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North Westside Road BC Fire Rescue

Local North Westside Road BC Fire Dept.

RDCO Minutes of the Meetings 2010 - 2017

This is not the official website of the North Westside Road BC Fire Rescue.

And don't get confused between the North Westside Fire Rescue with the Westside Fire Dept (West Kelowna) because they are two different entities.

North Westside Fire is out Westside Road BC and Westside Fire Dept. is now called West Kelowna Fire Dept. since Westbank was renamed West Kelowna.

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Open burning starts October 15th, 2011 and ends April 30, 2012

Oct. 15, 2011 new toll-free Outdoor Burning Hotline: 1-855-262-2876

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2013

As a paid on call firefighter, the RDCO rates per hour are $15 for a firefighter and $17 for a lieutenant. Captains, Assistant Chiefs, and Chiefs get paid $19, $22, and $25 per hour respectively.

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Finances

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Fines 2011 .pdf icon Item 6.1 Amendments to Ticket Information Utilization Bylaw

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FYI - Ridgeview Fire Budget is also part of the North Westside Road Fire Protection Area.  Ridgeview is La Casa.

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These two Consolidated Fire Bylaws below, were downloaded from RDCO's website on March 20th, 2015

RDCO Consolidated Fire Prevention and Regulations Bylaw 1066

RDCO Consolidated Smoke Control Bylaw 773

Map of the North Westside Road Fire Protection Local Service Area.

.pdf icon RDCO's Map of Fire Protection Boundaries

.pdf icon Consolidated Smoke Control Bylaw No. 773, 2013

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Used 2000 Day Tractor Purchase

2005 Fire Truck Referendum

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Online Fire Science Degree

This is a great resource for information

http://onlinefiresciencedegree.org/firefighter-resources/

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Rural Property Tax Notice 2012-2018

FINTRY PROPERTY TAX RATES FROM RURAL PROPERTY TAX NOTICE 2012 - 2018

Population 2007 2,100

2012 Draft Budget

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
                 
School   1.9757 2.0191 2.0389 1.9680 1.8472    
Provincial Rural Tax   .5300 .5500 .5600 .5700 .5600    
Central Okanagan Hospital   .3441 .3609 .3590 .3567 .3332    
BC Assessment Authority   .0599 .0610 .0619 .0596 .0543    
Municipal Finance Authority   .0002 .0002 .0002 .0002 .0002    
Central Okanagan RD   1.1190 1.1901 1.1886 1.0155 1.2015    
Sterile Insect (L)   .0475 .0480 .0484 .0470 .0447    
Central Okan RD (l)   .0071 .0097

Previously called Westside Tax on Buildings

J Buildings (I) Previously called Central Okan RD (l) .0140 .0183 .0147    
N. Westside Rd Fire

.8035

.8470 .9093 .9455 1.0210 .9900    
Weed Control   .0023 .0026 .0028 .0027 .0024    
Police Tax started in 2007   .0725 .0909 .0981 .1002 .0935    
Killiney Beach Community Hall Tax   .0504 .0477 .0526 .0529 .0507    
Totals from above   5.0557 5.2895 5.3700 5.2121 5.1924    
Waste/Environment Management   $47.90 $42.36 $29.93 $26.59 $28.70    
Upper Fintry Water     $859.95 $859.95 $859.95 $859.95    
   

* The N&R Home Owner Grant is the longstanding Home Owner Grant combined with the new Northern and Rural Area Home Owner Benefit of up to $200 that is available in northern and rural areas.

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FINTRY PROPERTY TAX RATES FROM RURAL PROPERTY TAX NOTICE 2004 - 2011

Population 2007 2,100 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
                 
Provincial School Tax 3.5525 2.9577 2.6465 2.1634 1.8995 1.9500 1.9954 1.9418
Provincial Rural Tax .9500 .8100 .7000 .5900 .5000 .5200 .5200 .5200
Central Okanagan Hospital .3466 .3085 .3471 .2922 .2559 .2679 .3121 .3240
BC Assessment Authority .1057 .0920 .0816 .0677 .0615 .0641 .0664 .0621
Municipal Finance Authority .0003 .0003 .0003 .0003 .0002 .0002 .0002 .0002
Westside Central Okanagan Regional 1.5920 1.3862 1.3408 1.1314 .8672 .8686 1.0351 1.0171
Sterile Insect (L) .1720 .1382 .0792 .0588 .0475 .0478 .0471 .0466
Westside Tax on Buildings .0063 .0056 .0067 .0085 .0064

Now called Central Okan RD (l)

Central Okan RD (l)

Previously called Westside Tax on Buildings

.0229 .0150 .0661
N. Westside Rd Fire 1.4075 1.4082 1.2542 1.0779 .7594 .7372 .7883 .7875
Weed Control .0039 .0036 .0035 .0032 .0022 .0025 .0023 .0023
Police Tax

Not charged police tax until 2007

.1076 .0429 .0617 .0806 .0905
Killiney Beach Community Hall Tax            
Totals from above 8.1368 7.1103 6.4599 5.5010 4.4427 4.5429 4.8625 4.8582
Waste/Environment Management $39.67 $39.11 $38.56 $41.43 $51.95 $51.95 $94.68 $88.04
North Westside Fire Truck Referendum (for 5 yrs) $.00 $.00 $52.62 $52.65 $52.60 $52.40 $52.40 5 yr ref.
has ended
 

* The N&R Home Owner Grant is the longstanding Home Owner Grant combined with the new Northern and Rural Area Home Owner Benefit of up to $200 that is available in northern and rural areas.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Fire Callouts Statistics December 2009 to December 2010
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From page 8 of .pdf icon RDCO's 2010 Annual Report

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Mother very grateful
Vernon Morning Star - Jun 23rd, 2017 - letters/opinion

I am responding to a May 31 article by Richard Rolke titled, Dirt biker injury prompts warning.

I am the mother of the injured dirt biker, my beloved son Troy. He was riding on very familiar trails with his buddy Josh McColl. He was very seriously injured when he suddenly left the trail and collided with two trees, sustaining fractures of his femur, hip and pelvis.

He left the house with his 16-year-old daughter Kolby insisting he take his cell phone, but as Jason and Troy were only going for one hour, he saw this as unnecessary. But Troy eventually agreed.

Thank goodness she did as a call reached Jason’s house alerting the kids and local retired firefighter Dave Robertson that Troy was “broken.” Dave was able to quad to the scene within minutes of the accident.

Calls were placed to 911 and Troy’s friend Jason rode to intercept North Westside Fire Rescue waiting at the bottom of the mountain with two B.C. Ambulance members.

Jason Satterthwaite and Dalton Charlebois, from North Westside Fire Rescue, and the ambulance paramedics promptly arrived within one hour, taking over the scene from Dave, who had Troy calm and protected in a thermal blanket. As darkness fell, Vernon Search and Rescue was called in as it was too dark to bring in a helicopter.

I need to emphasize again that Troy would have died on that mountain if it were not for the exceptional response by NWFR and those two amazing paramedics. The paramedics were able to administer pain relief, reduce his leg and showed tremendous professionalism on scene until SAR arrived.

Again, the dirt bikers and Dave left the scene to guide SAR up the mountain in pitch black. The crew was able to carry Troy to their ATVs on a stretcher and he was down to the ambulance by midnight.

Troy was taken to Kelowna General Hospital where he received great care.

Once again, my heartfelt thanks to North Westside Fire Rescue, the B.C. Ambulance paramedics, Vernon Search and Rescue and his friends and family for working together to save my son.

Joyce McMillan
North Westside

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/opinion/mother-very-grateful/

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Open Burning Out of Season Fine is $350

We called the North Westside Road Fire Dept July 14, 2015 to ask if the people who started the brush fire on purpose during a campfire ban, would receive a fine.  The North Westside Fire Chief told us he cannot disclose if these people will receive a fine or not because that is confidential, but we were told that a fine for this is called Open Burning Out of Season and it is a $350 fine.  Anyway its not confidential because we can get the information through the Freedom of Information Act.

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North Westside crews tackle fire, accident
Vernon Morning Star - by Richard Rolke - Apr 28th, 2017

Firefighters respond to vehicle rollover and a tree fire Friday morning

North Westside firefighters were scrambling Friday.

At 9:35 a.m., firefighters responded to a vehicle flipped over in the 8500 block of Westside Road.

“Driver reported hitting a deer and loosing control,” said Jason Satterthwaite, North Westside fire chief.

Paramedics took the motorist to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with minor injuries.

And just as the volunteer firefighters were returning to the hall, they were called out to a fire above Westshore Road at 11:45 a.m.

“Crews were lead by a pair of dirt bikers in the forest area,” said Satterthwaite.

“A single burning tree was found 2 kilometres in the bush. Crews were quickly able to extinguish the flames.”

It’s not known if the fire was human caused or started by lightning.



Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/north-westside-crews-tackle-fire-accident/

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North Westside flooding continues
Vernon Morning Star - by Richard Rolke - Apr 26th, 2017

North Westside firefighters keep busy as high water creates challenges

Rising water levels continue to keep North Westside residents and emergency crews on edge.

Sandbagging was done in Valley of the Sun Tuesday night, but it’s not the only subdivision being impacted by flooding.

“It’s all through the North Westside area,” said Jason Satterthwaite, North Westside fire chief.

Fuelling the flooding are surface and groundwater sources.

“Groundwater is coming over banks we haven’t seen before,” said Satterthwaite.

In the Valley of the Sun subdivision, the problems have been around Lambert Creek.

And weather patterns are also proving challenging.

“It won’t take much for the rain to change things further,” said Satterthwaite.

There’s been a quick response to flooding in the North Westside Road area by firefighters.

While Tuesday night is generally set aside for practices, North Westside firefighters spent the evening sandbagging.

“Our guys have been out a lot,” said Satterthwaite.

Sandbags and sand are available at the main North Westside fire hall Station at 514 Udell Road for any property owner that might be concerned about protecting their property. Contact the department to obtain sandbags at 250-545-1195.

Residents wishing to report new flooding should contact 911 and ask for North Westside Fire Rescue.

Information and pamphlets on flood preparedness, including a recommended method for sandbag diking, are available at www.cordemergency.ca.



Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/north-westside-flooding-continues/

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Regional district responds (North Okanagan)
Vernon Morning Star - Apr 7th, 2017

Regional districts provide the ability for municipalities and electoral areas to partner in the delivery of services that may be more cost or quality effective to deliver together.

For many years, the partnership for the delivery of fire dispatch in the North Okanagan worked very well. A key element of any successful partnership, however, is the ability to periodically re-evaluate and go in different directions if goals and interests of the partners diverge.

In the spirit of this re-evaluation process, the regional district’s fire dispatch service was the subject of a service review, which was completed in October 2007.

As a result of this review process, the City of Vernon, which was also the service provider, chose to withdraw from the fire dispatch service. The remaining partners, acting on a recommendation from the service review, initiated a request for proposal (RFP) process in order to consider all possible service delivery options. The terms outlining the service objectives were defined, and the City of Vernon was invited to submit a proposal to deliver this service.

The regional district issued the RFP in May 2010. Ultimately, the City of Vernon chose not to submit a proposal to the RFP, stating in a letter: “It is our belief that Vernon has provided a service delivery and funding model for fire dispatch to all North Okanagan stakeholders and, as such, will not be responding to your RFP.”

Due to purchasing law governing local governments, the regional district cannot prevent any independent organization from submitting a proposal in response to an open RFP, and it can only evaluate proposals received in accordance to the RFP request.

Through the RFP evaluation process, the regional district identified Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) as the successful bidder and entered into a contract with FVRD. The partnership with FVRD, with regard to its delivery of the fire dispatch service, continues to be successful, both from a service quality and cost perspective.

While the North Okanagan municipalities and electoral areas have many successful service partnerships through the regional district, the regional district recognizes and supports the continued efforts of any local government to investigate alternative means of delivering services in a cost effective manner. It also supports the autonomy of jurisdictions to make the decisions it feels best to serve the interests of its residents.

Bob Fleming, chairperson

Regional District of North Okanagan

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/opinion/regional-district-responds-2/

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FRUCK YOU TOO RCMP AND CERTAIN NEIGHBORS
YOU BUNCH OF LOOSERS

BELOW IS VIDEO OF YOUR NORTH WESTSIDE ROAD FIRE CHIEF ON DRUGS
AND HIS OFF LEASH DOG ON FIRWOOD ROAD MARCH 31, 2017 at 2:19pm
*note* dash cam video is out by an hour due to not changing the time over for daylight savings time"

This is a ticket the North Westside Road Fire Chief Jason Satterthwaithe got someone for the incident in the video's below.  Some video was taken with a dash cam and other video was taken with a digital camera.  The person received a ticket for being parked talking to Jason Satterthwaite, and then trying to take a video of Jason Satterthwaite's dog at large on Firwood Road while parked.
Funny that North Westside Road Fire Chief Jason Satterthwaite won't be getting any tickets for his off leash dog running at large on Firwood Road because a certain someone isn't allowed to make any type of bylaw complaint, but someone is getting 5 driving tickets in as many months.  Got three tickets all at once in one day on March 31, 2017, 2 tickets were for "use electronic device while driving", plus an $81 ticket for a crack in the windshield and a notice to repair windshield within 20 days.  The two "use electronic device while driving" are for the two videos that are posted way below in the other table.  That is the evidence the RCMP are using to issue these two tickets Constable Ricapa said.  The windshield fine is $81 that the person doesn't have!!!  RCMP can issue a ticket for use of electronic device while driving and a windshield fine, but they can't make someone that doesn't have any money pay, and they can't make the two "use electronic device while driving" tickets stick, since there is video of the incident and proof of Constable Ricapa from the North Okanagan RCMP being corrupt right in front of the dash cam letting someone answer the phone while driving lol!!!  Screw you Ricapa!!!  The North Okanagan RCMP are corrupt, in our opinion!!!

March 31, 2017 "Use Electronic Device While Driving"

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CONSTABLE DANIEL RICAPA GAVE SOMEONE A TICKET FOR STOPPING AND TAKING A VIDEO, THE OVERZEALOUS PIG!!!

FUCK YOU PIG!!!  WHY CAN'T YOU FIND THE 3 MISSING WOMEN?

ISN'T IT BECAUSE YOU ARE TOO BUSY GOING AFTER THE WRONG PEOPLE!!!

STUPID PIG!!!  JUST MAKES SOMEONE WANT TO VIDEO TAPE YOU EVEN MORE, AND I AM SURE THEY WILL!!

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A USE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WHILE DRIVING TICKET, WHEN STOPPED AND NOT IMPEDING TRAFFIC!!!  YOU ARE A HIPOCRITE RICAPA, AND WE WILL PROVE IT CAUSE ITS ALL ON VIDEO!!

THIS COP IS WASTING PRECIOUS WOMENS LIVES AND IT MAKES US REALLY ANGRY!!!

Constable Daniel Ricapa sat on Briarwood Road for 1/2 hour too.  He checked one persons drivers licence during that time that we noticed, and one car drove by and he didn't even check that car.  Briarwood is not a very busy road.  He should have sat on Firwood, if he was after speeders and drivers licenses.

 

Motor Vehicle Act

Prohibition against use of electronic device while driving
214.2 (1) A person must not use an electronic device while driving or operating a motor vehicle on a highway.

(2) Without limiting subsection (1), a person must not communicate by means of an electronic device with another person or another device by electronic mail or other text-based message.

Exceptions to prohibition — certain permitted activities
214.4 Section 214.2 does not apply to a person who uses an electronic device

(a) while operating a motor vehicle that is safely parked off the roadway or lawfully parked on the roadway and is not impeding traffic,

Source: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/LOC/complete/statreg/--%20M%20--/47_Motor%20Vehicle%20Act%20[RSBC%201996]%20c.%20318/00_Act/96318_06.xml

Video of Constable Daniel Ricapa from North Okanagan RCMP not long after he issued 3 tickets and one "notice and order" on March 31, 2017, pulling over the person that received the 3 tickets, and the person answering an electronic device while driving, while Constable Ricapa states the person is driving and can't answer the cell phone.  The person answered the phone anyway and then Constable Ricapa says he better not get any more calls about the person and he drives off without issuing a ticket for "use electronic device while driving" when he just gave out 2 tickets for the same thing, being parked while taking pictures with a digital camera?  Wonder why Constable Daniel Ricapa didn't issue a ticket for using an electronic device while driving, when the person disobeyed Constable Daniel Ricapa's orders and answered the ringing cell phone while driving lol?

Stupid North Okanagan RCMP who are wasting courts time that could be used for more important matters.
Chief Wayne Christian from Enderby will be made aware.  Shouldn't fuck with people and important matters Superintendent McNamara and Sgt Hobenshield, you are stepping on 3 missing women (Caitlin Potts, Ashley Simpson, and Deanna Wert's) rights to have the RCMP investigate until their fingers turn blue!!  Why can't the RCMP find these 3 missing North Okanagan women?  Isn't it because the RCMP are not doing a very good job, and are putting too much effort into targeting people who aren't doing anything wrong, but video taping bylaw infractions they see?  So Ricapa you will probably be writing more tickets no doubt!!!

March 31, 2017 ticket for "windshield that impairs drivers vision" that will not be paid because the person has a hard time to pay all the bills they have without this $81 fine added to the mix.  Did you know you can dispute just the fine amount?  What a waste of court time.  Are people not given a warning first Ricapa?  Constable Ricapa gave no warning and issued a ticket that can't be paid.  He is a stupid cop that is wasting precious time who can't find three missing young women in the area, because he is too busy chasing down crazy neighbors complaints!!!


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This is not a ticket, its a notice and order to have the windshield repaired and inspected within 20 days.

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Fark you Constable Daniel Ricapa, Sgt Hobenshield and Superintendent Jim McNamara, you surely won't be getting the $81 fine for the windshield because the person doesn't have any money!!!

 

Motor Vehicle Act
Windshields and windows
7.05 (1) No person shall drive or operate on a highway a motor vehicle the windshield or any window of which is in such condition that the vision of the driver is impaired.

Glazing and mirrors
29 The windshield and windows of a vehicle shall comply with the requirements of section 7.05 of the regulations.

The windshield or windows of a vehicle shall not be cracked, broken, clouded or otherwise damaged or defective so as to impair the vision of the driver.
Without restricting the generality of the foregoing, the following glass defects shall be considered as causing vision impairment:
(a) a defect in the area extending from the left side of the driver's side 500 mm (19.6 inches) toward the centre and extending over 75 mm (2.95 inches) down from the top or over 75 mm up from the bottom, excepting small stone injuries of 6 mm (.23 inches) or less;
(b) a crack over 300 mm (11.8 inches) long in any part;

Horn
8 A motor vehicle must be equipped with a horn as required by section 7.02 of the regulations.

Source: http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/26_58_04

Hours prescribed for lighted lamps
4.01 A person who drives or operates a vehicle on a highway must illuminate the lamps required by this Division

(a) from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise, and
(b) at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable atmospheric conditions, objects on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 150 m.

Source: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/LOC/complete/statreg/--%20M%20--/47_Motor%20Vehicle%20Act%20[RSBC%201996]%20c.%20318/05_Regulations/29_26_58%20-%20Motor%20Vehicle%20Act%20Regulations/26_58_01.xml

 

Below is video of the RCMP Constable Daniel Ricapa doing a vehicle inspection March 31, 2017 on Firwood Road.  He didn't check the horn lol.  Better fix the horn too lol.

Video above is of North Okanagan RCMP Constable Daniel Ricapa doing a vehicle inspection on Firwood Road March 31, 2017 trying to find out ways to ticket the driver.  Pretty sure Ricapa is just doing what he is told, because he was on the phone a lot writing the 3 tickets and 1 "notice and order".

After Constable Daniel Ricapa issued the 3 tickets and the "notice and order", Constable Ricapa drove up Firwood Road in Valley of the Sun and was hiding on the left hand side on a side road up ahead, maybe to see if someone would be speeding or driving erratically after receiving so many tickets, and maybe he could give that someone another ticket.  But it didn't happen that way for him sadly.

March 30, 2016 ticket for "use of electronic device while driving" at 10:30am because someone was video taping a huge pile of smoke coming from 7945 Alpine Road that was burning green tree branches on a poor venting day and creating a breathing problem for someone's dog, and the venting index did not permit burning.  The person had to drive through the smoke to get home.  Julie from 7945 Alpine Road who was burning the wet tree branches, said she had a permit, but we doubt that she had a permit since she wasn't adhering to the venting index which did not permit burning this day. Unless she was burning despite the instructions and regulations she was most likely given if she did purchase a burning permit.  The digital camera only recorded video of the smoke on Alpine Road while parked and not while driving, which is proven in the video below.  Nobody recorded with a digital camera while driving to get these videos.  Stupid neighbors who call the cops reporting that someone is video recording while driving, and stupid cops for believing the masses of asses at Valley of the Bylaw Infractions!!!

