase; Beaverdell: radios, wildland equipment, shop tools 
Regional partners: Christina Lake, Big White, Beaverdell
Approved funding: $118,644.13

Lake Babine Nation – Tachet and Fort Babine firehall equipment replacement
Approved funding: $30,000

Lake Country – Wildland urban interface personal protective equipment
Approved funding: $30,000

Lake Cowichan – Enhancing firefighting capacity
Approved funding: $29,488

Langley City – Community risk reduction through public education and wildfire training
Approved funding: $25,927.80

Masset – Breathing equipment upgrade
Approved funding: $30,000

Metchosin – Apparatus equipment update
Approved funding: $29,272

Mountain Fire Protection District – Personal protective equipment for new volunteer firefighters
Approved funding: $30,000

Nadleh Whut’en First Nation – Fire department enhancement project
Approved funding: $29,880.94

Nanaimo Regional District District wildfire-response equipment and PPE
Regional partners: Coombs-Hilliers, Dashwood, Nanoose Bay, Qualicum Beach
Approved funding: $119,545.48

Nelson – Fire officer 1 training and rapid intervention firefighter-safety devices
Approved funding: $30,000

New Hazelton – Fire department equipment upgrades
Approved funding: $25,000

North Cedar Improvement District – Phase 1 wildland equipment purchase
Approved funding: $30,000

North Cowichan – Wildland personal protective equipment
Approved funding: $30,000

North Okanagan Regional District 2023 equipment and training
Regional partners: BX-Swan Lake, Silver Star, Lumby
Approved funding: $67,000

North Saanich – Volunteer personal protective equipment
Approved funding: $30,000

Northern Rockies Regional Municipality – Structural protection unit and training
Approved funding: $30,000

Nuxalk First Nation – Emergency and fire-protection upgrades
Approved funding: $29,784

Ocean Fall Improvement District – Fire department update, knowledge-seeking project and safety update
Approved funding: $10,000

Oliver – Enhancing fire services: SCBA investments
Approved funding: $30,000

Peachland – Firefighter personal protective clothing
Approved funding: $30,000

Pemberton – Forcible-entry door stimulator
Approved funding: $14,496.54

Pender Harbour Fire Protection District – Equipment and training upgrade
Approved funding: $25,556.13

Pinantan Lake Fire Association – Structure protection equipment enhancement
Approved funding: $28,056.03

Port Alice – Fire department SCBAs
Approved funding: $30,000

Port Clements – 2024 equipment upgrades
Approved funding: $29,443

Port Edward – Volunteer fire department
Approved funding: $30,000

Port Hardy – Phase II: modular fire-training facility
Approved funding: $30,000

Pouce Coupe – Fire skid unit
Approved funding: $30,000

Princeton – 2023 fire department grant
Approved funding: $30,000

Qathet Regional District Health and Wellness Initiative Funding for Northside, Savary, Malaspina and Lasqueti Island volunteer fire departments
Regional partners: Northside, Savary Island, Malaspina, Lasqueti Island
Approved funding: $96,000

Quesnel – Essential fire-officer training
Approved funding: $28,000

Salmo – Fire department equipment renewal 2023
Approved funding: $29,343.43

Salmon Arm – Equipment and training grant
Approved funding: $29,250.26

Sandspit Volunteer Fire Department – Basic Equipment Grant 2023
Approved funding: $30,000

Savona Improvement District – Training and equipment
Approved funding: $21,000

Seabird Island Band – Firefighting equipment and training
Approved funding: $30,000

Sechelt Fire Protection District – Class B car training prop
Approved funding: $30,000

Ships Point Improvement District – Training facility and equipment upgrade
Approved funding: $30,000

Sicamous – Fire department 2023
Approved funding: $30,000

Sidney – Structure protection training
Approved funding: $8,000

Simpcw First Nation – Chu Chu Volunteer Fire Department – Communication, lighting and imaging upgrades
Approved funding: $30,000

Skeetchestn Indian Band – Fire department equipment
Approved funding: $30,000

Skwláx te SecwepemcúlewStructural protection unit
Approved funding: $29,793.72

Smithers – Radio communication upgrade
Approved funding: $26,786.46

South Quadra Island Fire Protection District – Structure protection sprinklers
Approved funding: $11,400

Southside Volunteer Fire Department – Quick deploy structure protection equipment
Approved funding: $30,000

Sparwood – Fighter training and equipment upgrades
Approved funding: $10,007.39

Summerland – Portable radio upgrade
Approved funding: $29,925

Sunshine Coast Regional District Fire department continuous improvement
Regional partners: Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Halfmoon Bay, Egmont
Approved funding: $120,000

Sunshine Valley Volunteer Fire Department – Phase 2: structure protection
Approved funding: $29,811.51

Tahltan Nation – Fire suppression and community protection enhancement
Approved funding: $30,000

Tahsis – Training and equipment
Approved funding: $29,878.20

Taylor – 2023 training and equipment project
Approved funding: $21,770

Telkwa – Firefighting equipment and gear
Approved funding: $30,000

Thetis Island Improvement District – SCBA upgrade
Approved funding: $30,000

Thompson-Nicola Regional District Regional fire department equipment and training project
Regional partners: Blackpool, Vavenby, Loon Lake, South Green Lake, Tobiano, Pritchard, Little Fort, McLure, Monte Creek
Approved funding: $270,000

Tl’azt’en Nation – Operation fire department 2023
Approved funding: $29,110.19

Tla’amin Nation – Fire department equipment purchase
Approved funding: $30,000

Topley Fire Protection Society – Topley fire training and equipment
Approved funding: $24,000

Ucluelet – Fire rescue turnout gear 2023
Approved funding: $28,964.08

Van Anda Improvement District – Increased capacity for forest-fire fighting and training
Approved funding: $24,644

Vanderhoof – Hands-on training sessions and PPE
Approved funding: $30,000

Watch Lake-North Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department – Turnout gear replacement and safety equipment update
Approved funding: $28,560

Whistler – Fire officer training
Approved funding: $30,000

Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi ‘it First Nation – SCBA update program
Approved funding: $30,000

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