Thompson-Nicola Regional District directors voted during their June 19 board meeting to renew the mutual aid agreements among the Clearwater, Vavenby and Blackpool fire departments.
The previous agreement had a five-year term, as will the new one.
Under a mutual aid agreement, one fire department can call in resources from another department if it is facing a problem too large for it to handle.
District of Clearwater town council, TNRD Blackpool fire committee and TNRD Vavenby fire committee all indicated support.
Vavenby water to get UV treatment
The TNRD directors also decided that $30,000 of federal Gas Tax – Community Works Fund revenue that had been allocated to Electoral Area P (River and the Peaks) be transferred, as a loan, to Electoral Area A (Wells Gray Country).
The money will be used to fund installation of UV treatment for the Vavenby community water system.
“The new equipment will enhance the quality of the local water supplied to residents by sterilizing any biological content that chlorination may miss,” said Tim Pennell, TNRD director for Area A (Wells Gray Country).
“This increases safety for area residents and brings us one step closer to meeting the stringent guidelines set out by the Interior Health Authority. I am very pleased to see these improvements taking place,” Pennell added.