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This is video of March 30, 2017 at approx. 10:30am as CBC radio states its 10:30am in the video.  The person was video taping the smoke, but the lady with the pink baseball bat and lingerie ended up in this video being taken of the smoke.  The date on the dash cam video may be wrong because the person with the dash camera was still getting to know their new dash cam and they had only just had the dash camera hard wired to work all the time, and hadn't set the dash cam up properly yet.  Somehow the dash cam was missing a day from hard wiring it. 

Don't know what is going to happen when the person can't make it to these court cases because they can't afford the gas to get there.  The person will have to talk to the court house about that.  People in the North Westside should speak up about the barking and crap going on, so the BC RCMP don't have to waste so much time letting the real criminals go in clogged court rooms!!!  Staying silent is just as wrong as being the perpetrator, so think about it, this is ridiculous.

This vehicle on Briarwood did not get pulled over.

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Smoke coming from 7945 Alpine Road

Burning green tree branches, and that is why you can barely see the person in the video and why you see all the smoke.  The North Westside Road Fire Chief Jason is an azzwipe.  We tried to tell him that wood should be dried for 2 years before its burned, and that the smoke is a health hazard to our dog, and that he should consult with air quality control in Kelowna, but he would rather see no fire hazard he said, so therefore Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files anyone getting a burn permit from North Westside Road Fire Rescue is not subject to RDCO Smoke Control Bylaw #773.  While we were video recording the heavy smoke, a lady came out of her house in her sexy lingerie with a pink baseball bat in her hand for some reason. Think she was trying to say we couldn't park on the side of Alpine Road there maybe, until the dog got her to go back to her house.  Then she video recorded us from her trailer window.  Felt like we were in a movie, Trailer Park Boys.

She said she had a burn permit, but it was a poor venting day, and so there was no burning permitted on this day of March 30, 2017, which the Fire Chief was oblivious too.

March 30, 2017 Venting Index: 16/POOR 6
WND KM/H: 6
MXG HT M: 681
Source: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting/
polled_data/EC_BBS_170330_Thu_March_30_17.txt

RDCO Consolidated Smoke Control Bylaw 773

1. DEFINITIONS
In this Bylaw:
"Permitted burning materials" means untreated wood, prunings, branches, tree trunks, stumps or other vegetation that have been allowed to dry for at least 2 years and that do not constitute:
a. compostible materials or
b. the wood, trees, stumps, shubbery and woody debris that results from land being cleared or partially cleared of vegetation to help prepare the land for a different use.

The RCMP issued a "use electronic device while driving" ticket based on the two videos we were taking of smoke in this table.  The person taking this video was a bit shaky when they zoomed in, and the video looks like someone may have been driving while taking the video, but they were not driving while taking this video.  When zooming in 10x's the video can be shaky.  See dash cam videos in table above this table to prove nobody was driving while taking the 2 videos above in this table.  The officer whom wrote these 2 "use electronic device while driving tickets is going to loose".  Also see videos in the table above.

March 30, 2017 ticket for "Use Electronic Device while Driving" at 10:30am.  This was the day we video taped the smoke on Alpine Road while parked, which we can prove.

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Nov 17, 2016 Unattended Burn Pile on Balsam Rd at Valley of the Sun

UPDATE

We went back the next day Nov 18th, to see the damage in the daylight, and took this photo below.  Looks like there were two different burn spots at one time or another.

Then later that same day we seen the Fire Dept over there and stopped by to speak to the fire dept.  While we were there we overheard the Fire Dept say, you have your burn permit now and we noticed a paper in the man's hand.  Guess they wouldn't be getting a ticket for anything like keeping the neighbors awake or using Fire Dept equipment to put the fire out with.

At about 10pm Nov 17, 2016 we noticed a fire truck on Balsam Road at an empty lot next door to the barkers.  We took a drive over to find out what was going on.  We asked a female Fire Crew member what was going on, and she told us to talk to the Fire Chief.  So we went and talked to the Fire Chief whom told us that there was an attended slash pile burning earlier, but that the fire was no longer being tended to.  The Fire Chief added that the responsible party would be getting a phone call the following day.  We hope that they would be getting more than a phone call, how about a bill on top of that and maybe some community service for interrupting everyone's sleep including the fire crew and the people who live on Balsam Road.  THE GOOF!!!  You aren't even allowed to burn a slash pile on a 1/2 acre lot unless you get special permission from the Fire Dept. and then it has to be more of a hazard to not burn than to burn to get that special permission we believe.

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Did you know that RDCO is looking for a new Fire Services Manager?

Wonder why?

Nov 3, 2016

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Fire engulfs three cars and carport
by Carmen Weld - Vernon Morning Star - Jan 9, 2017

A carport fire destroyed three cars north of Fintry on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. — Image Credit: Graeme Headley

A violent fire ripped through a carport Monday morning just north of Fintry - destroying three cars.

North Westside Fire Rescue was called to the fire on the 300 block of Killarney Way just before 10 a.m. on Monday.

Lieutenant Graeme Headley says when crews arrived at the blaze in the Killiney Beach area, three cars were fully engulfed.

“There was flames shooting out of all the cars, the gas tanks were on fire,” says Headley.

“Three cars underneath the carport, the carport and the trees above the carport were on fire.”

He says the carport was not attached to any other structure which made fighting the blaze a little easier.

“It took us about 10 minutes to get the fire under control,” adds Headley.

Headley says the fire is currently under investigation and he could not definitively say if the fire was suspicious or not.

He says the homeowner has no idea what happened and was only alerted to the fire when he heard a loud bang.

“As far as we could tell there was nothing suspicious in nature, but the fact the cars burned in the snow is a little suspicious, we will investigate,” says Headley.

Unfortunately the property owner did not have insurance to cover the loss.

“The cars are a total write off. He had some nice cars under there,” adds Headley.

Source: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/410185885.html

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North Westside Fire Rescue uses community donations for new equipment
Infotel.ca - November 03, 2016
 


This trailer was purchased using community donations and will be used to house sprinkler and forestry equipment.
Image Credit: Contributed/North Westside Fire Services



VERNON - With the purchase of a needed piece of equipment, the North Westside Fire Rescue department is now even more prepared to protect homes from wildfires.

The fire department just purchased a 14-foot utility trailer for approximately $7,400, according to a release from the Regional District Central Okanagan.

The trailer will house the fire department's sprinkler and other wildfire firefighting equipment.

The president of the non-profit society that raised the money to buy the equipment, Shawn Barnes, says support from North Westside communities, residents and their generous donations have been put to good use in the purchase of this trailer.

“The sprinkler and forestry equipment is designed to protect 15 homes from a threatening wildfire," North Westside Fire Rescue Chief Jason Satterthwaite says in the release. "The department has been training for several years now in sprinkler deployment. Having this equipment stored in a properly set up trailer will be a big help in training our members to a higher level as well as providing a speedy response and defence in the event of a large wildland urban interface fire that threatens the community.”

The release states specialized pieces of equipment like this trailer are often purchased outside the regular fire department budget. Donations collected at fundraising efforts like the annual Community BBQ and the Fintry Fall fair make purchases like this possible.

Source: http://infotel.ca/newsitem/north-westside-fire-rescue-uses-community-donations-for-new-equipment/it36310

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Fire Crews Receive Pet Masks
1075kiss.com - 10/17/2016 - by Pete McIntyre

Demonstration of pet oxygen mask
A fundraiser has allowed dozens of BC fire departments to receive free pet oxygen mask sets.

The Happy Dogs Legacy Campaign raised nearly $40,000 for the devices after a Burnaby house fire in May took the lives of seven dogs and two cats.

Each kit includes a set of three oxygen masks in various sizes, tubing to connect masks to an oxygen supply, and a training DVD.

Vernon Fire Rescue will be getting four sets, while kits will also be going to fire departments in Lumby, Enderby, Salmon Arm and Lake Country, among many others.

"We are immensely grateful to everyone who supported this campaign so we could make this legacy a reality - from the volunteers who tirelessly called halls to get mask numbers, to each and every donor who make a contribution - we could not have done this without you," says Happy Dogs Legacy Team Member Elisha McCallum. "Knowing that there will soon be 328 more pet oxygen masks sets in use around the province gives us hope that more companion animals, of all shapes and sizes, will have a fighting chance if exposed to smoke in a fire and that the heartache over the loss of a pet can be prevented."

For more details, go to www.happydogslegacy.com

Source: http://www.1075kiss.com/top-news-stories/2016/10/17/fire-crews-receive-pet-masks

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.pdf icon October 13, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Director Travel Request and Leave
The Regional Board has denied a request from the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area Director for travel outside the region later this month. Patty Hanson asked the Board to approve funds for her to attend SILGA educational sessions in Kamloops October 26th while a similar session is also scheduled the next day in West Kelowna.
In addition, the Regional Board brought forward a previous in-camera resolution, pursuant to Section 204 (2) of the Local Government Act, extending a leave to Director Hanson for a 60 day period ending October 21, 2016.

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.pdf icon September 19, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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11. DIRECTOR ITEMS
• At a recent community event in Traders Cove, the RDCO and the Emergency Operations Centre were recognized for their work during the Bear Creek fire.

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.pdf icon August 22, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

12. DIRECTOR ITEMS

• Chair Given thanked volunteers and staff for their attendance early this morning at the Emergency Operations Center for the Bear Creek wildfire.

• Director Carson noted that $16,000 had been raised at the North Westside Fire Department BBQ.

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Abandoned campfires may lead to ban
cfjctoday.com - By Ron Manz - August 2, 2016

KAMLOOPS — There is still no campfire ban in BC, but don't be surprised if one goes into effect very soon.

Over the weekend the BC Wildfire Service was called out to deal with 38 abandoned campfires in the Kamloops Fire Centre alone.

Since last Friday there have been 20 new wildfires started in our area, 14 caused by lightning.

To date 71 of the 130 wildfires reported in Kamloops Fire Centre this year have been determined as human caused.

The current fire hazard rating in our area is moderate except for pockets of high in the Salmon Arm, Penticton and Clearwater fire zones.

If you are found leaving a campfire lit & unattended, you can be fined $1150, and up to a million dollars if it causes a wildfire.

Source: http://cfjctoday.com/article/537256/abandoned-campfires-may-lead-ban

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Firepits Banned in Armstrong
1075kiss.com - 7/12/2016 - by Ron Manz

Back-yard firepits are being outlawed in the City of Armstrong.

Council has given the first three readings to a bylaw banning wood burning in back-yards due to an increasing number of smoke complaints according to Mayor Chris Pieper.

"As far as burning with wood, there's lots of other options of brickettes, propane and a few other products you can use, but basically wood burning will be out."

Pieper says the majority of complaints they receive are never about barbeques...only campfires.

"It's been illegal to have wood burning in our community for years however there was a bit of a grey area in that if you were using it for cooking, then it was quasi-legal, but right now we are changing that so there will be no wood burning fires period."

Pieper says the move isn't too popular, but they had to do something.

"It's primarily people on larger lots that you know they don't have the impact that people do on smaller lots. It is really difficult to make a bylaw that restricts some and not restrict some other ones."

The bylaw is expected to pass at the next council meeting in August.

No determination has been made yet on the fine level that will be implemented for offenders.

Source: http://www.1075kiss.com/top-news-stories/2016/07/12/firepits-banned-in-armstrong

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.pdf icon June 27, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Fire Service Levels Confirmed
The Regional Board has approved a Fire Service Level Policy that meets the requirements of the BC Office of the Fire Commissioner set out in the ‘Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook’. The Board declaration sets an ‘Exterior Operations Level’ as a minimum service level for the Regional District’s four paid-on-call fire departments based on the uncertainty of available resources to any particular response. The level was determined after consulting with the fire chiefs for Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside and Wilsons Landing departments and the Directors for Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas. The chiefs agree that ongoing fire suppression training efforts will continue to be provided at an ‘Interior Operations Level’. The Fire Underwriters Survey indicates the ‘Exterior Operations Level’ declaration will have no direct impact at this time to the insurance grading within each of the four Fire Protection Areas. The Board also requested that staff bring a report for consideration during 2017 budget discussions on the possibility of moving the RDCO fire departments forward to achieve the Interior Operations Level including training, equipment, staffing and costs.

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5. CORRESPONDENCE
5.1 Union of BC Municipalities re: Fire Safety Act (All Directors - Unweighted Corporate Vote, Simple Majority - 208. 1)
OPHUS/GRAY
THAT the June 8, 2016 correspondence from the Union of BC Municipalities regarding the Fire Safety Act be received for information.
CARRIED Unanimously

10. NEW BUSINESS
10.1 Firefighting Service Level Policy Declaration (All Directors - Unweighted Corporate Vote, Simple Majority - 208. 1)
Staff report dated June 21, 2016 outlined the Fire Service level Policy to meet the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) requirements. Declaration of the service level is required by the June 30'h deadline. Discussion ensued regarding the level of training at each of the volunteer fire departments, and the determination of an interior response, noting all departments are trained to an exterior competency level at this time. Staff outlined the policy noting it will be
reviewed annual and if changes are required the Board would be required to approve an amended policy.
BASRAN/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board approves the Fire Service Level Policy to meet the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) requirements set out in the "Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook".
CARRIED (opposed Fortin, Bartyik, Carson)
FINDLATER/CARSON
THAT staff be directed to report in time for the 2017 budget consideration on what the OFC requirements would be to move the rural fire departments to the an interior fire response--including all costs, training, staffing levels, etc.
CARRIED Unanimously

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This is how we know our new Fire Chief!


This was from September 18, 2015

 

Our new Fire Chief's girlfriend was a board member of Saving Grace Dog Rescue that eventually shut down over controversy, and that is where the dog Nova came from.

INTEGRITY IS EVERYTHING!!!

posted: July 5, 2016

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Why RDCO would choose someone that argued with a neighbor about his dog barking disturbing the neighbor is beyond us.  Pretty sure RDCO could have found a better candidate!!  We are very disappointed in who our new Fire Chief is!!  The new Fire Chief was not a responsible dog owner and argued about it, so how can he be a responsible Fire Chief!!!  Unreal!!!

New North Westside Fire Rescue Chief confirmed
Kelowna Capital News - Jun 20, 2016

The Regional District of Central Okanagan confirms the appointment of a new chief for North Westside Fire Rescue.

Jason Satterthwaite’s appointment comes three months after he took on the duties as Acting Chief on an interim basis following the departure of Doug Gardiner in late February for a position with the Fraser Valley Regional District.

Satterthwaite was the Deputy Chief of the department since 2014 and played a major role in the North Westside response and resource deployment last summer during the Shelter Cove/Westside Road wildfire. He’s been a member of the department since 2006.

Community Services Director Chris Radford says “Jason’s extremely well respected by all members of the department and throughout communities served within the North Westside Fire Protection Area. He’s dedicated to the job and brings continuity in leadership that’s very important to members of the paid-on-call fire department as they remain committed to serving their neighbours in need during fire emergencies and calls for medical first response.”

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is responsible for fire protection and suppression services provided through four paid-on-call departments in the Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside and Wilson’s Landing communities within the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas. Each department provides services specifically for its fire protection area and is funded by property owners living within the fire department jurisdiction.

To learn more about RDCO Fire Protection Services and each department visit www.regionaldistrict.com/your-services/fire-protection.aspx

Source: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/383704201.html

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.pdf icon May 30, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Gas Tax Community Works Funding
The Regional Board has received a report outlining the use of Gas Tax Community Works Funds in the electoral areas over the past nine years. The Regional District has used these funds for various projects without having to seek additional funding from taxpayers. From 2006 to 2015 the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area has received more than $2.6-million through the funding program of which over $1.6-million has been spent, another $174,723 is committed to projects and $1.3-million remains in reserve for future projects. During the same period Central Okanagan East has received almost $1.2-million in Gas Tax funding with $622,157 has been spent, another $643,233 is committed and $146,934 is in reserve for future projects.

Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw
The Regional Board has adopted amendments to the 2016-2020 Financial Plan Bylaw. The changes reflect adjusted use of Community Works Gas Tax funds and additional project cost details for the Trepanier and Westshore water systems, Ellison and Joe Rich Fire Departments and Eastside Parks.

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7. NEW BUSINESS
7.1 Gas Tax Community Works Fund Usage - For Information (All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208.1)
Staff report dated May 24, 2016 outlined the details of the Community Works Fund usage, including what funds have previously been committed and the eligible project categories.
#125/16 OPHUS/CARSON
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the Background report on Gas Tax Community Works Funds Usage.
CARRIED Unanimously

7.2 2016 Community Works Fund Project Approval (All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208.1)
Staff report dated May 20, 2016 outlined the projects identified for Community Works Fund for Central Okanagan West and Central Okanagan East Electoral Areas.
Discussion ensued regarding deferring Board consideration of the report. As requested, staff outlined the background of the proposed upgrades to the Westshore Water System Reservoir Project and whether there are projects at risk for delay?
Director Dehart left the meeting at 8:22 p.m.
#126/16 CARSON/HANSON
THAT agenda Items 7.2 and 7.3 be POSTPONED until the June 9th Regional Board meeting to allow further time for Director Carson to consider the projects identified.
DEFEATED (In support: BAKER, FORTIN, CARSON, HANSON)
#127/16 BASRAN/STACK
THAT the Regional Board approve the use of $1,309,693 of Gas Tax - Community Works Funds to complete the proposed projects listed in the Appendix 1 project plan dated May 20, 2016, and as reflected in the RDCO 2016-2020 5-Year Financial Plan.
CARRIED Unanimously
Director Dehart returned at 8:25 p.m.

7.3 RDCO 2016-2020 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote – LGA 210.1)
Staff report outlined the financial plan amendments with regard to capital projects and Gas Tax Community Works Funding approved usage, and the provincial reimbursement to Ellison Fire Department’s response to the Joe Rich Fire in 2015.
Staff answered questions on the water supply project in Joe Rich and the increase in costs associated with the Westshore Water System Reservoir Project.
#128/16 BAKER/OPHUS
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2016-2020 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw be given first, second and third readings and adopted.
CARRIED (Carson opposed)

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.pdf icon April 14, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. COMMUNITY SERVICES

6.1 Emergency Program Act Consultation - Travis Whiting, Regional Emergency Program Coordinator (City of Kelowna Deputy Chief)
Staff report dated April 5, 2016 outlined the prepared responses for consideration of the Emergency Program Act consultation. Travis Whiting was introduced to the Committee:
o Act introduced in 1993.
o RDCOs response to specific sections was highlighted.
o The regional emergency plan is always being reviewed so operationally the plan is updated.
o Updates to the Emergency Program Act is critical first step, in order for our plan to match the Act.
o #3 definitions of a local government should include first nations. WFN has self-governance and West Kelowna provides fire service to WFN.
Staff noted that WFN are equal partners in the program now. How first nations are dealt with in the Act is with consultation to the Province, not local government.
o #9 - operationally reducing the size of evacuation area when required worked last year.
o Is there any work around additional powers regarding drones, boats in an area? Yes, there is quite a bit of work being done in regards to drones Federal government is dealing with this area (Transport Canada, RCMP
Criminal Code). There are also enforcement fines through provincial laws.
BAKER/SIEBEN
THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommends the Regional Board approve the RDCO's submission of the 'Response to Prepared and Resilient EMBC
Discussion Paper' to the Province of British Columbia in response to their invitation to participate in consultation and engagement on the Emergency Program Act, subject to:
Add to Section #3:
'explore broader definition of first nations which may include self-government, and band council'
CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon April 14, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Fire Service Review Implementation Plan
The Regional Board has approved a plan for implementing the recommendations from the independent review of fire services. Earlier this year, the Board endorsed the POMAX review which encouraged continued support for the ongoing efforts by the Regional District to provide consistency in all aspects of operations for the four paid-on-call fire departments. The fire chiefs (Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside, Wilson’s Landing) have discussed and fully endorse the implementation plan which recommends keeping the existing reporting structure as each distinct community and its fire department is currently recognized and each chief reports to the Manager of Fire and Inspection Services. Many of the 22 review recommendations have been completed, while some others will be implemented by this fall. A few more detailed recommendations, such as updating operational guidelines are targeted for completion by late 2017/early 2018.

Emergency Program Act Response
The Regional Board has approved submitting a response to the Provincial Government as part of the public consultation on the Emergency Management BC Discussion Paper. Regional Emergency Program staff have reviewed the document and provided comments regarding possible changes to modernize and clarify responsibilities in the Emergency Program Act.

