Road Rescue integration with Fire Services proposed

It looks likely that the Revelstoke Highway Rescue Society will merge to fall under the mandate of Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services.

It looks likely that the Revelstoke Highway Rescue Society will merge to fall under the mandate of Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services.

A staff report from Fire Chief Rob Girard notes the road rescue society is struggling with operational requirements and high liability insurance costs.

His report recommends the change of mandate in February, 2012. Many legal and technical changes will need to occur in the meantime.

The report notes a recent unanimous vote in favour of the direction of the change by volunteer firefighters and volunteer road rescue members.

Council will discuss the report at their July 26 meeting.

Although they both drive red trucks out of the fire hall, the road rescue society has operated as an independent organization from the fire department for historical, jurisdictional and funding-related reasons, amongst others.