Two fire halls in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District are among 10 across the province receiving upgrades via provincial and federal infrastructure funding.
Both the Vavenby and Blackpool fire halls will undergo construction of an additional apparatus bay to house a structural protection unit, a large storage unit for fire protection equipment. These types of units help firefighters respond more quickly and effectively and help protect assets such as individual homes, cabins, ranches and other businesses.
Funding comes from the Canada Infrastructure Program's new COVID-19 Community Resilience stream. All 10 firehall projects have a combined budget of $8.8 million, with Ottawa contributing about $7.1 million and Victoria chipping in about $1.7 million.