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.pdf icon April 14, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon item 6.4 Fire Services - Regional Fire Service Review Implementation Strategy

.pdf icon item 7.1 Rise & Report from Governance & Services Meeting - April 14, 2016 Emergency Program Act Consultation (don't see any agenda for this)

*Note* please click links above for content

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.pdf icon April 14, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6.4 Fire Services - Regional Fire Service Review - Implementation Strategy [All Directors - Unweighted Vote - 207(5)]
Staff report dated April 5, 2016 outlined the Fire Services Implementation Plan, which the Board directed staff to provide, that includes action items and timelines for all 22 POMAX Service Review recommendations.
CARSON/HANSON
THAT the Fire Service Implementation Plan be deferred.
DEFEATED (Opposed: Stack, Sieben, Singh, Zanon, Hodge, Findlater, Basran, Given)
FINDLATER/STACK
THAT the Regional Board approve the Fire Service Implementation Plan dated March 31, 2016 pertaining to the recommendations outlined in the 2015 POMAX Fire Service Review Report.
CARRIED (opposed Carson, Hanson, Baker)

7. NEW BUSINESS
7.1 Rise & Report from Governance & Services Meeting - April 14, 2016
7.1.1 Emergency Program Act Consultation RDCO's Submission of the 'Response to Prepared and Resilient EMBC Discussion Paper' [All Directors - Unweighted Vote - 208(1)]
FINDLATER/BASRAN
THAT the Regional Board approve the RDCO's submission of the 'Response to Prepared and Resilient EMBC Discussion Paper' to the Province of British Columbia in response to their invitation to participate in consultation and engagement on the Emergency Program Act, subject to the following:
Add to Section #3:
‘explore broader definition of first nations which may include self-government, and band council’
CARRIED Unanimously

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Kelowna to handle fire dispatch for east Kootenay communities
by Editorial - Kelowna Capital News - Feb 24, 2016

Kelowna has added to the roster of other B.C. Interior communities for whom it handles fire dispatch and record-keeping services.

Starting May 30, the City of Kelowna will provide fire dispatch and records management for the 16 fire departments located in the Regional District of East Kootenay.

The Kelowna Fire Department already provides dispatch service to the Regional Districts of Central Okanagan and Okanagan Similkameen.

“We are able to provide the new service within our existing capacity,” said Travis Whiting, deputy chief of KFD. “The selection of the Kelowna Fire Department to dispatch for the RDEK is a reflection of the professional and efficient work our dispatchers do in support of local first responders.”

The five-year agreement between the two local governments will generate a net revenue of approximately $835,000 over the duration of the contract for Kelowna.

“The City of Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services provided outstanding service for many years and we are looking forward to continuing that same high level of fire dispatch service through Kelowna,” said Sanford Brown, the RDEK's building and protective services manager.

“This transition will be seamless. residents of the East Kootenay and our firefighters should not notice any interruption in service as we move the call centre from Cranbrook to Kelowna later this spring.”

Source:  http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/370029541.html

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.pdf icon February 25, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 3.1 Regional Grant In Aid Review
.pdf icon Item 3.2 2016 2020 Financial Plan Review Budget Presentation
.pdf icon Item 3.2 2016 2020 Financial Plan Review Preliminary Information
.pdf icon Item 3.2A Summary Highlights Report
.pdf icon Item 3.2B Budget Piechart And Information Tab 6 Pg 1 To 4
.pdf icon Item 3.2C Budgets Summary Tab 6 Pg 5 To 14
.pdf icon Item 3.2D Tax Requisitions And Rates Tab 7 Pg 1 To 17
.pdf icon Item 3.2F Community Services Engineering Tab 8 Pg 1 To 34
.pdf icon Item 3.2G Community Services Waste Management Tab 8 Pg 35 To 42
.pdf icon Item 3.2H Community Services Planning Tab 8 Pg 43 To 46
.pdf icon Item 3.2I Community Services Fire Protection Tab 8 Pg 47 To 65
.pdf icon Item 3.2J Community Services Police Services Tab 8 Pg 66 To 73
.pdf icon Item 3.2K Community Services Inspections Tab 8 Pg 74 To 77
.pdf icon Item 3.2Ii Proposed Regional Parks 2016 2020 Budget Highlights And Additional 2016 Project Investment Options
.pdf icon Item 3.2L Parks Services Tab 8 Pg 78 To 90
.pdf icon Item 3.2M Finance And Administration Tab 8 Pg 91 To 121
.pdf icon Item 3.2N Corporate Services Tab 8 Pg 122 To 141
.pdf icon Item 3.2O Corporate Services Bylaw Enforcement Tab 8 Pg 142 To 153
.pdf icon Item 3.2P Economic Development Commission Tab 8 Pg 154 To 155
.pdf icon Item 3.2Q Regional Board Tab 8 Pg 156 To 165

*Note* This is only a snippet, please click link above for entire content

Item 3.2O Corporate Services Bylaw Enforcement Tab 8 Pg 142 To 153
RDCO Dog Control 2015 Actual and 2016 Preliminary Budget

RDCO Dog Control 2015 Actual and 2016 Preliminary Budget
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.pdf icon February 25, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the RDCO Governance and Services Committee meetings are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after the following meeting which would be March 10th, 2016.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are posted there yet.  If you want a copy of the minutes before then, contact RDCO who will have a copy of the minutes at their office within 7 days after you request a copy of the minutes.  This is in accordance to Local Government Act Procedure Bylaws and Enforcement section 794 (5) and Community Charter Other records to which public access must be provided section 97 (2).

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.pdf icon February 22, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

25 Years of Fire Service Recognized
The Regional Board has recognized a quarter century of firefighting service provided by two residents of the Wilson’s Landing community. Both Dale Zeich and Stan Rotinsky have been presented with certificates and medals from the Provincial Government for providing 25 years of fire service. Zeich served 28 years with the paid-on-call fire department as a firefighter, Captain, Training Officer and Deputy Chief before retiring in 2012. Rotinsky has been a member of the department since 2001, but began as a firefighter in 1972 with Fording Coal and as a volunteer with the Town of Elkford.

2015 Program and Service Update
The Regional Board has received an update on program and service accomplishments during the final quarter of 2015. These include successful Repair Café and old Tire Collection events and the start of fuel modification to reduce the fire hazard in a section of Glen Canyon Regional Park. The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission’s well attended ‘Business Walk’ focussed on the hospitality and tourism sector. Deficits have been identified and steps are being taken to address the shortfalls in the areas of the Dietrich/Trepanier and Falcon Ridge water systems and the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre.

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.pdf icon February 22, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

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.pdf icon February 22, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Presentations: Chair Given presented 25 Year Services Awards on behalf of the Province of BC to Wilson’s Landing Fire Department members: Dale Zeich who served for a total of 28 years; and Stan Rotinsky who joined the department in 2001 after serving in Elkford from 1972-1986.

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.pdf icon February 11, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

4. ADOPTION OF MiNUTES

4.1 Regular Board Meeting - January 25, 2016 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Under Director Items, Director Carson noted that he had raised a follow-up question that firefighters had not yet been paid for last years' Shelter Cove fire.
OPHUS/CARSON
THAT the Regular Board Meeting minutes of January 25, 2016 be adopted as amended.
Under Director Items:
"Director Carson raised a follow-up question regarding payment for the volunteer firefighters for the Shelter Cove fire which had not been completed. Staff will follow-up to ensure payment is made."
CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon February 11, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 5.1 SILGA Call For Resolutions And Nominations

Single Employee Model Endorsed
The Regional Board has approved the use of the Single Employee Model confirming the Chief Administrative Officer as the Board’s single employee. This model is used by many local governments and while it has been in practice by the RDCO, it is now formally endorsed by the Board.

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.pdf icon February 11, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 SILGA Call For Resolutions And Nominations

.pdf icon There is nothing in the Agenda about Single Employee Model Endorsed (think it was discussed in camera as there is no audio for it either)

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To: All SILGA Members

Call for Resolutions for 2016 Convention

The SILGA Annual General Meeting and Convention is scheduled to be held in Kelowna from April 20th to April 22nd, 2016. The SILGA Constitution requires that resolutions to be considered at the Annual Meeting are to be received by the Secretary-Treasurer no later than 60 days prior to this meeting. Friday, February 19, 2016 will be the deadline for receipt of resolutions.

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.pdf icon February 11, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

5. CORRESPONDENCE

5.1 Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) - Call for Resolutions for 2016 Convention and Call for Nominations (All Directors Unweighted Vote)
A question had been raised at the last meeting whether a resolution would be of benefit regarding legal marijuana sites being built in areas with no fire protection.
It was noted that this is a federal issue, whereby Health Canada oversees the approval and permit for legal marijuana sites. There is no requirement for a site to be in a fire protection area.
A question was raised on whether further resolutions are required for quagga mussels? No, the Ministry has heard the message - OBWB is communicating further with the Province. There are more things that can be done but OBWB is waiting to see what the Province comes up with. The federal government need to be involved as well.
BAKER/GRAY
THAT the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) - Call for Resolutions for 2016 Convention and Call for Nominations be received.
CARRIED Unanimously

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Interim Fire Chief Named
1075kiss.com - 2/4/2016 by Ron Manz

The North Westside Fire Protection Area will soon have a new acting Fire Chief.

As of February 29th, Jason Satterthwaite takes over the Chief's duties on an interim basis for the paid on-call department.

Satterthwaite has been Deputy Chief since 2014.

His promotion comes due to the resignation of Chief Doug Gardiner who is leaving to take a job opportunity with the Fraser Valley Regional District.

Source: http://www.1075kiss.com/top-news-stories/2016/02/04/interim-fire-chief-named

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Acting Fire Chief for North Westside Fire Rescue

A new Acting Fire Chief has been named by the Regional District of Central Okanagan to serve residents in the North Westside area.

Effective February 29th, Jason Satterthwaite will take over the Chief’s duties on an interim basis for the paid on-call department serving communities within the North Westside Fire Protection Area. Satterthwaite has been the Deputy Chief since 2014. This interim appointment is required with the resignation of Chief Doug Gardiner who is leaving to pursue an opportunity with the Fraser Valley Regional District.

Gardiner has been Chief of the North Westside department since August 2013.

Regional District Fire and Inspection Services Manager Dan Wildeman says, “Jason’s interim appointment as Acting Chief will ensure that there’s consistency in leadership and training for those paid-on-call fire department members who are committed to serving their community. He played a major role last summer in the department’s response and assistance to Wilson’s Landing fire during the Shelter Cove/Westside Road wildfire. North Westside residents can rest assured that dedicated and trained members of the fire department will continue responding to calls for medical first response and fire emergencies from their neighbours.”

Wildeman adds, “We wish Doug well in his new endeavour and thank him for his leadership over the past three years. He’s helped to raise the department’s membership ranks and expand training opportunities for members of the paid-on-call department and is leaving it in a very good position for the future.”

A formal process to select a new Chief within the North Westside Fire Department will begin soon.

(February 3, 2016)

Source: RDCO Whats New http://www.regionaldistrict.com/whats-new.aspx

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.pdf icon January 25, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 8.1B Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No 1368 2015

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.pdf icon January 25, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.1B Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No 1368 2015

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WHEREAS the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan established by Bylaw No. 418 cited as the "Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Bylaw No. 418,1990", as amended, a service for the purpose of providing fire protection to a portion of the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area;
AND WHEREAS the Regional Board deems it necessary to amend the boundary of the said service area to exclude the following parcels, resulting from City of Kelowna expansions:
Lot B, DL 144&120 and Sec 24 TP 23 ODYD, Plan KAP51562;
Strata Lots 1 to 99, DL 144&120 and Sec 24 TP 23 ODYD, Strata Plan KAS1411;
Lot B, District Lot 123 ODYD Plan EPP41714;
As identified on Schedule "A" attached hereto;
AND WHEREAS the Director of the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area has consented in writing to the adoption of this Bylaw;
NOW THEREFORE THE REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL OKANAGAN IN OPEN MEETING ASSEMBLED ENACTS AS FOLLOWS:
1. The boundary of the Ellison Fire Protection Area established by the "Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Bylaw No. 418, 1990" , is hereby amended by deleting Schedule "A", and replacing it with Schedule liN attached hereto and forming part of this bylaw.
2. This bylaw may be cited as the "Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1368, 2015".

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.pdf icon January 25, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

4. ADOPTION OF MINUTES

4.1 Special Board Meeting December 15, 2015 and Regular Board Meeting January 14, 2016 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Discussion ensued regarding specific director comments not being included in the minutes. It was noted that minutes are not verbatim but an attempt to capture generic comments. Audio of the board meetings is posted online for
those who want to hear all director comments.

BASRAN/FORTIN
THAT the Special Board Meeting minutes of December 15, 2015, the Regular Board Meeting minutes of January 14, 2016 be adopted.
CARRIED (Opposed: Carson)

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2. ADDITION OF LATE ITEMS
Amend #8. to read Business Arising, 8.1 Adoption of Service Area Boundary Amendment Bylaws; move Directors Items to #9; and move Adjourn to In Camera #10.

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8. BUSINESS ARISING

8.1 Service Area Boundary Amendments - Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

a) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015, ADOPTION (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
BAKER/DEHART
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1367 be adopted this 25th day of January 2016.
CARRIED Unanimously

b) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015 ADOPTION  (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1368 be adopted this 25th day of January 2016.
CARRIED Unanimously

c) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015 ADOPTION (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1369 be adopted this 25th day of January 2016.

CARRIED Unanimously

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9. DIRECTOR ITEMS (items for information)

a) Director Carson raised a follow-up question regarding payment for the volunteer firefighters for the Shelter Cove fire which has not been completed.
Staff will follow-up to ensure payment is made.

b) The question was raised regarding who pays for fire response to a fire located outside a fire protection area? Kelowna and Joe Rich recently responded to a fire on Hwy 33 that was outside fire protection boundaries. Health Canada regulations apply to legal medical facilities. The question was raised whether facilities are required to be located in a fire protection area?

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Independent Review of Fire Services

The Regional Board has given support in principle to the recommendations outlined in a (third party review of RDCO Fire Services).

The detailed and extensive independent review was conducted during a four and a half month period in 2015 by POMAX Consulting.

The Board sees the recommendations as positive steps forward for the four paid-on-call fire services and their dedicated volunteers who serve as firefighters within the Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside and Wilson’s Landing communities. Most of the recommendations support continued coordination and administrative support by the Regional District to standardize bylaws, operating guidelines and policies providing increased consistency across the departments. The Board believes the report recommendations will create opportunities for financial efficiencies through the effective coordination and management of training, purchasing and operations of the four departments. (Information about RDCO Fire Services http://www.regionaldistrict.com/your-services/fire-protection.aspx)

One major theme from the report suggests reorganizing each of the four RDCO paid-on-call fire departments into one unified department under one fire chief (role of the Manager of Fire and Inspection Services), while the existing four fire departments would become four fire districts that could include deputy fire chiefs or divisional chiefs in each district.

The Board has asked staff to present a report outlining the implications and possible action for each of the 22 recommendations.

(January 15, 2016)

Source: http://www.regionaldistrict.com/whats-new.aspx

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.pdf icon January 14, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Independent Review of RDCO Fire Services

The Regional Board has given support in principle to the recommendations outlined in a third party review of RDCO Fire Services. The detailed and extensive independent review was conducted during a four and a half month period in 2015 by POMAX Consulting. The Board sees the recommendations as positive steps forward for the four paid-on-call fire services and their dedicated volunteers who serve as firefighters within the Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside and Wilson’s Landing communities. Most of the recommendations support continued coordination and administrative support by the Regional District to standardize bylaws, operating guidelines and policies providing increased consistency across the departments. The Board believes the report recommendations will create opportunities for financial efficiencies through the effective coordination and management of training, purchasing and operations of the four departments. The Board has asked staff to present a report outlining the implications and possible action for each of the 22 recommendations. One major theme from the report suggests reorganizing each of the four RDCO paid-on-call fire departments into one unified department under one fire chief (role of the Manager of Fire and Inspection Services), while the existing four fire departments would become four fire districts that could include deputy fire chiefs or divisional chiefs in each district.

Director Items are usually not mentioned in the Highlights, so there is nothing in the Highlights about these two Director Items below.

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.pdf icon January 14, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1A POMAX Consulting Fire Service Review

.pdf icon Item 7.1L Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program Service Review

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Director Items are usually not mentioned in the Agenda, so there is nothing in the Agenda about these two Director Items below.

SUBJECT: POMAX Consulting -Fire Service Review
Purpose: To provide the Board with an opportunity to review the twenty two recommendations contained in the POMAX Fire Service Review and additionally ask questions to POMAX staff.
Executive Summary:
At the November 12, 2015 Governance and Services meeting the Committee received the report titled "Regional District of Central Okanagan Fire Services Review" completed by POMAX Consulting. A high level presentation summarized the findings.
Mr. Jon Hambides, Principal POMAX Consulting will be in attendance to provide a detailed presentation to the Board on the twenty two recommendations based on POMAX's review and conclusions.
RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Board receive the presentation on the Fire Services Review (November 2015) from Mr. Jon Hambides, Principal POMAX Consulting Inc.
AND THAT the Board approve support in principle for the recommendations included in the POMAX Fire Services Review report;
AND FURTHER THAT the Board request staff report back outlining the implications of implementing all of the recommendations in the POMAX Fire Services Review Report.

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SUBJECT: Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program - Service Review
Purpose: To bring forward recommendations from the Governance & Services Committee with regard to the service review for the Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program.
Executive Summary:
The attached service review report was presented at the November 12, 2015 Governance & Services Committee meeting and the following resolution was adopted:
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board provide direction to staff to review and update the Fire Prevention Bylaw No. 1066 and bring back to the Board for consideration of amendment;
AND FURTHER THAT the Board continue to support the current service delivery model for the Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program.
CARRIED (Opposed: Carson/Hanson/Fortin)
RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Board continue to support the current service delivery model for the Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program;
AND FURTHER THAT the Board direct staff to review and update the Fire Prevention Bylaw No. 1066 and bring back to the Board for consideration.
Respectfully Submitted:
Brian Reardon
Chief Administrative Officer

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7. NEW BUSINESS

7.1 Rise & Report - November 12, 2015 Governance & Services Committee Meeting

a) POMAX Consulting - Fire Service Review (Delegation: Jon Hambides, Principal POMAX Consulting) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

POMAX Consulting was contracted in 2015 to complete a service review on the electoral area fire services. The final report with 22 recommendations was presented to the Board's Governance & Services Committee in November 2015. It is being presented to the Board for final consideration. Jon Hambides of POMAX addressed the Board providing an overview of the
proposed recommendations:
• The project process for the review was outlined.
• Recommendations were highlighted:
o Formal written agreement to transfer ownership
o Purchasing authority - planning required on a business-like process.
   Find efficiencies and cooperation with other local governments.
o No business case for Ellison classroom/clubroom in the community hall at an annual cost of $29,749. Recommend that meeting space be relocated to the Ellison Firehall.
o Amend bylaws - currently they are fairly basic (ie: 'including but not limited to' which is too wide-ranging). Need to determine what you want the fire departments to do. Some do more than others. This is particularly important in regards to training in volunteer departments.
There are liability issues and concerns in regards to expectations for the departments.
o Operational and administrative guidelines should be the same for all fire services, professionally written and exceptions should be documented.
o RDCO must satisfy the requirements of the BC Structure Firefighter Competency and Training Playbook.
o Join with the City of Kelowna on a regional electronic records management system. All history to be transferred into a new client accessible system.
o Apply a moratorium on administration hours at each department. Work with fire chiefs to determine what administration duties are and establish policies, guidelines and procedures on 'administration'.
o Develop a standardized process and succession planning for all departments. Formalize an administrative policy on hiring fire chiefs.
o Establish and formalize policies and procedures for minimum level of service (response) in order to meet the approved service delivery standards within each department.
o Restructure fire services to include one fire chief to oversee the four fire departments, and a local fire services structure that include deputy fire chiefs in each department. Level of authorities to be established for a standard service organization.
o Fire services organizational structure should not operate independently.
The current structure needs to change.
o The four departments should become four fire service districts. The Community Services Department to continue on their current path to increase effectiveness and efficiency.

Discussion:
The POMAX recommendations are for Board consideration. Staff will review the recommendations and come back to the Board with a report outlining the implications for further discussion.
It is the Board's responsibility to ensure fire departments are operating as required as the liability sits with the Board as a Whole.
It would be negligent of the Board not to work to improve the operation of all departments.
Recommendations do not regionalize the service. It's a consolidation of four departments for efficiencies, coordination, saving taxpayer dollars, and bringing greater control over administration and operational issues.
The recommended organization changes outlined are how other fire departments operate throughout Canada.
The outcomes are the 'outcomes'. Status quo cannot be an option to consider going forward.
The job of the Board is to look forward. Historical information is relevant. There are some sensitive personnel matters outlined in the report but the report is not based on innuendo but facts. The Board had agreed In Camera that the full report was to be made public.
Applaud POMAX for completing a report based on fact.
Public safety is critical to ensure volunteers are trained appropriately.
This is not a condemnation of the work volunteers have done now or in the past. This is about moving forward to the next level to ensure strong community centred departments - effective, efficient, safety for the volunteer firefighters and the public they serve.

FINDLATER/BASRAN
THAT the Board receive the presentation on the Fire Services review (November 2015) from Mr. Jon Hambides, Principal POMAX Consulting;
AND THAT the Board approve support in principle for the recommendations included in the POMAX Fire Service Review report;
AND FURTHER THAT the Board request staff report back outlining the implications of implementing all of the recommendations in the POMAX Fire Services Review report.

