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December 02, 2022 - 1:26pm
Wildfire Risk Reduction Project to Begin in Hidden Valley South
The Provincial Wildfire Risk Reduction Program will begin fuel reduction treatments in Hidden Valley South this week.
“We wanted to let residents and users of this area know they can expect to see an increase in activity in and around Hidden Valley over the next few months as this work is undertaken,” says RDEK Wildfire Resiliency Supervisor Terry Balan.
The Provincial Wildfire Risk Reduction Program is running the project and will be starting this week with an estimated completion date of March 2023.
November 20, 2022 - 11:39pm
One person has been transported to hospital following a structure fire on Highway 95 in Edgewater Sunday night.
“We received multiple calls regarding a mobile home fire just after 9pm this evening,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Drew Sinclair. “One person was in the home at the time of the fire and sustained burns. They have been transported via BC Ambulance to hospital for further assessment and treatment.”
A total of seven firefighters and three apparatus from Edgewater responded to the fire, along with an engine and five firefighters from Radium. “The firefighters...
November 17, 2022 - 4:28pm
Effective January 1, 2023 the Regional District of East Kootenay will be implementing a restructured development application fee schedule.
“The new fee structure was determined after in-depth consideration of the current direct costs to process applications such as staff time and the price of advertising. The RDEK’s Planning Service operates on a fee-for-service model and as a result, we have had to raise fees on most of our applications,” explains RDEK Planning Supervisor Karen MacLeod. “Our fee schedule had not been reviewed since 2012 and the costs associated with of processing...
November 16, 2022 - 2:58pm
The RDEK is auctioning off a 2011 F-150.
Auction closes: December 5, 2022 at 7:30pm ET
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November 13, 2022 - 8:03pm
Members of the Hosmer Fire Department responded to a structure fire this evening.
“Five pieces of apparatus and five firefighters responded to the call, which came in just after 6pm,” says Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Michael Hockley. “The homeowner did a good job of knocking down the flames until our team arrived and we remained on scene until all the hot spots were fully extinguished and cooled.”
The fire originated in an exterior wood burning unit, and while the exact cause is under investigation, it is not considered suspicious in nature.
November 12, 2022 - 2:04pm
Emergency crews responded to the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena Friday evening in response to an ammonia alarm inside the refrigeration plant.
“We have an emergency response plan that was immediately activated, the building was cleared and the fire department and chief engineer assessed the source of the alarm,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson.
There was one minute to play in a Columbia Valley Rockies game when the alarm went off and the building was evacuated.
“We have an emergency response plan that lays out our response any time we have an alarm. Our...
November 10, 2022 - 4:01pm
The annual election of Chair and Vice Chair was held at the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) today, the first meeting of the Board since the October General Local Elections.
Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay was elected Chair by acclamation and this will be his 12th year serving as Chair. “I am honoured to have been re-elected as Chair and look forward to working with the Board and staff as we continue to move this region forward,” says Gay. “With over 50% of the Directors around the table being newly elected or appointed, this is an exciting time for our Board. Watching us come...
October 27, 2022 - 10:27am
FireSmart Neighbourhood Champions Workshop
The East Kootenay FireSmart Program will be holding an educational networking day for Neighbourhood Champions of the program on November 19th.
“There are dozens of people across the Regional District who have stepped up to lead their communities toward making their homes and properties more resilient to wildfire,” says RDEK Wildfire Resiliency Supervisor Terry Balan. “We not only want to provide our Champions with further learning opportunities, but also the chance to network and learn more about the successes and challenges their fellow...
October 20, 2022 - 10:03am
We have been advised of an interruption in TELUS phone and 9-1-1 service affecting the community of Hosmer from 2:00am – 6:00am on October 26, 2022.
The outage will affect all residential and business phones beginning with an area code 250 and a local exchange of 423, and the following services will be unavailable during the outage:
All local calling within the Hosmer area, including inbound and outbound calls;
9-1-1 from a landline;
Dialing the 10-digit local non-emergency numbers;
The following services will remain available:
Dialing 9-1-1 from a Telus mobility cellular...
October 20, 2022 - 8:12am
Wildfire Risk Reduction Meeting to Be Held in Wasa
Wasa area residents are invited to attend a public meeting October 27 regarding a fuel reduction project in the community.
“The Wasa Wildfire Risk Reduction Project is underway on the south and east sides of Wasa and this meeting will provide residents with an update on the work being done,” says RDEK Wildfire Resilience Supervisor, Terry Balan. “Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the goals and objectives of the project, and provide input on the preliminary fuel reduction treatment plans.”
October 19, 2022 - 9:49am
Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service Offering Free CPR Courses
November is CPR Month, and the Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service (CVRFRS) is offering two free CPR courses to residents of the area.
