There doesn’t appear to be any further cash coming from the B.C government for hazardous material response at the local level.
Addressing Council, Kamloops Fire and Rescue Chief Mike Adams says, it has become apparent the landscape has changed and that private contractors will play a more significant role in rapid spill response.
Adams says, there is no funding available from the provincial government for hazardous materials response.
“We have also met on a number of occasions at the provincial level with regards to a provincial spill response plan. and early on in the discussions, we were quite optimistic that there would be additional funding at the local level that is not proven recently, so we will continue to lobby at the regional level through the B.C Fire Chief Association for funding and training opportunities.”
Adams plans an audit of the Hazmat response by the fire department.