CARRIED (Opposed Carson, Hanson)

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I) Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program (EA Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 4, 2016 outlined the 2015 service review for the electoral area fire prevention program.
Director Carson noted he is opposed to continuation of the fire prevention program. Both electoral area directors have stated their wish to withdraw from this service.
The question was raised what withdrawal from this service would mean to the services provided to the residents of the electoral areas. Staff noted a further report would be forthcoming outlining the issues and implications.

HANSON/CARSON
THAT the Electoral Area Fire Prevention program service review be received;
AND FURTHER THAT the electoral area directors continue discussions with the CAO regarding the implications of opting out of the service.

CARRIED Unanimously

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8. DIRECTOR ITEMS (items for information)

b) Director Carson raised the question whether volunteer firefighters have been paid for fighting the Shelter Cove fire. Staff noted they get paid their base rate, and are topped up when monies are received from Province. Staff will look into whether full payment has been completed.

c) The question was raised when the electronic board software will be implemented. It was noted that there have been some challenges that have delayed implementation of the I-pads and software but that final work is being completed for implementation in the first quarter of 2016.

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North Westside firefighter award first scholarship
Infotel.ca - December 17, 2015 - Contributed/Regional District Central Okanagan

A young North Westside Firefighter is the recipient of the inaugural North Westside Fire Rescue Society scholarship.

At the age of 17, Tyler Folk started as a junior firefighter with the paid-on-call department while he was attending high school in Vernon and graduated earlier this spring. Coinciding with his secondary school graduation, Tyler also completed his firefighter recruitment training with the department which serves the Westside Road subdivisions of Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Fintry and Upper Fintry.

The Society’s Jason Satterwaite, says Tyler is a great first recipient of the award. “He’s become a great firefighter and has shown a talent for first medical response, achieving his level 3 accreditation. Tyler’s goal is to become a paramedic and work his way towards a professional firefighting career. He plans to use the scholarship funds to take a paramedic course in early 2016 through the Justice Institute of BC.”

The non-profit North Westside Fire Rescue Society mandate is to ensure the betterment of the department and community and conducts fundraising activities throughout the year. Its members decided this year to set up a $1,000 scholarship for members of the department who are considering a professional emergency services career and wish to further their education. Candidates provide a written application to the Society and must give a presentation to department members to explain why they should be selected. The recipient is chosen by all department members in a private ballot vote.

Satterwaite adds, “We’re pleased to offer Tyler and potentially other young members of the department some financial help as an incentive to achieve their longer term professional goals as emergency service providers.”

Source: http://infotel.ca/newsitem/north-westside-firefighter-award-first-scholarship/it26021

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.pdf icon December 7, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Wildfire Prevention Fuel Treatment Grants
The Regional Board has received letters from the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) which has approved two grants under the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative program, providing 90% of the eligible costs of operational wildfire hazard reduction and fuel treatments. The program is providing up to $64,638 to reduce the fire hazard on just over 7.5-hectares in Mill Creek Regional Park. As well, a grant of up to $73,305 has been approved for fuel modification on just over five hectares in Black Mountain / sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park. Since the inception of the funding program, the Regional District has received more than one million dollars for a variety of fuel modification projects including creation of a region-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan and Operational Wildfire Protection Plan for Regional Parks.

New False Alarm Reduction Program Bylaw
The Regional Board has adopted a new Security Alarm Systems Bylaw, replacing the bylaw created ten years ago for the False Alarm Reduction program. The new bylaw is more user-friendly and readable and simplifies definitions in order to improve compliance and registration of business and residential alarm systems. Annual fees for renewing or registering a new alarm system remain $10 for residential systems and $15 for commercial alarms although some penalties are increasing for unregistered alarm systems. All alarm systems in the Central Okanagan including non-monitored, must be registered.

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.pdf icon Item 5.2 UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative Funding

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Item 5.2 UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative Funding

RE: Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative - Approval of Operational Fuel Treatment (SWPI-554: Mill Creek Regional Park Operational Treatment, 2015)

Thank you for submitting an application for an operational fuel treatment grant for the above noted project. The Provincial Fuel Management Working Group has reviewed your submission and the application requirements have been met.

The application form indicates a total project cost of $71,820.00. As the applicant is required to contribute 10% of the total project cost, the working group has approved a grant in the amount of $64,638.00, or 90% of the actual eligible project costs, whichever is less. The balance of the project cost (10%) is required to be funded through community contributions.

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RE: Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative - Approval of Operational Fuel Treatment (SWPI-551: Black Mountain Operational Treatment, 2015)

The application form indicates a total project cost of $81,450.00. As the applicant is required to contribute 10% of the total project cost, the working group has approved a grant in the amount of $73,305.00, or 90% of the actual eligible project costs, whichever is less. The balance of the project cost (10%) is required to be funded through community contributions.

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Item 8.2 False Alarm Reduction Bylaw

Purpose: To seek Board approval to repeal Regional District of Central Okanagan Security Alarm Systems Bylaw No. 1081, 2004, and adopt a new False Alarm Systems Bylaw.

Executive Summary:
A bylaw to regulate Security Alarm Systems in the Central Okanagan was adopted on July 11, 2005. Since adoption of the bylaw ten years ago it has become evident that a more reader friendly bylaw was necessary. Key changes to the new bylaw include: reducing unnecessary content with 'reader-friendly' language, removing the application form from the bylaw and revising 'Schedule 'A' - Fees. Removing excess wording and simplifying definitions in the bylaw will lead to a better understanding of the service and thereby resulting in improved compliance of the bylaw regulations.

The application form will be made readily accessible to the public as a separate link on the RDCO website. Changes to the existing fee schedule will eliminate loop-holes in the bylaw, as well as encourage Alarm Company promotion of customer awareness and compliance to the bylaw. Staff are working on implementing education and promotional tools to ensure the citizens of the Central Okanagan are aware of the bylaw and their responsibility to comply with its regulations.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT RDCO False Alarm Reduction Bylaw be given first, second and third readings and adopted.

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5.2 Union of BC Municipalities - Approval of Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative for Mill Creek Regional Park Operational Treatment (2015) and Black Mountain Operational Treatment (2015) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/FORTIN
THAT the correspondence from the Union of BC Municipalities confirming approval of grant funding for Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative for Mill Creek Regional Park Operational Treatment (2015) and Black Mountain Operational Treatment (2015) be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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8.2 RDCO False Alarm Reduction Bylaw No. 1382, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (Stakeholders: West Kelowna, Peachland, Lake Country, Central Okanagan West and Central Okanagan East Electoral Area Directors Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 30, 2015 outlined the security alarm system service to the Regional District. The original bylaw is outdated, there is excess content and is wordy, it has difficult phrases to understand, forms were included in the
bylaw complicating changes to the form and creating customer service problems.
Registration fees have not been changed--$10 residential, $15.00 commercial.
The main focus is to achieve 100% adherence to the program. Fees have been increased for unregistered alarms when false alarms occur. In consultation with the RCMP, alarm companies are being held more responsible to ensure residents are registered.

Payment channels include in person, bank or online. Staff is aware there are issues with the online payment system and this is being addressed with the service provider. RCMP is not required to respond to unregistered alarms. RCMP determines if the alarm is false. The goal is to have police respond only to valid alarms. Police time is more productive attending real issues, instead of alarms not working properly.
The question was raised whether this system can be tied to fire services. Staff noted that further discussion will occur whether this in fact can be implemented.

BAKER/CARSON
THAT RDCO False Alarm Reduction Bylaw No. 1382 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this t h day of December 2015.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon November 23, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

July – September Program & Service Update

The Regional Board has received an update on program and service accomplishments during the third quarter of the year. These include receipt of a Small Communities Fund grant of $1.9-million for upgrades to the Killiney Beach water system; the creation of two new composting instructional videos by the Regional Waste Reduction Office; two national awards for the Economic Development Commission; a clean GST audit report and the start of preparations for the 2016 budget process. Potential deficits have been identified and staff is working to mitigate in the areas of Electoral Area Planning, Economic Development and the Dietrich/Trepanier water system. The Regional District provided staff along with other local government partners during three activations of the Emergency Operations Centre for the Joe Rich/Huckleberry fire, the Bear Creek fire and the Shelter Cove/Westside Road wildfire. After nine months, the Dog Control service has 20,700 licensed dogs (19,815 from Jan. - Sept. 2014). In Planning, Service Agreements for Fringe Area Planning have been endorsed between the Regional District and four member municipalities. In Parks Services, three draft management plans are being developed; a new Cottonwoods pedestrian bridge has been installed over Mission Creek and a community consultation survey was conducted on possible infrastructure upgrades for the Fintry Community Park – Lake Access #3.

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.pdf icon Item 8.1 Third Quarter Work Plan And Budget Variance Report

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Purpose: To provide the Board with third quarter year-to-date information pertaining to the 2015 work plan and budget variance report.

Executive Summary:
We are pleased to present the 3rd Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report to September 30th, 2015. You will notice a new graphic system in this report that uses traffic light icons to indicate the work plan / budget variance status for each service provided by the RDCO:

Red Light - indicates work plan and/or budget targets not met
Yellow Light - indicates potential or minor variances expected
Green Light - indicates work plan and budget targets are tracking well and are expected to be met

As of September 30th all work plans and service revenues / expenses are within anticipated budget parameters, with the following exceptions:

Function Description Deficit
1. 111 - Electoral Area Planning • Potential deficit due to unanticipated $? leqal expenses
2. 120 - Economic Development • New Economic Development Officer $25,000 and new programming
3. 306 - Trepanier Bench Water • Potential deficit anticipated due to $? unexpected operational costs

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Board receive this report for information.

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8. FINANCIAL & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

8.1 2015 - 3rd Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 17, 2015 outlined the 3rd quarter work plan and budget variance to September 30, 2015.

The Administrator reviewed the report. Three exceptions were highlighted:
• Potential deficit in legal expenses for electoral area planning due to unforeseen legal expenses;
• Projected deficit for Economic Development Commission - due to a reduction in revenue and staff benefit payout. It was noted that when end of employment occurs funds for vacation, sick time are paid out and are not budgeted in the current budget.
• Unexpected operating expenses for maintenance at the Trepanier Bench Water system.

The question was raised how deficits covered.
o If expenses for the service are higher than revenue at the end of the year, it may require additional taxation in the next year to cover a deficit.
o As legal expenses for dog control are higher than anticipated, how will this be covered? It is anticipated the additional revenue for licensing, and reduction of expenditure will cover the deficit. The question was raised if a legal reserve for dog control should be established. Staff noted this can be reviewed at budget.
o How will a deficit in legal fees in electoral area planning be covered? Currently this will be borne by the entire Board as all partners participate in electoral area planning?

BASRAN/DEHART
THAT the 2015 3rd Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance report be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon November 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.11 Fire Prevention Program Service Review

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Item 7.11 Fire Prevention Program Service Review
Purpose: To present a Service Review Report for the Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program and confirm if there are any additional issues the Board wishes to have addressed.

Executive Summary:
On January 16, 2014 the Board approved a Service Establishment Bylaw Review Schedule that has every service the Regional District provides reviewed every five (5) years. In 2015 the Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program is one of ten services that are subject to review. In preparing this Service Review Report staff reviewed the program's mandate, goals, and activities to confirm we are achieving the Board's objective of providing efficient, cost effective services.
The primary objective of this program is to increase fire prevention through education & enforcement, reduce the loss of life, increase public safety, as well as teaching people how to protect their property and the environment.
The Fire Prevention Service is currently meeting the Board's mandate and requirements of the public, although staff has identified areas that the Board could consider for review, amendment and improvement. Areas for review would include revision of the Fire Prevention Bylaw 1066, incorporation of any recommendations coming from the independent review of the Local Fire Service Areas and consider the implications of potential changes to the service due to amendments of the BC Fire Services Act which are currently under consideration.
At this time staff would be pleased to answer any questions the Board may have regarding this report and ask the Board if it has any other issues they would like followed up on in this review.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board provide direction to staff to review and update the Fire Prevention Bylaw NO.1066 and bring back to the Board for consideration of amendment.
AND THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board continue to support the current service delivery model for the Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program.

Item 7.12 Fire Service Program Service Review
Purpose: To present the independent Fire Service Review Report for the Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas.

Executive Summary:
During the 2015 Budget deliberations senior staff raised concerns about how some of the Fire Departments in the Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas were being run and recommended that the Board approve retaining an independent consultant to undertake a wholesale review of these services. The Board approved this recommendation and subsequently approved the Terms of Reference for a public Request for Proposals (RFP) process at their regular Board meeting held on May 25th, 2015. The Terms of Reference focused on, but was not limited to the following:
  • Finance, Bylaw and Policy
  • Training, Recruitment, Retention and Records
  • Recommendations on Best Practices and Long Term Strategy
  • Organizational Structure

Following an extensive review of the proposals POMAX Consulting Inc. was awarded the contract and has just recently finalized their report, a copy of which is attached hereto.
RECOMMENDATIONS:
1. THAT the Governance & Services Committee receive the ~RegionaJ District of Central Okanagan - Fire Services Review" report from POMAX Consulting, dated November, 2015;
2. THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommend the Board approve "Support in Principle" for the recommendations included in the POMAX Fire Services Review Report;
3. AND THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommend the Board request a staff report outlining the implications of implementing all of the recommendations in the POMAX Fire Services Review Report.

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7.11 Fire Prevention Program (Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas)

Staff report dated November 3, 2015 outlined the Fire Prevention Program servicing the two electoral areas. The objective of this program is to increase fire prevention awareness through education and enforcement, reduce the loss of life, increase public safety, educate people how to protect their property and the environment from fire. Areas of review going forward include updating the Fire Prevention Bylaw No. 1066 to include any amendments of the BC Fire Service Act which are currently under consideration by the Province.

The program oversees the four rural fire departments and participates on the regional program (Regional Rescue, Emergency Operation Centre, Emergency Preparedness Program and fire prevention in the electoral areas). Staff is reviewing a fee for burning permits in the future to assist with administrative costs of the service.

It was noted that the electoral area directors have verbally stated they wish to withdraw from this service.

It was stated that there is a formal process for withdrawal from a service which will be required to be followed should the electoral area directors wish to withdraw from any service. In discussion with the Chair and CAO, it was stated to the electoral area directors that further dialogue would occur with the directors after the service reviews were completed, including what process would be required if a formal request to withdraw from a service was received.

CARSON/HANSON
THAT discussion on the electoral area fire prevention program (7.11) and fire service review (7.12) be POSTPONED until the electoral area directors have a meeting with the Chair and CAO to discuss the process for withdrawal from the Fire Prevention Program and Electoral Area Fire Services.

DEFEATED (In favor: Carson/Hanson/Fortin)

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board provide direction to staff to review and update the Fire Prevention Bylaw No. 1066 and bring back to the Board for consideration of amendment;
AND FURTHER THAT the Board continue to support the current service delivery model for the Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program.

CARRIED (Opposed: Carson/Hanson/Fortin)

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7.12 Fire Service Program (Pomax Consulting Inc. Review) (Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas)

Staff report dated November 3, 2015 provided an overview of the Board's decision to undergo an independent fire services review of the electoral area fire service program. The Terms of Reference for the review focused on the following:
• Finance, Bylaw and Policy
• Training, Recruitment, Retention and Records
• Recommendations on Best Practices and Long Term Strategy
• Organizational Structure

POMAX Consulting was awarded the contract and has just recently completed their review.
Glen Miller, POMAX Consulting provided an overview of the review of the fire service. A summary of 22 recommendations proposed was highlighted in the review. The consultant noted that candid feedback from all fire departments, including the volunteer firefighters and fire chief, was received during the review.
Overall recommendations in the POMAX study included: the Community Services should continue on their current path to increased effectiveness and efficiency; the Board should support this continuing initiative; four fire services should be
reorganized into one department headed by a fire chief rather than a manager; and the four departments should become four fire service districts.

Discussion on service review report:
• The POMAX recommendations are only recommendations for consideration by the Regional Board.
• Significant recommendations are being proposed including appointing one chief and four divisions. Has there been discussion with the fire chiefs and the departments? Not at this time. Further consideration is required.
• Is there consideration for increased staffing and costs? Training would be coordinated over-all. Review of the structure for each of the four departments still needs to be considered and reviewed.
• The recommendations proposed is a regionalization of the fire services which the electoral area directors were opposed to.
• Has there been consideration of the municipal fire departments providing services to the electoral areas?
• There is a challenge in other local governments with small 'electoral area' fire departments - consolidation is occurring in other electoral areas in the province.
• There may be a financial benefit to consolidate services ie: consistent training, purchasing of supplies?
• Clearly articulated policies and bylaws updates are needed.
• Some departments have societies, some don't. Some fundraise and purchase a variety of equipment. They provide some equipment to the departments - assets donated need to be transferred to the Regional District ie: defibrillator, firefighting gear/equipment.
• There is still work to be done on the implications of each recommendation.
• What was the cost of the review? Staff noted final costs have yet to be completed.

STACK/BAKER
THAT the Governance and Services Committee receive the "Regional District of Central Okanagan - Fire Services Review" report from POMAX Consulting dated November 2015;
AND THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board approve Support in Principle for the recommendations included in the POMAX Fire Services Review report, and that the Board request staff report back outlining the implications of implementing all of the recommendations in the POMAX Fire Services Review Report.

CARRIED (Opposed: Carson/Hanson)

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.pdf icon Item 5.1 Four Service Area Boundary Amendments Central Okanagan East

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RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the following bylaws be repealed:
:> Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015
:> Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015
:> Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015
:> Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015

AND FURTHER THAT the following bylaws be given 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings:
:> Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1367, 2015
:> Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1368, 2015
:> Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1369, 2015

Background:
The service areas are located in the community of Ellison, directly east of and abutting, the boundary of the City of Kelowna. The mapping revisions are minor, three areas on the map are pre-empted by City of Kelowna boundary expansions and a fourth by an in-fill subdivision that was bisected by a service area boundary line.
The amendment bylaws will not affect or change the purpose, intent, fees and charges, or level of service that are currently in effect for any of the services and are purely a matter of housekeeping.

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5. BUSINESS ARISING

5.1 Service Area Boundary Amendments - Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

a) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015, REPEAL (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

b) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015 REPEAL (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

c) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015 REPEAL (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

d) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015 REPEAL (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

HANSON/SIEBEN
THAT
• Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015 be repealed;
• Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015 be repealed;
• Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360; 2015 be repealed;
• Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015 be repealed.
CARRIED Unanimously

e) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1367, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
f) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1368 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
g) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1369 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

HANSON/SIEBEN
THAT:
• Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1367 be given first, second and third readings and forwarded to the Inspector for approval;
• Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1368 be given first, second and third readings and forwarded to the Inspector for approval;
• Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1369 be given first, second and third readings and forwarded to the Inspector for approval:

CARRIED Unanimously

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9. DIRECTOR ITEMS (information items)

• Chair Given acknowledged the loss of Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer, Rhoda Mueller. Her amazing leadership in the services she delivered to the Regional District will be missed.
• Director Hanson requested a meeting to review services the electoral area director wishes to opt out of. The Director is to set a meeting with the CAO to discuss.
• Director Carson raised a concern regarding works being done at Site 3 Fintry Park. The Director is to set a meeting with the CAO to discuss.

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.pdf icon October 26, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Wildfire Prevention Initiative Funding

The Regional Board has adopted a resolution supporting an application to the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) for grants to support two wildfire prevention projects. The first project would involve fuel modification treatment on just over 7.5-hectares in Mill Creek Regional Park. The second fuel modification project would involve just over five hectares in Black Mountain / Sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park. Since the inception of the funding program, the Regional District has received more than one million dollars for a variety of fuel modification projects including creation of a region-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan and Operational Wildfire Protection Plan for Regional Parks.

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.pdf icon Item 8.2 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative Support For Projects

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Purpose:
To comply with the requirements of the UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI) application process by providing a Board resolution when submitting the application indicating support for the proposed activities and willingness to provide overall grant management.

Executive Summary:
The Strategic wildfire Prevention Initiative is a funding program administered by UBCM that supports communities to mitigate risk from wildfire in the wildland urban interface. The current SWPI program provides 90% of funding for operational treatments.
Parks Services has submitted two applications for wildfire fuel reduction treatments in regional parks for the October 2015 intake. The Mill Creek application requests grant funding of $64,638.00 for treatment of 7.56 ha. The Black Mountain / Sntsk'il'nten application requests grant funding of $73,305.00 for treatment of 5.43 ha.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board support the October 2015 UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative applications for funding of operational fuel management treatments in Mill Creek and Black Mountain I Sntsk'il'nten Regional Parks including planned activities and overall grant management for these forest fuel reduction treatments;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board continues to support future RDCO applications to the UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative which include planned activities and overall grant management for both forest fuel reduction prescriptions and onsite operational fuel treatments in Regional Parks in accordance with the 2015-2019 Financial Plan.

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8.2 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative - Support for Projects (All Directors Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 19, 2015 outlined the UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative grant applications for funding of operational fuel management treatments in Mill Creek and Black Mountain/Sntsk'i1'nten Regional Parks.