“Our goal is to have as many CPR-trained community members as possible. Whether it’s a loved one, co-worker, or complete stranger, we want to make sure you are prepared to help save a life,” says CVRFRS Assistant Fire Chief Joss Advocaat. “The skills learned will give students the vital knowledge and confidence needed to act decisively when an emergency occurs. No certificate...
October 18, 2022 - 11:22am
The Invermere Transfer Station will be temporarily closed for three days next week as the RDEK paves the site.
“The entire site will be closed beginning Tuesday morning and we hope to have the paving wrapped up by Thursday evening so that we can open for regular hours on Friday,” says RDEK Solid Waste Superintendent, Jim Penson. “Having the site paved will improve the experience for all users of the site. We appreciate the public’s understanding as we make this upgrade with as minimal an impact on services as possible.”
The RDEK will be removing all bins from the facility to assist in...
October 13, 2022 - 4:15pm
Morrison Subdivision to Hold FireSmart Work Bee and Chipping Event
Residents of Morrison Subdivision are holding a FireSmart work bee and chipping event the weekend of October 28th – 30th and all residents of the subdivision are invited to take part.
“Fall is here, and it’s a great time to get proactive on your property ahead of next year’s wildfire season,” says Local FireSmart Representative Virginia Hermanson. “Cleaning out your gutters, removing fuels like leaves that have gathered against your home and pruning trees are all good habits to get into that will increase the wildfire...
October 13, 2022 - 3:23pm
Firefighter Fall Recruitment Drive Underway as RDEK Seeks to Boost Numbers
A firefighter recruitment drive is underway for the Columbia Valley and Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Services and the RDEK is appealing to residents to consider stepping forward to become part of the team.
“Our fire departments play a critical role in our communities, and we wouldn’t be able to provide the services we do without the dedicated firefighters we have on our team,” says Elk Valley & South Country Fire Chief Michael Hockley. “Our annual recruitment drive is on now and we are looking...
October 10, 2022 - 12:22pm
Members of the Windermere and Invermere Fire Departments responded to a structure fire early this morning on Arrow Road in Athalmer near the Highway 93/95 crossroads.
The fire was located at the new McDonalds Restaurant, which is still under construction, and Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service Assistant Chief Joss Advocaat says the crews did an excellent job of acting quickly to save the building. “We got the call just after 3:15am and thanks to the quick action of all responders, the structure has been saved although it did sustain significant damage.”
October 06, 2022 - 9:02am
Staffed Transfer Station and Landfill Thanksgiving Closures
The RDEK is reminding residents that all of its staffed transfer station and landfill locations will be closed this coming Monday, October 10 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
“This is one of only five days out of the year that our facilities are closed, so we wanted people to be aware to plan accordingly. If you’re planning on doing a fall clean-up this weekend, please make a trip to your local transfer station or landfill Sunday or Tuesday,” says RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “In addition to the facility...
September 20, 2022 - 3:31pm
A new fire hall is in the works for the community of Hosmer.
“I recognize the critical role the fire department plays for Hosmer and the surrounding areas in supporting our residents,” says RDEK Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. “Securing funding for the project has been a key priority for me this year and I’m grateful for the support of the Board in making it happen.”
A total of $4 million dollars in funding has been approved by the RDEK Board of Directors including $2.5 million from the Electoral Area A portion of the Elk Valley Mine Tax Sharing Fund and $1.5 million from the...
September 16, 2022 - 2:52pm
South Country Firefighters Demonstrate Vehicle Extrication
Members of our South Country Fire Departments successfully carried out a training exercise on vehicle extrication Thursday evening at the Baynes Lake Fire Hall.
“Having the opportunity for our departments to come together for an exercise like this not only builds teamwork but gives us a chance to continue to practice those skills,” says Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire Services Chief, Mike Hockley. “It’s critical that we practice elements like using hydraulic rescue tools to remove doors and roofs, as well as manipulating...
September 15, 2022 - 1:40pm
RDEK Electoral Areas A and G to Hold Community Meetings
The Regional District of East Kootenay will be holding community meetings in both Electoral Areas A and G later this month.
“With two of our longtime Area Directors retiring from office this fall, these meetings will be a final opportunity for them to meet with their constituents and provide both an overview of the accomplishments during their tenures and an update on current projects of note,” says RDEK Communications Manager, Loree Duczek. “The community meetings will also feature presentations on our regional firefighter...
September 13, 2022 - 10:35am
Baynes Lake Fire Hall Set to Demonstrate Vehicle Extrication
Members of our South Country Fire Departments will be taking part in a vehicle extrication exercise this Thursday.
“This is a great chance to see our firefighters in action and to learn more about the services we provide to our communities,” says Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire Services Chief, Mike Hockley. “We are in search of new recruits at our Baynes Lake, Jaffray, and Elko Fire Departments right now. This type of exercise can really show the kind of impact on the community that joining our team can make. If you’ve...
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