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Fire hall for Monte Creek may go to referendum

The push for a fire hall in that area comes in the wake of a fatal fire earlier on June 8 on Hook Road. The fire occurred on property previously offered to the regional district by donation of the owner for a fire hall. That property would continue to be the location, should the fire hall move forward.
Hook Road fire
Flames engulf a house at 1257 Hook Rd. east of Kamloops on June 8, 2021. One person died in the blaze.

The chair of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District will recommend a satellite fire hall proposed for Monte Creek goes to referendum, following an information session with residents earlier this week.

On Sept. 28, the regional district held an information session in Pritchard to discuss the proposed Monte Creek fire hall, which would provide protection to Monte Creek, Lafarge and Deloro residents — essentially right to the City of Kamloops boundary in east Kamloops.

The push for a fire hall in that area comes in the wake of a fatal fire earlier on June 8 on Hook Road. The fire occurred on property previously offered to the regional district by donation of the owner for a fire hall. That property would continue to be the location, should the fire hall move forward.

Following the blaze, residents expressed concern about fire protection in the area, which is located outside the city boundaries of east Kamloops.

TNRD chair Ken Gillis told KTW the public information event on Sept. 28 was well-attended, with about 70 people.

Staff explained to residents who attended the possibility of having a referendum or petition in order to approve the addition of the service, which would require borrowing by the regional district, but be funded by residents in the area.

Gillis said that, in a poll of the room, only two people were opposed, indicating support for the initiative. Gillis said the board will now decide how to seek approval from the electorate. He said he and Area P director (Rivers and the Peaks) Mel Rothenburger are planning to recommend a referendum to the board. Gillis said it could go to the board in November.

“This will certainly add a tremendous advantage in terms of fire control to that Monte Creek, Lafarge area,” Gillis said.

The satellite fire hall would work in collaboration with the Pritchard fire hall, meaning they would share resources.