The question was raised whether grant funds can be applied to community parks such as Killiney Beach Park. It was noted that UBCM would likely not support funding for small community parks. Of note, staff worked with WFN when they were doing fire mitigation work on adjacent lands in Westshore. There is no government grant funding for private lands. Staff will continue to review operational needs in the community parks.

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board support the October 2015 UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative applications for funding of operational fuel management treatments in Mill Creek and Black Mountain/Sntsk'il'nten Regional Parks including planned activities and overall grant management for these forest fuel reduction treatments;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board continues to support future RDCO applications to the UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative which include planned activities and overall grant management for both forest fuel reduction
prescriptions and onsite operational fuel treatments in regional parks in accordance with the 2015-2019 Financial Plan.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Chair Given saying that RDCO received a $10 million grant from the Province for Fuel Mitigation because this was a Director Item

UBCM Conference Highlights
The Regional Board discussed a number of highlights from the recent Union of BC Municipalities conference. Meetings were held with Premier Christy Clark and several key members of the Provincial cabinet and the Board was pleased with the positive reception and ongoing commitment to keep Zebra and Quagga Mussels out of BC waters.

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8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

• The Regional Board discussed a number of highlights from the recent Union of BC Municipalities conference. The Province committed to $10mil to fuel modification in BC. Meetings were held with the Premier and several key members of the provincial cabinet. There was a positive reception and ongoing commitment to keep Zebra and Quagga Mussels out of BC waters.

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.pdf icon Item 6.1B Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No 1359 2015

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Being a bylaw to amend the "Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Bylaw No. 418, 1990"
WHEREAS the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan established by Bylaw No. 418 cited as the "Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Bylaw No. 418, 1990", as amended, a service for the purpose of providing fire protection to a portion of the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area;
AND WHEREAS the Regional Board deems it necessary to amend the boundary of the said service area to exclude the following parcels, resulting from City of Kelowna expansions:
Lot B, DL 144&120 and Sec 24 TP 23 ODYD, Plan KAP51562;
Strata Lots 1 to 99, DL 144&120 and Sec 24 TP 23 ODYD, Strata Plan KAS1411;
Lot B, District Lot 123 ODYD Plan EPP41714;
As identified on Schedule "A" attached hereto;
AND WHEREAS the Director of the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area has consented in writing to the adoption of this Bylaw;

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6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

6.1 Service Area Boundary Amendments - Central Okanagan East Electoral Area

a) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015, Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/CARSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015 be adopted this 24th day of August 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

b) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359,2015 Adoption (All Directors Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015 be adopted this 24th day of August 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

c) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015 Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/CARSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015 be adopted this 24th day of August 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

d) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015 Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/CARSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015 be adopted this 24th day of August 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

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January - June Program and Service Update

The Regional Board has received an update on program and service accomplishments during the first half of the year. Among the key highlights: the successful negotiation and ratification of a new five year collective agreement with CUPE Local 338 RDCO unit; RDCO staff went on the road holding five well-attended Information Open Houses in several neighbourhoods of the two electoral areas to answer questions about programs and services; launching of the new RDCO website with improved site search capabilities and adoption of the 2015-2019 Financial Plan. In addition, the Board was told that paid-on-call firefighter recruitment is up at all four RDCO fire departments and the Crime Prevention Coordinator has helped organize new Block Watch programs for Joe Rich and several neighbourhoods in West Kelowna. At mid-year, the Dog Control service has 19,756 licensed dogs (11,409 in June 2014) with almost 3,200 new licenses issued. The convenient online licensing program has brought in increased revenue as more dog owners go online to purchase their dog license. In Parks Services, electrical service was installed for Westshore Estates Community Park and three management plans are in the early stages of development for Woodhaven Nature Conservancy, Black Mountain/Sntsk‘il’ntən and Goats Peak regional parks.

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.pdf icon Item 6.1 2015 Work Plan And Budget Variance Report

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Dog Control Statistics - Year-to-Date June 30, 2015

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Protective Services - Emergency Operations
Fire Services
• The Burning Ban was coordinated with BC Wildfire Services to ensure a consistent message to the public.
o 2 Fire Chiefs have left the RDCO Fire Service and succession planning has provided for qualified individuals to take over the vacant positions.
• Fire Manager attended meetings at all RDCO Fire departments which was well received. Consequently the departments felt reassured, united and positive about the future.
Fire Fighter Recruitment
• New membership is up at all fire departments and recruitment is positive.
o North Westside currently has a waiting list for new members.

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6. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

6.1 2015 - 1st & 2nd Quarter Work Plan & Budget Variance Report (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated July 23, 2015 outlined the first and second quarter work plan and year-to-date budget variances for each service. It should be noted that revenues will be low as some other recoveries and revenues have not been recognized or received at this point in the year. The 3rd quarter report will more accurately reflect revenues.

Of note, year-to-date dog control statistics provided show an increase in dog licensing: 19,756 licenses have been issued to June 30lh (19,815 to December 2014) and, less dogs are being impounded without a license. Two court cases, for three dangerous dogs, in the 2nd quarter have increased legal fees, It is anticipated increased revenue and decrease in other expenses will offset the increased legal fees.  Business licenses and building permits are higher than expected.

SIEBEN/GRAY
THAT the 2015 - 1st & 2nd Quarter Work Plan & Budget Variance Report be received for information;
AND FURTHER THAT the Dog Control Statistics, year-to-date June 30, 2015 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Federal Gas Tax Community Works Funding

The Regional Board has authorized spending $152,000 in Federal Gas Tax Community Works funding for water improvement projects in the Joe Rich area. This funding will cover higher than expected costs in implementing improvements to the Joe Rich Community Hall/Fire Hall water system and Goudie Road Fire Hall water system.

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Item 8.1 Service Area Boundary Amendments Central Okanagan East Electoral Area

Purpose:
To amend the boundaries of three service areas and one specified area in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.

Executive Summary:
The service areas and specified area are located in the community of Ellison, directly east of and abutting, the boundary of the City of Kelowna. The mapping revisions are minor, three areas on the map are pre-empted by City of Kelowna boundary expansions and a fourth by an in-fill subdivision that was bisected by a service area boundary line.
The four amendment bylaws will not affect or change the purpose, intent, fees and charges, or level of service that are currently in effect for any of the services and are purely a matter of housekeeping.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board give 1st, 2nd, and 3rd readings to:
~ Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015
~ Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015
~ Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015
~ Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015

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Item 8.2 Community Works Funding Approval Central Okanagan East Electoral Area

Purpose:

To seek authorization from the Board to utilize the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund.

Executive Summary:
Federal Gas Tax Funds are provided to local governments across Canada to help fund their local infrastructure needs
The Gas Tax - Community Works Fund additional funding requirements associated with the Joe Rich water improvement project is:
• $ 152,000 for Central Okanagan East.

Currently the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund comprises of:
• $171,534 for Central Okanagan East, with an additional $165,352 to be received in 2015.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board authorizes $152,000 be approved for water quality and capacity system improvements in Central Okanagan East.

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8. NEW BUSINESS
8.1 Service Area Boundary Amendments - Central Okanagan East Electoral Area
Staff report dated July 20, 2015 noted that four service areas which are located in the community of Ellison require amendments to the establishment bylaws in order to correct mapping by City of Kelowna previous boundary expansions and a fourth by an in-fill subdivision that was bisected by a service area boundary line.
The amendments will not affect or change the purpose, intent, fees and charges, or level of service that are currently in effect for any of the services and are purely a matter of housekeeping.

a) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/OPHUS
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area "I" Local Transit Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1358, 2015 be given first, second and third readings this 27'h day of July 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

b) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Byiaw No. 1359, 2015 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
HANSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1359, 2015 be given first, second and third reading this 27th day of July 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

c) Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
FINDLATER/DEHART
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ellison Community Parks Specified Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1360, 2015 be given first, second and third readings this 27th day of July 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

d) Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading (All Directors - Unweighted Vole)
GRAY/HANSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area 'I' Ellison Heritage Community Centre Local Service Area Establishment Amending Bylaw No. 1361, 2015 be given first, second and third readings this 27th day of July 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

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8.2 Community Works Funding Approval - Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated July 20, 2015 outlined the Community Works Funding planned for the Joe Rich water quality and capacity improvement project for the Joe Rich Fire Service Area and the Goudie Road Fire Hall water system. The question was raised why potable water standards must be met for this project. Staff will reconfirm Interior Health potable water regulations to determine if there is an alternate system which can be installed.

FINDLATER/CONDON
THAT the Regional Board authorizes $152,000 be approved for water quality and capacity system improvements in Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon July 27, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

2. ADDITION OF LATE ITEMS

Emergency Operation Centre - update on the recent Shelter Cove -- Westside Road fire.

8.3 EOC Service through Fire

Chair Given thanked staff for their work at the recent Shelter Cove fire emergency. All staff from the various municipalities work well together and become one cohesive organization. It was noted that staff also carry on their duties at their local
governments during long hours in the Emergency Operation Centre.

The role of the ESS (emergency support service) volunteers and CDART (Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team) was recognized. They worked long hours in this fire emergency. Our electoral area fire department staff on the westside work long hours and saved structures. BC Hydro worked hard bringing in generators to restore power as soon as reasonably possible. It is believed BC Hydro has restored full power today.

Everyone was reminded to subscribe to www.cordemergency.ca to receive regular updates in all emergency situations in the region.

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New fire chief for Joe Rich
by Contributed - Kelowna Capital News - Jul 30, 2015

A new fire chief has been appointed by the Regional District of Central Okanagan for the Joe Rich Fire Protection District.

Effective immediately, Ben Wasyliuk will take over the chief’s duties for the paid on-call department.

Wasyliuk has been a firefighter with the department since 2011, most recently serving as one of its assistant chiefs.

The selection committee unanimously recommended his appointment, noting Wasyliuk’s qualifications, dedication and service to the Joe Rich Fire/Rescue Department and the respect that he’s garnered among residents in the community and department members.

RDCO fire services manager Dan Wildeman says, “With Ben coming from the ranks of the department, there will be continuity in service for the paid-on-call department from those dedicated members who are committed to providing fire protection, fire prevention and medical first response services throughout the community.”

Source: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/320205571.htm

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.pdf icon July 16, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

30 Years of Fire Service Recognized

The Regional Board has recognized three decades of service to the firefighting and prevention industry by RDCO Fire and Inspection Services manager Dan Wildeman. He was presented with an Exemplary Service Award and pin from the Federal Government for 30 years of public service. Wildeman began with the Abbotsford Fire Department in 1985 rising through the ranks to Training Officer before joining the Regional District in 2013.

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1. CALL TO ORDER
Chair Given brought the meeting to order at 9:02 a.m.
Chair Given presented to staff member Dan Wildeman an Exemplary Service Award and pin from the federal government for 30-years of public service. Dan Wildeman began with the Abbotsford Fire Department in 1985 rising through the ranks to Training Officer before joining the Regional District in 2013.

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B.C. reconsiders penalties for wildfire starters
globalnews.ca - By Staff - The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government has announced it will review fines and penalties in place for people who start wildfires.

Forests Minister Steve Thomson says more than a third of nearly 1,100 fires recorded in the province since April were caused by humans, tying up resources that could have been used to fight fires sparked by lightning.

Thomson says his parliamentary secretary will conduct a review to determine if enhanced penalties will deter people from carelessly starting fires.

Mike Morris says he’ll also consider banning people who break fire prohibitions from provincial parks, and he questioned whether individuals who flick lit cigarette butts out of car windows could have their vehicles impounded.

Provincial fire information officer Navi Saini says 201 blazes are currently burning around the province and that the price tag for battling wildfires has exceeded $100 million.

She says a campfire ban remains in effect across B.C., except for Haida Gwaii and the fog zone, a narrow strip along the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Source: globalnews.ca/news/2110826/b-c-reconsiders-penalties-for-wildfire-starters/

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Director wants chiefs back
Castanet.net - Wayne Moore - May 23, 2015 | Story: 140510

Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet
Patty Hanson isn't going to sit idly by while fire departments within her electoral area are gutted.

Hanson, regional director for Okanagan East, including Joe Rich and Ellison, says she's going to wear pink to regional district board meetings until both fire chiefs are back on the job.

Two weeks ago, Joe Rich fire chief Curtis Nyuli was relieved of his duties, while Ellison chief Kurt Szalla retired.

"They (regional district) bullied my chiefs into taking a severance package and quitting and retiring," says Hanson.

"Both fire chiefs were absolutely dedicated to the fire department, putting in all the time, more than half their life into a community fire department. I want those two individuals to come back to the fire department and both fire departments want their chiefs back as well."

Until that happens, Hanson said she will wear a pink shirt to regional board meetings in protest.

Hanson claims the chiefs were bullied repeatedly by senior officials within the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

"When I talked to Kurt earlier, he has a full-time job, and (fire and inspection services manager) Dan Wildeman would give him so many emails a day and then criticize him for not responding," said Hanson.

"He (Wildeman) even showed up at a fire in Ellison and tried to tell him how to fight the fire. And, the same with Curtis."

Hanson said she reported what she called bullying, harassment and micromanagement of the fire department back in February, but nothing was done.

"It was very frustrating because they have an anti-bullying and harassment bylaw, and once reported you are supposed to go to human resources and start a file. Nothing was done," said Hanson.

She said the regional board is expected to get an explanation as to why Nyuli was relieved of his duties during an in-camera session prior to next Monday's board meeting.

Anything discussed in-camera cannot be talked about publicly.

A series of open houses are also scheduled for early next month in both electoral areas to answer questions concerning various services, including fire protection.

These meetings are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 11 - Killiney Beach Community Hall – 516 Udell Rd.
Thursday, June 4 - Joe Rich Community Hall – 11481 Highway 33 east
Monday, June 8 - Sunset Ranch Golf Clubhouse – 5101 Upper Booth Rd.
Tuesday, June 9 - Ellison Heritage School Community Hall - 4411 Old Vernon Rd.

Source: http://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/140510/Director-wants-chiefs-back

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.pdf icon May 25, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Fire Services Review Scope Approved

The Regional Board has approved the scope of a Service Review of the Regional District’s four paid-on-call fire departments in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas. The document outlines the areas that will be studied in the Fire Services review. 2015 was scheduled as the year that Fire Services would be reviewed as part of the regular five year cycle of all program service reviews approved by the Board in January 2014 (item 5.3 Jan 16, 2014 Board Agenda) . Funding for this service review has been approved in the 2015 budget.

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.pdf icon Item 9.1 Fire Services Review Scope Of Work

*Note* Below is only snippets, please click link above for entire content

The scope of the service review is as follows:

1. Intent & Overview:
The Regional District is seeking proposals from suitably experienced Consultant to deliver a review and analysis of the structure and operations of the Regional District of Central Okanagan's four paid-on-call fire departments. The project aims will be to provide guidance to ensure that the departments are providing the most cost effective operations while meeting all legislated safety requirements and the mandate of the service areas.

Further details on the Scope of Work are provided under sections 2, 3 and 4 herein.

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RDCO parcels and parcels improved in North Westside, COE Joe Rich, Ellison and Wilsons Landing
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2014 RDCO Fire/Rescue Callout Stats

2014 RDCO Fire/Rescue Callout Stats
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.pdf icon May 25, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. ADJOURN IN CAMERA

BAKER/BASRAN
THAT pursuant to Section 90 (k, c) of the Community Charter the Regional Board adjourn and convene to an 'In-Camera' session to discuss:
• Other employee relations,
• Negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are at the preliminary stages.
CARRIED Unanimously

The Board adjourned to In Camera at 7:40 p.m.
The Board rose from In Camera at 8:45 p.m.

9. NEW BUSINESS
9.1 Fire Services Review - Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Area - Approval of Scope of Work (All Director- Unweighted Vote)

The scope of the work for the 2015 Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Area Fire Services Review was outlined. The Board has approved $75,000 in the 2015 budget for an independent review. The scope of the review assignments include: finance, bylaw and policy review; training, recruitment, retention and record keeping; long term strategy; and organizational structure.

The four paid-on-call fire departments are: Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside and Wilson's Landing. It is anticipated a consultant will be named by JUly with all deliverables achieved by mid-September. Staff noted there have been a
number of reviews done in other local governments, therefore it is likely there will be a number of skilled consultants who are qualified to do this work.

It was noted that the 'playbook' brings new requirements for consideration.

Looking at the 'playbook' and how it impacts all the fire departments will be part of the review. Service levels outlined in the 'playbook version' will need to be discussed with the volunteer departments and consideration whether the
community wants a higher level of service and, if so, what the costs would be.

Further discussion will need to be done to understand if that service can be delivered. The review is staged so it will depend on the initial findings in order to determine whether further work is required, and therefore further costs.

BAKER/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board approve the scope of work for the Fire Services Review for Central Okanagan West and East Electoral Areas.

CARRIED (Carson opposed)

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.pdf icon May 14, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about MLA John Slater passing or about RDCO receiving a retirement notice from Ellison Fire Chief Kurt Szalla

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9. DIRECTOR ITEMS

It was noted that John Slater, former BC MLA and mayor of Osoyoos, and former chair of the Okanagan Basin Water Board had passed away.

The Administrator confirmed that the RDCO has received a retirement notice from Ellison Fire Chief Kurt Szalla.

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We have been advised that if you ARE calling about a fire related matter and there is NO answer at the North Westside Road Fire Hall, and its NOT an emergency, to call

Kelowna Fire Department
Station 1
2255 Enterprise Way
Kelowna, BC V1Y-8B8
Non-emergency line: 250-469-8801

If its an emergency Dial 911

Guess our suggestion to RDCO Fire Manager Dan Wildeman (who agreed that forwarding the North Westside Fire Dept's phone to someone that actually answers, wasn't such a good idea after all).  We were advised by letter (below) that if its a non-emergency to call Kelowna Fire Departments non-emergency number.  We did not hear anything on North Westside Roads Fire Dept's answering machine to call the Kelowna Fire Dept's non-emergency number if its a fire related call and there is no answer, the answering machine said to leave a message.  We called North Westside Road Fire Dept's Fire Chief and he seemed frustrated on the phone with our suggestion that the North Westside Roads answering machine should have the message saying to call the Kelowna Fire Dept if no answer.  He said what if its a salesman?  We said, you could say that if this is about a burn permit, you could call the Kelowna Fire Dept's non-emergency number.  He said he isn't going to name everything that someone may need to call the Kelowna Fire Dept for.  We think a message could be left on the phone if its about a fire related matter that you could call the Kelowna Fire Dept's non-emergency number.  We said that right now people call the North Westside Fire Hall about someone illegally burning in their back yard that isn't suppose to, and they get an answering machine and the back yard burning is not attended to because by the time the Fire Chief returns the call later, say on a Monday when he returns to work, the fire is out.  From what we understand, the Fire Chief has to catch someone backyard burning while they are burning, not after the fire is out.  Nowhere is anyone advised to call the Kelowna Fire Dept non-emergency number if no answer at the North Westside Road Fire Hall.  Is it acceptable to you, to get an answering machine saying to leave a message when there is a burning problem that is a non-emergency like someone illegally burning?  A lot of illegal garbage burning happens on a weekend when the Fire Chief is not on duty and there is no answer at the North Westside Road Fire Hall.  Maybe you want to mention something to Dan Wildeman who is RDCO's Fire Manager at the June 2nd or June 11th meetings mentioned below, or maybe not?  How about on a weekend when the Fire Chief is gone and there is no answer at the Fire Hall?  Or everyone just do their illegal burning on a weekend because they know there is no answer at the North Westside Road Fire Hall on a weekend?

If its a non-emergency and there is no answer at the North Westside Road Fire Hall, you can call the number on the letter below which doesn't say who's number it is, but we looked it up on the net and its the Kelowna Fire Dept's non-emergency number.  North Westside Road Fire Chief said we could find the number in the phone book, but we don't have a phone book, we use the net to look up phone numbers.  And how are we suppose to know the Kelowna Fire Dept answers the phone for the North Westside Road Fire Dept when its not on the Westside Road Fire Halls answering machine?  At the June 2, 2015 meeting we tried to get it through to Dan Wildeman that the North Westside Road's answering machine needs to say, if no answer call the Kelowna Fire Dept.  Finally after geting totally frustrated and telling him he is ignorant, he finally admitted that the Kelowna Fire Dept phone number should be on the North Westside Roads answering machine.  Now we wonder if he just said that to appease us like he did the first time saying we had a good idea to forward the North Westside Roads phone to someone who answers, and then doesn't implement it.

Because the property owner has 4 - 1/2 acre lots, and the Fire Chief can allow burning outside the bylaw regulations, the property was able to continue to burn with their burn permit on a good air quality venting day.  It just so happened that, it was also not a good air quality venting day when we reported the fire that was taller than we were.  We found out later that anyone can leave their fire unattended overnight and go to bed, as long as someone is in charge of the fire.  This was surprising to learn because anyone can sleep through a wind that might come up.  This would put the entire subdivision at risk in our opinion.  We feel someone should be watching the fire overnight.

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FIRE & WATER MEETINGS June 2 and June 11, 2015 3pm - 7pm

For clarification we called Director Carson, he said he would like everyone to go to the Open Houses to get informed in regards to water, fire, and whatever services you may be concerned about.  There will be people from RDCO at these two Open Houses.  Director Carson said he may sit in the Library and tell everyone that a week or so later there will be another Open House maybe June 18, 2015 where people can discuss the water, fire and governance with Director Carson to let him know what people want.  COE Director Patty Hanson is asking for a feasibility study on her area going it alone without the RDCO.  Director Carson told us he wants to hear from his community, if they want to go that route too.  The date of June 18, 2015 is not for sure yet as the Killiney Hall needs to be available he said, but Director Carson said he would email us the dates and times of any new meetings.

Director Carson told us he thinks RDCO wants to cut back on our water allowance of 90m³ to 30m³ or something to that effect, don't quote us on the allowance, you need to go to these meetings to find out what allowance RDCO is considering giving everyone and get informed.

Director Carson said there is an Open House for Wilson's Landing July 7, 2015 we think he said, but Director Carson will email us the dates and times he said

Director wants chiefs back
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore | Story: 140510 - May 23, 2015

Patty Hanson isn't going to sit idly by while fire departments within her electoral area are gutted.

Hanson, regional director for Okanagan East, including Joe Rich and Ellison, says she's going to wear pink to regional district board meetings until both fire chiefs are back on the job.

Two weeks ago, Joe Rich fire chief Curtis Nyuli was relieved of his duties, while Ellison chief Kurt Szalla retired.

"They (regional district) bullied my chiefs into taking a severance package and quitting and retiring," says Hanson.

"Both fire chiefs were absolutely dedicated to the fire department, putting in all the time, more than half their life into a community fire department. I want those two individuals to come back to the fire department and both fire departments want their chiefs back as well."

Until that happens, Hanson said she will wear a pink shirt to regional board meetings in protest.

Hanson claims the chiefs were bullied repeatedly by senior officials within the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

"When I talked to Kurt earlier, he has a full-time job, and (fire and inspection services manager) Dan Wildeman would give him so many emails a day and then criticize him for not responding," said Hanson.

"He (Wildeman) even showed up at a fire in Ellison and tried to tell him how to fight the fire. And, the same with Curtis."

Hanson said she reported what she called bullying, harassment and micromanagement of the fire department back in February, but nothing was done.

"It was very frustrating because they have an anti-bullying and harassment bylaw, and once reported you are supposed to go to human resources and start a file. Nothing was done," said Hanson.

She said the regional board is expected to get an explanation as to why Nyuli was relieved of his duties during an in-camera session prior to next Monday's board meeting.

Anything discussed in-camera cannot be talked about publicly.

A series of open houses are also scheduled for early next month in both electoral areas to answer questions concerning various services, including fire protection.

These meetings are scheduled as follows:


Tuesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 11 - Killiney Beach Community Hall – 516 Udell Rd.
Thursday, June 4 - Joe Rich Community Hall – 11481 Highway 33 east
Monday, June 8 - Sunset Ranch Golf Clubhouse – 5101 Upper Booth Rd.
Tuesday, June 9 - Ellison Heritage School Community Hall - 4411 Old Vernon Rd.

The Spring Water Talk tells us these Open Houses are also for water.  Look on the bottom of page 1

Here is some information on RDCO's website about these meetings, it says:

As well, staff from several other RDCO departments will attend these Open Houses as well, to meet and discuss Budgets and Financial Planning, Economic Development Commission, Planning, Fire and Inspection Services, Parks Services and Emergency Preparedness

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Fate of bombers uncertain
Castanet.net - by Nich Johansen | Story: 140441 - May 23, 2015
 


Photo: Contributed - Hilary Shardelow
One of the Martin Mars water bombers collecting water during the 2003 Okanagan Mountain fire.

Kelowna owes a lot to the Martin Mars water bombers, which played a huge role in fighting back the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park forest fire.

And now there is a fight going on over the future of the last two majestic aircraft.

The Okanagan Mountain fire destroyed 238 homes and burned through 25,900 hectares. And it's fair to say those numbers could have been much higher if it weren't for the two massive aircraft continuously dumping water on the blaze.

The Martin Mars flying boats were built in the 1940s for the U.S. Navy and served during the Second World War as long-range patrol craft and transports. It was the largest Allied flying boat to enter production, and only seven were ever built.

Now, only two remain – the Philippine Mars and Hawaiian Mars.

After the war, the surviving aircraft were converted for civilian use and were operated for decades by a consortium of B.C. forest companies as water bombers.

The last two were purchased in 2007 by Coulson Flying Tankers, based out of Port Alberni. But they haven't been contracted to fight forest fires by the provincial government the last few years, as it has moved to using the smaller, more modern Conair fleet.

Now owner Wayne Coulson wants to move one of the bombers, the Philippine Mars, to a museum in Florida. In return, Coulson will receive some smaller Hercules aircraft to be retrofitted as water bombers and other vintage warbirds “that need some work,” according to Coulson.

The Canadian federal government has objected to the trade, however, on grounds the bomber is a "cultural icon" under the Canadian Cultural Property Export Control List.

“We have a process in place to protect the export and import of cultural property,” said Marisa Monnin, director of communications for Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover. “We will let the process take its course.”

While Monnin said she can't comment on specific cases, legislation states that “any item that, regardless of its place of origin, may be considered important from an archaeological, prehistorical, historical, artistic or scientific perspective can be considered cultural property.”

Coulson said at this point the dispute is between the government's lawyers and his lawyers, but he has plans to move the plane at the end of the summer.

“We're moving the airplane late August or early September,” Coulson said.

“I don't know what (the government) can do. I guess they could probably arrest the pilots. They don't own it. I don't know if there's a law in Canada that lets someone come and take someone's property or not.”

Coulson has repainted the bomber to its original navy blue, making it look original for its museum debut. The trade plans with the museum have been in the works for five years, Coulson added.

Meanwhile, Coulson has been attempting to do some horse trading with Ottawa over the second Mars bomber.

There have been talks about the company trading that aircraft for an unspecified number of surplus Canadian military Hercules planes.

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Regional fire questioned
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore | Story: 140343 - May 21, 2015

A regional director and former head of the North Westside Fire Department is questioning the motives of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Wayne Carson, director for Okanagan West, made the comments after Joe Rich fire chief Curtis Nyuli was fired and Ellison chief Kurt Szalla retired.

Carson, who himself stepped down as chief of the North Westside department in 2013, said he believes the regional district is trying to regionalize the four paid-on-call fire departments within its umbrella.

These include Joe Rich and Ellison east of Kelowna, and North Westside and Wilson's Landing on the west side of Okanagan Lake.

Carson said the regional district has stated the change in Joe Rich amounted to a change in direction.

"My understanding, and I'm just a new guy, but my understanding is a change of direction and policy are the authority of the elected officials. Neither director Hanson (Okanagan East) nor I are in favour of any change in direction or policies or anything that is being developed and pushed forward here that regionalizes the fire departments," said Carson.

"We believe they are community fire departments, and they need to be operated that way for the best benefit of the people they serve. Fire departments play a huge role in the communities. I know there are people in my community who have stated quite bluntly if it wasn't for the medical first responder program the fire department did, they would have moved from the community years ago."

Carson said a regional fire service is a bad idea, one he advised against the entire time he was with the department.

He said there wasn't much of a push in that direction until recently.

"At the end of the day, when you roll from a community fire department to a regional fire department, your ability to recruit and retain are heavily stressed," said Carson.

"It's pretty easy to go out there and get people to serve their community and neighbours, but when it turns out to be a regional thing, then it's more about money, and we're not going to get a lot of people coming forward."

He added if membership at any of the fire halls slips below 15, they would lose certification.

"At that point in time, the regional district would have to make some sort of a decision because of the liability involved. I believe they would have no choice but to put career guys in those halls and contract out the service," said Carson.

"I don't know if that is the end game here, but I believe that will be the consequence of the direction they are going. If you lose those members and you are no longer able to attract new members to maintain that level of 15 men, liability issues crop up."

Carson believes a regional service would also cost more, due in part to the addition of another layer of management.

"The regional district now has a fire services manager at the office, so that's $100,000 there that isn't putting a fire truck in front of a house in the electoral areas, and that's my main concern.

"Our job is to respond to the communities."

According to the Regional District communications director Bruce Smith the fire and inspection services manager is responsible for more than just fire departments.

Smith said he's also responsible for building permits, building inspections, business licensing and bylaw enforcement related to building/zoning matters and his salary is split between the two service functions.

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.pdf icon April 27, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

This was a correction to the March 23, 2015 Minutes Item 6.2 Electoral Area Directors Letter Withdrawl Of Services Electoral Area Fire Prevention, so there was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about this correction regarding changing the word Protection to Prevention.

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.pdf icon April 27, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

THAT the Regular Board meeting minutes of March 23, 2015 be adopted as amended;

Pg. 2 - 6.2, second paragraph change 'fire protection services' to 'fire prevention services'

Pg, 9 - 9.1, first paragraph change '$233,907 for Central Okanagan West' to $233,907 for Central Okanagan East'.
AND THAT the Special Board meeting minutes of March 27,2015 be adopted;
AND FURTHER THAT the Public Hearing minutes be received.

CARRIED Unanimously

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NO NEED FOR A SECOND FIRE FUNCTION FOR THE TWO ELECTORAL AREAS, THAT IS COSTING CENTRAL OKANAGAN WEST more than $54,024 per year !!!

As Director Carson mentioned in the audio of March 23, 2015 Board meeting:
North Westside Road has a paid full-time Fire Chief who is capable of inspecting commercial buildings, etc. so there is NO NEED FOR A SECOND FIRE FUNCTION FOR THE ELECTORAL AREAS. There is no need to be paying for a second Fire function that is costing North Westsiders more than $54,024 per year, when our full-time paid Fire Chief is capable of doing the job in our area.

Trepanier doesn't even have any fire protection.  We are pretty sure they aren't too thrilled about paying for this function either.

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.pdf icon Item 4.1G Community Services Fire Protection Pg 47 65

We feel RDCO CAO is a bully in how he talked to the rural Directors about the letter of withdrawl of the fire function.  We don't see anything wrong with the letter of withdrawl.  We think the CAO is just trying to make the rural Directors look bad about the letter.

We think it is time to incorporate, because RDCO is working against us instead of for us, and our rural Directors are being bullied by the CAO and the rest of RDCO Board members.  The other Board members seem to work together, against the rural Directors.

RDCO Fire Prevention Establishment Bylaw 1065

1. The fire prevention services established by this bylaw shall be limited to the following activities:

a) Education of the residents about fire hazards.
b) Adoption and enforcement of regulations dealing with fire prevention,
c) A system of fire prevention inspections of public buildings,
d) Adoption and enforcement of fire department access standards.
e) Supplemental Regulations for fire hydrants.
f) Regional District Fire Department Administration.

Don't see anything on this list that the current North Westside Road Fire Chief can't do!

019 - Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program - Budget 2015
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.pdf icon March 27, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There are no Highlights published on RDCO's website for Budget meetings for some unknown reason.

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.pdf icon March 27, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 4.1 Financial Plan Presentation
.pdf icon Item 4.1 2015 Budget And Five Year Plan Report Revisedmar27
.pdf icon Item 4.1A Budget Piechart And Information Revisedmar27
.pdf icon Item 4.1B Tax Requisitions And Rates Revisedmar27
.pdf icon Item 4.1C Financial Plan Departmental Table Of Contents
.pdf icon Item 4.1D Community Services Engineering Pg 1 34
.pdf icon Item 4.1E Community Services Waste Management Pg 35 42
.pdf icon Item 4.1F Community Services Planning Pg 43 46 Revised Mar27
.pdf icon Item 4.1G Community Services Fire Protection Pg 47 65
.pdf icon Item 4.1H Community Services Police Services Pg 66 73
.pdf icon Item 4.1I Community Services Inspections Pg 74 77
.pdf icon Item 4.1J Parks Services Pg 78 90
.pdf icon Item 4.1K Finance And Administration Pg 91 127
.pdf icon Item 4.1L Corporate Services Pg 128 147
.pdf icon Item 4.1M Corporate Services Bylaw Enforcement Pg 148 159
.pdf icon Item 4.1N Economic Development Commission Pg 160 161
.pdf icon Item 4.1O Regional Board Pg 162 171
.pdf icon Item 4.3 2015 2019 Financial Plan Bylaw No 1356 Revisedmar27
.pdf icon Item 4.4 Temporary Borrowing Bylaw No 1357
.pdf icon Item 5.1 MFLNRO Referral 3411445 Westbank First Nation

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019 - Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program - Budget 2015
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.pdf icon March 27, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Minutes (Budget)

4. FINANCE DEPARTMENT

4.1 Review of the 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan

Staff report dated March 18, 2015 and March 25, 2015 provided an overview of the impacts to the 2015-2019 Financial Plan following two previous budget meetings held February 25th and March 12th

It was noted that the final requisition amounts will differ in accordance with the 2015 Revised Roll from BC Assessment Authority which is not yet available.

Staff reviewed that the overall budget has decreased since 2014: operating, debt and transfers. Sources of revenue were noted: tax requisitions, other revenues (which include utilities, licenses, permits, rentals); grants and municipal debt repayment.

Amendments to the final budget following the March 12th meeting include:

470 - Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant - added, confirmed Okanagan Basin Water Board grant of $25,310. Added $356,100 to operating and overhead for additional biosolids hauling and management costs. Partner costs increase as follows: West Kelowna: $241,808, Peachland: $25,471, and WFN: $63,512.

021 - Ellison Fire Department - increase service review amount from $12.5K to $18.75k (total study cost which will be shared with the four electoral area fire departments has been increased to $75k). The cost per average household goes from a decrease of $2.06 in the March 12th draft to an increase of $5.30.

022 - Joe Rich Fire Department - increase service review amount from $12.5K to $18.75k. The cost per average household goes from an increase of $37.64 in the March 12th draft to an increase of $53.40.

023 - North Westside Fire Rescue - increase service review amount from $12.5k to $18.75k. The cost per average household goes from an increase of $10.55 in the March 12th draft to an increase of $16.86.

024 - Wilsons Landing Fire Department - increase service review amount from $12.5k to $18.75k. The cost per average household goes from an increase of $44.34 in the March 12 draft to an increase of $57.69.

117 - Sterile Insect Release - amended as per final parcel tax information received from SIR. Total parcel taxes are $513,356.

In addition, amendments have been made to electoral area planning, as the Regional District has received formal notice that all municipalities have agreed to fully opt-in to fringe area planning.

Changes to General Taxes Per Area as follows:


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4.2 Public Comment on 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan

Chair Given asked if there was anyone in the gallery who wished to comment on the Financial Plan.

• David Perron, 4035 Gellatly Road, West Kelowna. - expressed concern that only $60,000 has been budgeted for the development of a Master Plan for the Wastewater Treatment Plant and that there should be a well-conceived plan not just an update. Believes there should be a 20-Year Master Plan. Concerned regarding the $300,000 cost overrun due for the transportation of biosolids. Requests $60,000 be moved forward to 2015 and another $60,000 added to the 2016 budget.
• Gary Leduc - what is the fire service review for, who is doing it and what are the expected outcome? $18.75k seems like a lot of money for Ellison residents for a review. Concern that fire service will be removed from the Ellison area.
• Ben Wasyliuk, 6900 Goudie Road, member of the Joe Rich Fire Department - In 2008 a fire underwriter survey review was done. Prior policy was to do a review every 10 years. RDCO policy is to do a service review every 5 years. Underwriter reviews are covered by insurers, not the public. There are still some outstanding issues from the 2008 review that have not been completed (cisterns, generator back-ups at the fire hall). Information needs to be based on where we are today and what needs to be done going forward. Ask to consider using Fire Underwriters Survey instead of spending $75,000.
• Mr. Pauls, 8370 Sun Valley Road - fire service review can it be done for less money. Concern about the amount of taxes in Joe Rich.

Staff Response to Public Input:
With respect to Ellison and Joe Rich Fire Departments it has been identified that an independent review is required. It is best to have a third party complete the review. Staff need to ensure a safe service is being delivered and that the service is running within the policy and guidelines of the RDCO. Costs have been budgeted at the same level as previous reviews of a similar nature. The Board has adopted a policy of 5-year reviews.

WWTP Master Plan - Staff noted with respect to moving $60,000 from 2016 to 2015, the Board can do this if it should desire. It was noted that a decision was made to move the Master Plan forward in 2014, but due to other cost issues (ie: biosolids & odour issues) it was deferred to 2015/2016. The stakeholder committee has reviewed the scope for the review which will be quite expansive and it has been identified in the 2016 budget. Work will span over two years.
The question was raised whether $120,000 will be adequate for a 20 year plan? Staff believes it will be. Work will cross over two fiscal years. Terms of Reference is being reviewed, but will take some time to finalize and agree to.

Director Hanson noted she originally did not participate in grant in aid allocations but chose to increase the fire department training instead.
Believes $75,000 is too high for a fire service review.
Director Carson had previously requested that the fire service review be deferred for a year. The Board supported the review to be completed this year.
The review is not about the loss of fire services to anyone area. Other service reviews are being done as well in 2015 but they are for much smaller services. External reviews produce higher outcomes including best practices from other areas, how the service operates, costs, and issues.

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4.3 Regional District of Central Okanagan 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1356, 2015, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

BASRAN/FINDLATER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2015 - 2019 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1356, 2015 be given first, second and third readings and adopted.

CARRIED (Hanson, Carson opposed)

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4.4 Regional District of Central Okanagan Temporary Borrowing Bylaw No. 1357, 2014 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors Weighted Vote)

OPHUS/FORTIN
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Temporary Borrowing Bylaw No. 1357, 2015 be given first, second and third readings and adopted.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Proposed Community Works Fund Projects

The Regional Board has approved a proposal to use more than $460,000 of Federal Gas Tax Community Works Funds to complete a variety of infrastructure projects in the Electoral Areas reducing the need to fund through taxation. A total of $226,950 will be spent on upgrades to Central Okanagan East parks, community halls and two fire departments while $233,907 will be used in Central Okanagan West for proposed projects on three water systems, two fire departments and several parks in the electoral area.

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SUBJECT: Proposed 2015 Gas Tax - Community Works Fund Projects

Purpose:
To seek authorization from the Board to utilize the Gas Tax - Community Works Funds.

Executive Summary:
Federal Gas Tax Funds are provided to local governments across Canada to assist in funding local infrastructure needs. Project eligibility categories have been expanded in 2014. Projects described in the attached proposal are eligible for funding through the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund providing important infrastructure improvements for electoral area residents.
The funding requests for the Gas Tax - Community Works Fund for the proposed projects in both the East and West Electoral Areas are as follows:
• $226,950 for Central Okanagan West
• $233,907 for Central Okanagan East
The current uncommitted and estimated 2015 Funding for Gas Tax - Community Works Funds available for new projects for the East and West Electoral Areas are as follows:
• $1,050,213 for Central Okanagan West
• $336,685 for Central Okanagan East

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board authorize the use of $460,857 of Gas Tax - Community Works Funds to complete the proposed projects listed in the attached project plan and as reflected in the 5 Year, 2015-2019 Financial Plan.

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CENTRAL OKANAGAN WEST ELECTORAL AREA GAS TAX - COMMUNITY WORKS FUND PROPOSED PROJECTS

1) North Westside Fire Department (Community Services) Page 4
• Construct a washroom in the existing Fire Hall 102 to include sink, shower and water closet to meet WorkSafe and Interior Health requirement.
o Estimated cost - $30,000
• Facility Assessment of both Fire Halls. This would ensure infrastructure asset management.
o Estimated cost - $3,500
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost North Westside Fire $33,500

2) Wilson's Landing Fire Department (Community Services)
• LED Lighting upgrades to embrace energy efficiency.
o Estimated cost - $5,000
• Replace current hot water tank with an on demand system. This will be energy efficient cost effect.
o Estimated cost - $4,000
• Facility Assessment of the Fire Hall. This would ensure infrastructure asset management.
o Estimated cost - $1,500
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Wilson's Landing Fire $10,500

3) Killiney Beach Water System (Community Services)
• Design and engineering for system improvements including pipe improvements, reservoir expansion, and new pressure reducing valve station.
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Killiney Beach Water $50,000

4) Trepanier Water System (Community Services)
• New water filtration equipment. This equipment is important at maintaining good drinking water quality.
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Trepanier Water $2,500

5) Westshore Water System (Community Services)
• Design and Engineering of new upper reservoir. The existing upper reservoir has reached its life expectancy and presents a risk to water quality and service reliability:
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Westshore Water $50,000

6) West Electoral Area - Lifecycle Planning (Community Services)
• Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas share in the purchase of software for tracking and assessing facilities and infrastructure lifecycle planning.
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Lifecycle Planning $1,850

7) Fintry Community Parks (Parks Services)
• Park infrastructure upgrades and installations (tables, benches, swimming floats, etc.).
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Fintry Parks $30,000

8) Westshore Estates Community Park (Parks Services)
• Park electrical service installation.
o Estimated cost - $20,000
• Park infrastructure upgrades and installations (water fountain, picnic tables, etc.).
o Estimated cost - $12,000
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Westshore Park $32,000

9) Killiney Beach Park (Parks Services)
• Park infrastructure upgrades and installations (picnic tables, benches, swimming floats, etc.).
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Killiney Park $15,000

10) Westside Community Park (Parks Services)
• Facility assessment of parks infrastructure.
• Total Estimated 2015 Project Cost Westside Parks $1,600

Total Westside Electoral Area Proposed Gas Tax Project Cost $226,950

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9. PARKS SERVICES

9.1 Proposed 2015 Gas Tax Community Works Fund Projects (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated March 11, 2015 outlined the proposal to Gas Tax-Community Works Fund for proposed projects in the electoral areas: $226,950 for Central Okanagan West and $233,907 for Central Okanagan East.

The question was raised what renovation is planned for the Ellison Heritage Community Hall? Staff is working with the Ellison Parks & Recreation Society to look at upgrades to the lower level. What is the process to develop the list of priorities--are these the most urgently needed projects? Staff went through the priority list and discussed with the electoral area directors. Water systems have been discussed and will continue to be in the future. What is a facility assessment? It includes an asset inventory of all infrastructure the RDCO owns, a portion of the work is apportioned to the electoral areas for the assets in their areas. Finance noted this is a condition assessment inventory.

HANSON/FORTIN
THAT the Regional Board authorize the use of $460,857 of Gas Tax - Community Works Funds to complete the proposed projects listed in the project plan, dated March 11,2015 and as reflected in the 5-Year, 2015-2019 Financial Plan.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon Item 6.2 Electoral Area Directors Letter Withdrawl Of Services Electoral Area Fire Prevention

ATTENTION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dear Chair Given and Board of Directors

REFERENCE: ELECTORAL AREAS CENTRAL OKANAGAN WEST AND CENTRAL OKANAGAN EAST PARTICIPATION IN REGIONAL DlSTRICT SERVICE

HONORABLE CORALEE OAKES MINISTER OF COMMUNITY, SPORT AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
After many discussions with staff, the C.A.O and between the two Regional Directors representing these areas; We are requesting support of the Board to withdrawal of service from the following function:

019 - Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program

This decision was made based on an informal review with staff, management, and the electorate by the two Electoral Area Directors. This resolution emerged from the recognition that the Electoral Areas have seen little if any growth in their demographics and assessments over the past seven years yet this service has increased in both cost and scope to the point where we have reached a point of diminishing returns. The need to focus funding on the fire departments themselves rather that a secondary layer of management far removed from the direct provision of fire service to these small and rural communities is critical.

The Electoral Area fire protection area consists of four fire departments, six fire halls, 100+ firefighters and officers and approximately 20 apparatus. This level of manpower, equipment and facilities is required by the Insurance Industry to provide 6 recognized level of fire suppression service and the home insurance discounts that make home insurance affordable and in some cases possible. The total requisition without the EA Fire Prevention function for the four departments is 1,367,176. The population paying for this service is approximately 5500 once areas not covered and under WFN authority are removed from the equation. For example this is close to par and in some cases exceeds the Lake Country fire service that has almost three times the population to pay for it.

EA Fire Prevention started out as a part time advisory person to the regional fire departments to assist with training and record management and has morphed into a full time management position dictating policy and direction to the regional fire service. This in our opinion as the elected representatives for these areas and services represented here exceeds the level and scope of the original intent and cost of this service and we do not agree or support this direction. The fire service needs to concentrate the resources they receive on achieving the new standard "Playbook" training for our fire departments so they can maintain the level of service our residents have come to expect at a cost they can afford.

In conclusion only the two electoral areas are affected by this service and this service does not impact the other member municipalities of the Regional District as they provide no funding to this function nor do they receive any benefit. It is our desire as the elected representatives for these areas and sole financial supporters of the Electoral Area Fire Prevention function to formally withdraw all financial support to this function immediately.

Respectfully Yours
Wayne Carson
COW Director CORD

Patty Hanson
COE Director CORD

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6.2 Letter from Electoral Area Directors Carson & Hanson re: Withdrawal of Services - Electoral Area Fire Prevention (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

The Administrator addressed the Board and requested clarification from the electoral area directors with regard to their letter and what their intent is: what kind of withdrawal do you want, and are you asking for an immediate withdrawal of all financial support to the service? There is a formal process that must be followed, and that the letter before the Board is only asking the Board to support withdrawal from all financial support for the service. It was noted that there is an impact on all services when service levels change as administrative costs would need to be reallocated to all other services.

The area directors confirmed: the intent is to fully withdraw from the service and all financial requirements. Director Hanson noted she believed when the service was created it was for the purchase three trucks. The costs continue to escalate and there is no need to continue with the service. This would be withdrawal from fire prevention services.

The Administrator highlighted what the service is responsible for: Bylaw 1065 Fire Prevention Bylaw outlines fire protection services to the electoral area residents including: education for fire hazard, adoption and enforcement for fire prevention regulations, system of fire prevention inspection of pUblic buildings, adoption and enforcement of fire department access standards, supplemental regulations for fire hydrants, fire department administration includes .62 of an FTE, issuing burning permits. If repealed, any fire prevention work would no longer be done.

The question that needs to be answered - is fire protection services no longer required in the electoral areas? And, if not, what are the ramifications to its residents including loss of grants, safety of its citizens, how and who will provide the service?

It was further noted that withdrawal of any financial commitments cannot be done in 2015. The financial plan is in process and is to be approved March 27th

The Administrator noted staff are prepared to work with the directors to clarify what the service is responsible for, and develop a plan for 2016.

OPHUS/STACK
THAT the Regional Board receive the March 11,2015 letter from Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Director Wayne Carson & Central Okanagan East Electoral Area Director Patty Hanson regarding their request for Board support to withdraw from the service of Electoral Area Fire Prevention;
AND THAT the request of the electoral area directors to withdraw from service 019 Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program be denied;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to draft a report on the options for Board consideration.

CARRIED Unanimously

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There seems to be some confusion with the 911 service and calling North Westside Fire Rescue

March 15, 2015

We called 911 and were put through to Vernon twice, even after we called back a second time and asked specifically for Kelowna.  We think it was because our cell phone number is a Vernon number.  We complained to the RDCO Fire manager Dan Wildeman about. it, so hopefully this is rectified.  Apparently when you call 911, you are suppose to be put through to the Kelowna Fire Dept for dispatch from there.  The way the Vernon Fire Dept sounded on the phone, we wouldn't doubt this has been going on for some time.

The other problem is that when we call North Westside Fire Rescue there has been no answer several times.  The Fire Chief told us that he turns his cell phone off in meetings and does not answer when he is sleeping.  We suggested to RDCO Fire Manager Dan Wildeman that the North Westside Fire Rescue have their calls forwarded to any number when the Fire Chief is busy or sleeping, so that there is always an answer.  Dan Wildeman said that was a good idea, so hopefully they implement it.

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.pdf icon March 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program Biodiversity Conservation Strategy Update
.pdf icon Item 5.2 Woodhaven Eco Cultural Centre Annual Report
.pdf icon Item 6.1 Okanagan Regional Library Population Numbers For Electoral Area Levy
.pdf icon Item 6.2 Technical Rescue Service Proposal District Of West Kelowna
.pdf icon Item 6.3 Draft 2015 Budget And 2015 2019 Financial Plan
.pdf icon Item 6.3A Budget Piechart And Budgets Summary
.pdf icon Item 6.3B Tax Requisitions And Rates
.pdf icon Item 6.3C Community Services Engineering
.pdf icon Item 6.3D Community Services Waste Management
.pdf icon Item 6.3E Community Services Planning
.pdf icon Item 6.3F Community Services Fire Protection
.pdf icon Item 6.3G Community Services Policing Services
.pdf icon Item 6.3H Community Services Inspections
.pdf icon Item 6.3I Parks Services
.pdf icon Item 6.3J Finance And Administration
.pdf icon Item 6.3K Corporate Services Administration
.pdf icon Item 6.3L Corporate Services Bylaw Enforcement
.pdf icon Item 6.3M Economic Development Commission
.pdf icon Item 6.3N Regional Board

.pdf icon Item 6.4 Quarterly Program Measures Report (no longer missing from RDCO's website)

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Item 6.4 Quarterly Program Measures Report

Fire & Protection Services
Effective January 1, 2014, firefighter wages were paid on a quarterly basis.

019 - Electoral Area Fire Prevention (Page 67): Surplus of $7,401 due to lower than anticipated vehicle operations and training & education costs. Incident/Accountability Command boards were redeveloped to ensure consistency across all departments. Record management program continues to improve for training and incident records. A RDCO hosted webpage was established achieving consistent formatting whiie providing specific information about each Paid-on-Call department. Regional Rescue Service Review is complete. Regional Emergency Services Oversight Committee (RESOC) determined that all services provided are Core. Dispatch delivery model is still under review. Of the 395 burn permits issued in 2014, 18 burn permits were issued for properties outside of a fire protection area, but still under RDCO jurisdiction. Fire protection is provided by the Kelowna Fire Dept. for these areas per the Fire Services Agreement signed February 2011.

021 -- Ellison Volunteer Fire Department (Page 71 ): Surplus of $72,876 was primarily due to lower than anticipated wages, training & education, and equipment repairs. Total callouts decreased by 11% with 110 callouts in 2014 compared to 123 in 2013. Calls outside of the Fire Protection area increased by 25% in 2014 compared to 2013. Medical First Response calls made up 46% of total callouts (51 out of 110). There were 141 Burn Permits issued in 2014 compared to 132 in 2013.
Conversion of fuel supply to the Fire Hall and upgrade of all appliances from Propane to Natural Gas was completed using Community Works Gas Tax Funds. 2014 Capital Expenditures were for the Fire Hall improvement, equipment, and turn out gear.

022 - Joe Rich Volunteer Fire Department and Community Centre (Page 75): Surplus of $17,918 primarily due to the Sun Valley Road fire cost recovery. Total callouts increased by 29% with 75 callouts in 2014 compared to 58 in 2013. The majority of callouts 37% were for Motor vehicle accidents (28 out of 75). Five percent of the callouts (4 out of 75) were outside of the service area. Joe Rich Fire Department entered into a Mutual Aid Agreement with Big White Fire Department. Wildfire Cost Recovery for the Sun Valley Road Wildfire, which occurred in September, was determined to be human caused by a resident and in contravention of Fire Prevention Bylaw No.1 066. A cost recovery of over $27,000 was successfully initiated and received by RDCO for the Joe Rich Fire Protection Area tax payers for the Sun Valley Rd fire. There were 158 Burn Permits issued in 2014 compared to 175 in 2013. 2014 Capital Expenditures were for the Jordair breathing apparatus compressor, turn out gear, equipment, cistern, and Station 51 renovations.

023 - North Westside Volunteer Fire I Rescue Department (Page 79): Surplus of $3,649 due to lower than anticipated costs for equipment, building repairs & mtce and various expenses. Total callouts decreased by 19% with 67 callouts in 2014 compared to 81 in 2013. The majority of the callouts were for Medical First Response (35 out of 67). Calls outside of Fire Protection area increased from 3 in 2013 to 5 in 2014. North Westside Fire Rescue was successful in its Fire Underwriters Challenge after extensive training and commitment by the fire department members. North Westside Fire Department is now recognized as having fire hydrant protection 300 meters from the shoreline for the entire fire protection area, resulting in an improved fire protection rating and potential savings when purchasing fire insurance. There were 56 Burn Permits issued in 2014 compared to 72 in 2013. 2014 Capital Expenditures were for turn out gear, equipment, fuel tank & compound, station 101 renovations, computer equipment, training facilities, and completion of the boathouse, designated Station 103.

024 - Wilson's Landing Volunteer Fire Department (Page 83): A small deficit of $317 resulted from increased payroll and vehicle operations and under expenditures for responses, safety supplies and various expenses. Total callouts decreased by 11% with 25 callouts in 2014 compared to 28 in 2013.
Four percent of all callouts were outside of the Fire Protection area (1 out of 25). Of the 25 callouts, 11 were for alarms and 5 were for motor vehicle accidents. 2014 Gas Tax Funding provided funds for a new 20 kiiowatt generator and breathing apparatus compressor. Wilson's Landing and Communities Society donated $1,100 for the purchase of an LED Television to enhance the department's training capabilities. There were 22 Burn Permits issued in 2014 compared to 20 in 2013. 2014 Capital Expenditures were for a Jordair Mini-Kat air compressor, generator, turn out gear, equipment, a hub fire bush truck, and a Dodge diesel fire truck to replace the 1975 Dodge power wagon designed to respond to interface and Wildfires where access is an issue.

030 - Regional Rescue Service (Page 90): Surplus of $53,849 is attributable to under expenditures in training & education and equipment in addition to higher than anticipated Provincial Emergency Program claims. Callouts increased to 14,845 in 2014 from 14,617 in 2013. All Dispatch Standards were met in 2014.

Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) was activated six times in 2014 to support District of West Kelowna with erosion of Smith Creek slopes April 30, the Smith Creek Fire #1 on July 14, Boucherie Fire on July 15, Smith Creek Fire #2 on July 18, Drought Hill Fire on August 7, Remembrance Day security on November 11. The Emergency Program assisted in obtaining $440,250 from Emergency Management BC for the District of West Kelowna to conduct emergency repairs in the Smith Creek area, the largest emergency funding request approved on record in the Central Region.

During 2014 the Regional Emergency Program activated the Emergency Support Services thirty four times for flooding and fires, providing support for 3,048 residents and a variety of pets that were displaced. One major ESS activation with assistance from the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART) was required in the third quarter for the Smith Creek fire. In the spring, the Public Information Office unveiled two social media tools to assist with direct communication to and from residents during emergencies: A Twitter page: https://twitter.com/CO_Emerg. and a Facebook page: https:i/www.facebook.com/CORD Emergency During the Smith Creek #2 fire, coordinated media information included 26 news releases and 143,110 tweets.

2014 marked the 60th anniversary since the formation of the group Kelowna Search and Rescue in 1954.2014 COSAR operating grant totaled $22,427.

2014 Capital Expenditures were for Kanter Rescue Boats and trailers for Peachland and Lake Country, communications equipment, rescue equipment, and a boat lift. Revenue of $12,614 was generated from the sale of the two Zodiac Rescue Boats. A one-time capital cost contribution of $25,000 will be paid to the District of Peachland for the permanent moorage of the Regional Rescue Boat.

In 2014, Regional Rescue was recorded under four specific areas for expense tracking: Radio & Dispatch, Core Rescue, Non Core Rescue and Emergency Operations. Dispatch delivery model is still under review. Effective 2015, three areas are identified as Non-Core and Core expenses are consolidated under "Rescue" for budget and reporting.

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Item 6.4 Quarterly Program Measures Report

For Fire Services, excellent media coverage was received for the launching of two new Regional Rescue marine vessels stationed in Peachland and Lake Country and the North Westside Fire Rescue Mobile Marine Water Supply received Fire Underwriters accreditation as a portable water supply, the first of its kind in Canada.

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Item 6.2 Technical Rescue Service Proposal District Of West Kelowna

SUBJECT: Technical Rescue Service Proposal- District of West Kelowna

Purpose: To present a Technical Rescue Service Proposal from the District of West Kelowna.

Executive Summary:
On April 28th, 2014 the Board approved the following resolution:

"THAT the Regional Board authorize Brian Reardon, CAO, to enter negotiations with the District of West Kelowna for the provision of Non-Core Regional Rescue Services on the west side of the W. R. Bennett Bridge."

Since that time the District of West Kelowna has trained and equipped its fire department to respond to and provide technical rescue services within its boundaries. Negotiations for the provision of Non-Core Regional Rescue Services in Peachland, on Westbank First Nation Lands and in Central Okanagan West has been ongoing and has recently been completed as evidenced in the letter from the District of West Kelowna's CAO dated February 25th, 2015.

There are numerous benefits to having a fully trained and operational regional rescue team on the west side of Okanagan Lake including faster response times, greater capacity to respond to major events, and avoiding potential traffic delays on the J.R. Bennett Bridge crossing. I am pleased to report that this program is supported at the administrative level by the District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Committee recommend the Board approve funding a second regional rescue team on the west side of Okanagan Lake starting in 2015;
AND THAT the Committee recommend the Board authorize its signing officers to enter into a five (5) year agreement with the District of West Kelowna for the provision of regional rescue services at a 2015 cost of $46,854.32 with annual increases of 2.5% up to and including 2019.

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Item 6.3 Draft 2015 Budget And 2015 2019 Financial Plan

Fire Protection Services:

019 - Electoral Area Fire Prevention (Pgs. 47-48): Fire Services Study for $50k has been removed. $2k for Special Projects added. Reduced use of Operating reserve from $9.8k to zero. Upon further review of the Fire Services study it was determined that the intent of the review was to focus on the four Electoral Area Fire Departments.
Since many properties within this function do not receive fire protection from these Departments, the cost of the study would need to be allocated out directly to the Fire Departments themselves. In the first budget draft, with the costs included, there would have been an increase of $11.98 per average home throughout the electoral areas.
Now there will be a decrease of $0.32 per average home.
This reduction will now be offset by the following increases for homes only in the fire protection areas. The tax rates vary due to the assessment values of each of the local service areas:

021 - Ellison Fire Department (Pgs. 51-52): Costs for Fire Department Service Review of $12.5k have been added. Electoral Area Director also requested increase to Training of $5k. Due to assessment growth, there is still a decrease to the average home of $2.06.

022 - Joe Rich Fire Department (Pgs. 53-54): Costs for Fire Department Service Review of $12.5k have been added. Electoral Area Director also requested increase of $2k for training and $500 for firefighter recognition.
Increase to average home $37.65. Note: Because of upcoming truck purchases in 2020 and 2024, reserve transfers should not be reduced.

023 - North Westside Road Fire Rescue (Pgs. 55-56): Costs for Fire Department Service Review of $12.5k have been added. Overall increase to average home is now $10.55. Note: Because of upcoming truck purchase in 2016 and 2018, reserve transfers should not be reduced, or financing will be required.

024 - Wilson's Landing Fire Department (Pgs. 57-58): Costs for Fire Department Service Review of $12.5k have been added. The majority of the tax requisition increase is attributable to the swing from a surplus carried forward to a deficit ($19.7k). Transfers to reserves were reduced from 2014 level accordingly, and should not be reduced any further due to scheduled purchases in 2032. The first budget draft showed an increase to the average home of $17.63, and that has now increased to $44.34 per average home.

030 - Regional Rescue (Pgs. 63-64): Adding $47k for Technical Rescue Services within DWK boundaries (a second regional rescue team on the west side). Increases tax requisition further. Cost increase to average home now $1.75 (from $1.09).

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.pdf icon March 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

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6.4 Quarterly Measures Report - Year-Ended December 31, 2014

Staff report dated March 6, 2015 reported on the summary of 2014 activities for each individual service as set out in the 2014-2018 Financial Plan. The highlights for the year are not inclusive-there are too many items to be covered for each
service. Multi-year comparative statistics by service/program are available in the full report.

OPHUS/HANSON
THAT the Year End December 31,2014 Quarterly Program Measures report be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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6.2 Delegation: District of West Kelowna re: Regional Rescue - Technical Rescue Services within DWK Boundaries

Staff report dated March 6, 2015 provided an update on the technical rescue service proposal from the District of West Kelowna. The Regional Board at its April 28, 2014 meeting approved a resolution authorizing the Administrator to enter
negotiations with West Kelowna for the provision of non-core regional rescue services on the west side of W.R. Bennett Bridge. Since that time, West Kelowna has trained and equipped its fire department to respond to and provide technical
rescue services within its boundaries. Negotiations for the provision of rescue services in Peachland, Westbank First Nation and Central Okanagan West Electoral Area have been ongoing.

The Board had previously discussed that there are numerous benefits to having a fully trained and operational rescue team on the west side of Okanagan Lake. It was noted that there is support for this at the administrative level by all parties.

West Kelowna staff provided a review of the service including:
• Current delivery model was outlined. DWK delivers low embankment, ice rescue and auto extrication within its boundaries.
• DWK asking for training resource funding for keep their staff trained.
• Benefits of a technical team being trained and ready to respond on the west side of Okanagan Lake bridge was highlighted.
• As part of the implementation of a new technical rescue program equipment has been purchased.
• RDCO staff has observed the training program and resources and are confident they have the capability and expertise to deliver the service on the west side of Okanagan Lake.

Discussion:
- There will be a higher level of service on the west side, and a rapid response.
- The regional rescue budget is consistent with how the service is currently funded.
- Concern was expressed that the regional rescue budget continues to increase, not decrease as originally thought when the service review was undertaken. Why is there no a decrease in the budget for the team? Have efficiencies been
achieved in budget? Why is it costing more when you don't get more services, only quicker service? There is a cost to training. The west side team is part of the overall regional rescue service.
- The Regional rescue service review for fire dispatch is not yet completed so there may be savings realized once this is finalized.

FINDLATER/BASRAN
THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommend the Regional Board approve funding a second regional rescue team on the west side of Okanagan Lake starting in 2015;
AND FURTHER THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommend the Regional Board authorize its signing officers to enter into a five (5) year agreement with the District of West Kelowna for the provision of regional rescue services at a 2015 cost of $46,854.32 with annual increases of 2.5% up to and including 2019.

CARRIED (opposed Baker)

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.pdf icon March 12, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Second Regional Rescue Program Team

The Regional Board has approved funding a second regional rescue team. The District of West Kelowna Fire Rescue already provides Auto Extrication, Ice Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Low Embankment Rescue, Technical High-Angle Rope Rescue and Confined Space Rescue in its own municipality and will provide the services as required in Peachland, the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area and Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10. It’s anticipated this second fully trained team will result in faster response times on the west side of Okanagan Lake and offer greater capacity to respond when needed to major regional emergency events. The Regional District agreement with West Kelowna will be for a five year term.

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about COE withdrawing from Electoral Area Fire Protection Service

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.pdf icon COE withdrawing from Electoral Area Fire Protection Service was a Director Item so there is nothing in the agenda about that either

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You could speak at the March 27th Regional Board Meeting at 9:00am just before they pass the budget.

6. NEW BUSINESS

6.1 Rise and Report from the March 12, 2015 Governance & Services Committee Meeting

The following issues were raised and discussed at today's Governance & Services Committee meeting and brought forward for Board approval.

a) Regional Rescue - Technical Rescue Services within District of West Kelowna Boundaries

FINDLATER/FORTIN
THAT the Regional Board approve funding a second regional rescue team on the west side of Okanagan Lake starting in 2015;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board authorize its signing officers to enter into a five (5) year agreement with the District of West Kelowna for the provision of regional rescue services at a 2015 cost of $46,854.32 with annual increases of 2.5% up to and including 2019.

CARRIED (Baker opposed)

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c) Air Quality - Burning Issue

The question was raised regarding the Air Quality budget and the chipping program. Concern was raised regarding the wait-list for the agricultural chipping program. The Administrator confirmed that the air quality program service review remains underway and is to be completed in 2016.

With regards to the chipping program, he confirmed it has always been over-subscribed. There was support for a 4% increase to the air quality program, but not to the $80,000 annual chipping program. Staff is looking at options to determine if there is an ability to have some cost-sharing of this program. This is an item on the workplan for this year. It was further noted that the eleven properties that are on a wait-list for chipping would not improve the smoke in the valley. In addition, there is restriction on the program who qualifies for the program - it is limited to orchardists taking out old trees and replanting. The program is not available to the average hobby farmer/small acreages. Further review of who qualifies will be reviewed as well. Farmers have the right to burn under 'Right to Farm' legislation. The Province and the farming community stakeholders need to be involved in discussions going forward.

Other best practices will be reviewed. RDOS is funded to the same level, but has a cost sharing agreement. NORD rescinded the service a few years ago. There is a small window of opportunity for burning in the valley as the proper venting index (above 65) in the Central Okanagan and the number of good venting days (as determined by Environment Canada) are limited throughout the burning period.

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7. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Intent to Withdraw from a Service

Director Hanson provided verbal notice that it is the intention of the electoral area directors of Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West to present a request to the Board to withdraw from the Electoral Area Fire Prevention Program.

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Deal reached with firefighters
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore | Story: 133722 - Feb 24, 2015

The District of West Kelowna and its professional firefighters have come to an agreement on a new contract.

West Kelowna council ratified the six-year agreement with Local 4457 of the International Association of Fire Fighters Tuesday.

The agreement was negotiated between the municipality and the firefighters’ union which includes a 2.5 per cent increase annually for 2013 to 2019.

The deal had been reached with the local union representing 28 firefighters and two fire prevention personnel with West Kelowna Fire Rescue.

In a news release issued Tuesday afternoon, the district says the two parties were able to negotiate a longer term contract and salary increases without having to refer negotiations to arbitration.

It further stated both sides made significant concessions and negotiated fairly to reach this contract.

The new contract is retroactive to 2013, when the last contract expired.

The negotiated increases may mean an additional 0.2 per cent tax increase in the 2015 financial plan, which will be reviewed before final adoption slated for April.

This contract brings West Kelowna Fire Rescue roughly into parity with other fire departments in the province.

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.pdf icon February 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1A Central Okanagan Search And Rescue

.pdf icon Item 6.1C 2015 Regional Rescue Program Overview

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Item 6.1A Central Okanagan Search And Rescue

January 30, 2014 to January 30, 2015:
• 47 Tasks
• 2080 searcher-hours
• 10,000 hours of Training, Admin, PR, Fundraising etc.

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Item 6.1C 2015 Regional Rescue Program Overview

Fire Dispatch

Call Volume
◦ 5,357 9-1-1 Calls
◦ 28,497 Incident Files
◦ 25,141 Conversations

Performance
◦ 99% of 9-1-1 calls answered < 15 seconds
◦ 100% of 9-1-1 calls answered < 40 seconds
◦ Average 9-1-1 call is answered < 4.5 seconds
◦ 95% of calls dispatched within 60 seconds
◦ Average call is dispatched within 22 seconds

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6. Community Services

6.1 Regional Rescue - 2015 Budget Presentations

o Central Okanagan Search & Rescue (COSAR) - Paul Toupin provided an overview of COSAR's work within the region.
o RCMP Boat Patrol - Sergeant Duncan Dixon
Sgt. Dixon provided an overview of the RCMP Boat Patrol in the region.
• Discussion ensued regarding addressing the noise level of cigar boats on the lakes. It was clarified that noise bylaws have helped to enforce and have reduced the amount of noise complaints regarding this issue.

Director Ophus and Director Baker left at 10:09 and returned at 10:13

o Jason Brolund, Emergency Operations Centre Coordinator, provided an overview of regional rescue program
• 3 key areas - Regional Rescue, Fire Dispatch, emergency Management
o Best hazmat teams ols the LM;
o Ice rescue - sometimes rescue animals to prevent public from putting themselves at risk;
o All area under Bennett bridge (support system) is a confined space and requires training;
o Wineries have significant confined space component
o Tubing under mission creek;
o ESS
o THAARP Grant; funded by employers who pay into tis service in case they need the service;
o Road rescue-Province now pays at a higher rate and can offset the cost of local fire departments;
o Social media has been a huge success to reduce phone calls from the public inquiring about the status of the fire;
o Disaster funding; just talked to Prov Gov't about funding regarding Smith Creek fire that happened in July;
o Gap-very expensive to provide hotel lodgings for evacuees; move more towards group lodging; Trinity Baptist Church biggest group lodging but people don't want to be subjected to that; Prov is providing training but doubtful they would make it the primary type;
o Fire depts. Are receiving 2 hour callouts; no reimbursement w/in fire protection district

OPHUS/STACK
THAT the Governance and Services Committee receive for information the overview of the regional rescue programs: Central Okanagan Search & Rescue, RCMP Boat Patrol and regional rescue service.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon December 8, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1 First Quarter 2015 Capital Spending

.pdf icon Item 7.2 Third Quarter Purchasing Commitments

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SUBJECT: Board Approval for 1Q 2015 Capital Project Spend
Prepared by: Andy Brennan, Purchasing Manager

Purpose:
To seek the Regional Board's approval for staff to issue RFPs/Tenders and make Capital Expenditure commitments in 1Q 2015 (ahead of the 2015 Budget Approval) for the projects outlined in the report, which are to be included in the 2015-2020 Capital Plan.

Executive Summary:
In January 2014, staff requested the Board approve some expenditure on Capital Projects to occur in in the first quarter of 2014 (before 2014 budget approval in late March). These projects were already in the 5-year Capital Plan approved by the Board. In providing that approval, it was agreed by the Board, that this request would be made each year in the fall, for expenditure in 1Q of the following year, via Board Resolution #19/14:
"THAT staff be directed to review further the draft Q1 purchasing commitments and expenditure policy to include consideration by the Board in the last quarter of the year, for the projects identified for early expenditure during the first quarter of the following year."

In accordance with this, staff are now making a request for Capital Project expenditure in 1Q 2015 for the projects detailed. In this report, such projects are listed under 2 categories for clarity.

RECOMMENDATION #1:
THAT the Regional Board approves, ahead of the 2015 budget approval, the capital projects listed under Category 2 (outlined in the December 1,2014 staff report) for commitment/expenditure in 1Q 2015.

RECOMMENDATION #2:
THAT the Regional Board receives for information, the report on projects listed in the December 1, 2014 staff report, in Category 1 which were budgeted in 2014 and will be continuing into 2015.


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$91,628 for WWTP HVAC Upgrade & North Westside Fire HVAC Upgrade

 


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SUBJECT: Information Report- Purchase Commitments >$100,000 during 3Q 2014

Purpose:
As per section 4.6 of the Purchasing Policy approved on February 9th, 2012, a written information report of all purchase commitments exceeding $100,000 shall be provided to the Board every quarter.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board, as per section 4.6 of the RDCO Purchasing Policy, receive for information the report on the purchase commitments which exceeded $100,000 made during the third quarter, ending September 30, 2014.

BACKGROUND:
Those purchase commitments exceeding $100,000 made during 3Q 2014 were as follows:


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7. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

7.1 First Quarter 2015 Capital Project Spend (All Directors)

Staff report dated December 1, 2014 outlined the Board's policy that staff bring forward a report on expenditure on capital projects to occur in the first quarter of 2015 which are in the 5-year capital plan. Projects were approved in 2014, the
5-year plan with expenditures to be completed in 2015.

BAKER/BASRAN (All Directors - Weighted Vote)
THAT the Regional Board approves, ahead of the 2015 budget approval, the capital projects listed under Category 2 (outlined in the December 1,2014 staff report) for commitment/expenditure in 1Q 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

FORTIN/GRAY(All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
THAT the Regional Board receives for information, the report on projects listed in the December 1,2014 staff report, in Category 1 which were budgeted in 2014 and will be continuing into 2015.

CARRIED Unanimously

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7.2 Purchase Commitments >$100,000 during 3Q 2014 (All Directors- Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated December 3,2014 outlined the purchase commitments exceeding $100,000 in the third quarter for 2014.

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board, as per section 4.6 of the RDCO Purchasing Policy, receive for information the report on the purchase commitments which exceeded $100,000 made during the third quarter ending September 30, 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon November 13, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Gas Tax Community Works Funding Increase

The Regional Board has authorized an increase of just over $7,800 from the Central Okanagan East Gas Tax fund to complete a natural gas conversion and retrofit for the Ellison Fire Hall and Ellison Community Hall. Originally, the Board approved $26,760 for the energy efficiency conversions. The additional costs associated with changing the backup generator to natural gas from propane bring the total project price tag to $34,627. The project will see a reduction in annual operating costs and an estimated payback in just over 6.5 years.

Gas Tax Funding Correction

The Regional Board has authorized staff to proceed with revised project proposal requests for Community Works Fund- Gas Tax Funding totalling $165,000 for the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. A report approved at the last Regional Board meeting incorrectly indicated proposed projects would total $142,000.

There was nothing in the Highlights about Item 6.1 2014 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw

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.pdf icon November 13, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.3 Community Works Gas Tax Funding Energy Efficiencies Proposal

.pdf icon Item 5.3 Correction To Community Works Gas Tax Funding Proposal

.pdf icon Item 6.1 2014 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw

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Purpose:
To make the Board aware of an administrative error from a previous report and seek authorization to utilize funds based on the updated information presented in the October 30th Revised Proposal for Community Works Fund.

Executive Summary:
At the conclusion of the Board meeting of October 27th, staff noticed an administrative error in the report titled "Regional District Proposal- Community Works Funding". The Gas Tax Community Works Fund funding requirements associated with the proposed projects for Central Okanagan West was reported to total $142,000. The total should have read $165,000. All other information presented in the October 27,2014 report and accompanying Proposal for Community Works Fund - Gas Tax Funding was accurate. A revised Proposal for Community Works Fund-Gas Tax Funding is attached with the accurate sub totals and total funding requests for Central Okanagan West project proposals.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board authorizes staff to proceed with project proposal requests identified in the October 30, 2014 revised Proposal for Community Works Fund-Gas Tax Funding report;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forward the appropriate 2014 budget amendment bylaw.

(click links above for more)

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.pdf icon November 13, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Community Works Gas Tax Funding

5.3 Correction to Regional District Proposal - Community Works Gas Tax Funding (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 30, 3024 outlined the error presented to the Board at its October 27,2014 meeting regarding the funds available for the community works funds. The proposed project for Central Okanagan West was reported to total $142,000. It should have been reported at $165,000.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board receive the report dated October 30, 2014 correcting the information presented at the October 27, 2014 Board meeting on the community works funding;
AND THAT the Regional Board authorizes staff to proceed with project proposal requests identified in the October 30, 2014 revised Proposal for Community Works Fund-Gas Tax Funding report;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forward the appropriate 2014 budget amendment bylaw.

CARRIED Unanimously

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5.4 Community Works Gas Tax Funding - Regional District Energy Efficiencies Proposal (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 31, 2014 outlined a proposal for conversion and retrofit of the Ellison Fire Hall and Ellison Community Hall from propane to natural gas. The cost of the project previously approved has increased from $26,760 to $34,627. At this time staff is also recommending converting the backup generator to natural gas.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board authorizes staffto proceed with the required project request as identified in the October 31,2014 proposal for Energy Efficiencies Utilizing Community Works Fund - Gas Tax Funding in 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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6. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

6.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan 2014-2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No 1352, 2014, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

HANSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2014-2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1352, 2014 be given 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and adopted this 13th day of November 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Grants boost public safety
Castanet.net - by Bill Everitt | Story: 128303 - Dec 5, 2014

Five Kelowna organizations that focus on public safety are sharing $172,800 in community gaming grants from the provincial government.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit more than 5,000 local organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.

Vice president of Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, Duane Tresnich knew exactly where his money was going.

"Out of the $99,800 about $90,000 is going towards the KILO 2 replacement vehicle, the oldest vehicle in the fleet," he said.

Kilo 2 is a Ford F350 from 1993 which has "come to the end of its operational life."

"$7,000 is going towards a replacement snowmobile and the remainder is going towards personal protective equipment such as jackets and gloves."

Tresnich said they expected to possibly get a quarter of the amount they actually received.

"We were expecting probably $20,000 to $30,000. They're usually pretty good and that's about average when you apply," he said. "To get the full amount that you apply for, we're just ecstatic."

MLA Steve Thomson said outdoor recreation opportunities are limitless in the Okanagan.

“It’s reassuring to know these organizations are there to help when challenges occur.”

“In a region blessed with so much to do outdoors, it’s reassuring to know help is available if you need it,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “These grants will go a long way towards helping those who help others.”

The Community Gaming Grant Program allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues. This latest round is through the Public Safety intake, which supports public safety initiatives along with disaster relief and emergency preparedness, such as restorative justice projects and search and rescue programs.

Organizations receiving grants:

Central Okanagan Search & Rescue Society - $99,800 for its search and rescue operations.
Canadian Ski Patrol Ogopogo Zone - $25,000 for its First Aid Training Program.
Kelowna & District Safety Council Society - $20,000 for its Little Travellers' Safety Village.
Kelowna Snowmobile Club - $18,000 for trail safety management.
Canadian Ski Patrol System, Pacific Division - $10,000 for its Instructor Training Program.

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911 Calls from the North Westside Area

Yesterday I found myself in the position of calling 911 for a fire response with in the North Westside for a structure fire. In the past as fire chief I made several calls to the 911 center over the years and found our addresses and phone numbers add a layer of confusion to an already confusing situation. Make the call from a cell phone and that confusion elevates a bit more.

The people taking your call do this professionally and are good at what they do but they need your help as well. Speak calmly and slowly, give the type of incident and as good a location as possible. Within the North Westside tell the call taker that you need the North Westside Fire Department and that they are dispatched by the Kelowna Fire Department. Stay on the line if it is safe to do so and give more details as they are requested of you or occur and seem relevant to the emergency crews on the way.

Source: WayneCarson.ca Nov 22, 2014

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UPDATE:  ex Fire Chief Wayne Carson won the Nov 2014 Election

June 11, 2014 we just heard some news that ex Fire Chief Wayne Carson will be running in this next local election in November 2014

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New Bush Truck for Wilson's Landing Fire Department

An almost 35 year old fire truck has been replaced by a newer, more flexible bush vehicle for the Wilson’s Landing Fire Department.

The 2015 Dodge 5500 crew cab is a 4 by 4 diesel truck that’s designed to transport five firefighters who will initially attack wildfires or respond to other incidents in more isolated areas of the fire district.

The body of the bush truck has an additional three inches of clearance and is designed to avoid dragging on the bottom while driving steep grades. The truck’s equipped with a removable Wildfire Striker 3 skid load fire pump which delivers 102 gallons of water per minute at 345 PSI. It carries 300 Imperial gallons of water and Class A fire suppression foam.

Other features include onboard radio chargers, all L-E-D lighting, a slide out compartment for breathing apparatus and a 15,000 pound front mounted winch.

The new bush truck replaces a 1975 Dodge 4 by 4 manual shift power wagon that carries two people. It has a small onboard fire pump and a 200 gallon water reserve. View Photos

Regional District of Central Okanagan Fire and Inspection Services Manager Dan Wildeman says “the new truck provides greater function and flexibility as a quick response initial attack vehicle. It’ll serve the Wilson’s Landing community well for many, many years.”

The new truck was purchased from HUB Fire Engines in Abbotsford for $171,615 and was paid for through the Wilson’s Landing Fire Department equipment reserve.

The Wilson’s Landing Fire Department is one of four paid-on-call fire departments managed by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

(November 4, 2014)

Source: RDCO What's New

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.pdf icon October 27, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 6.3 3rd Quarter Workplan And Budget Variance Report

Marine Rescue Boat Moorage
The Regional Board has approved a request from the District of Peachland to provide a one-time capital cost allocation for permanent moorage of the Regional Rescue Boat that’s based in the municipality. The $25,000 contribution will assist with expansion of the Peachland Yacht Club that will include an easily accessible spot on the water for the new larger rescue vessel.

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.pdf icon Item 6.3 3rd Quarter Workplan And Budget Variance Report

.pdf icon Item 7.2 Marine Rescue Boat Moorage Peachland

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Protective Services Emergency Operations
10/23/2014
The North Westside Road Fire Department was successful In their Fire Underwriter's challenge to qualify the fireboat as a portable hydrant within the North Westside Road Fire Service Area.

Looking forward to the 4th Quarter
• Elections
• Fringe Planning Review
• Parks Review
• Fire Dispatch Project
• Completion of 2014 Initiatives and Projects

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6.3 3rd Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 21, 2014 outlined the 3rd quarter work plan/budget variances to September 30,2014. The Board had previously requested a higher level quarterly measures report. The detailed year-end report with statistics will be presented in the New Year as part of the 2015 budget process.

Staff reviewed the report presented. A year-to-date budget variance chart was provided for each service. Any 'red-flag' areas of concern were highlighted. It was noted that variances in revenue and expenses are due to 2014 expenses
yet to be paid or revenue not yet received.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board receive the 3rd Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Regional Rescue Services

7.2 Marine Rescue Boat Moorage - District of Peachland (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 15, 2014 outlined the request for a one-time capital expenditure to create a permanent moorage for the regional rescue boat in Peachland. The Peachland Yacht Club is planning an expansion of their facility in 2015. This one-time capital expenditure would secure the continuation of the rescue boat moorage at the Club at no charge. Due to the size of the new rescue boat a larger moorage slip is required. Staff will develop an agreement with the yacht club.

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board support in principle the request from the District of Peachland for a one-time $25,000 capital contribution from the Marine Rescue Program to create permanent moorage for the regional rescue boat in Peachland
subject to 2015 budget approval.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Open Burning Season Begins in the Central Okanagan

In light of the current weather conditions, open burning season in the Central Okanagan will begin on October 1st.

Under Regional District and local fire bylaws, permitted open burning may start October 1st and must be complete by April 30th. Fire chiefs may change the dates depending on the fire hazard in their area.

Starting Wednesday, October 1st, those people with properties greater than one hectare will be allowed to burn outdoors, but only after receiving a permit from their local fire authority and only after confirming that burning is allowed on a particular day. Farmers and large lot owners must also follow any regulations before lighting any fire.

Eligible property owners within the Central Okanagan East or the Central Okanagan West electoral areas may obtain a permit by calling the Regional District at 250-469-6223 (Long Distance Collect Calls are accepted) weekdays only between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, excluding holidays. All other eligible property owners must obtain a permit from their municipal fire department.

Before lighting any fire, eligible property owners with a valid permit must call the toll-free Outdoor Burning Hotline: 1-855-262-2876 (BURN). It will tell them if open burning is allowed on a particular day. Both the Venting and Air Quality conditions must be good in order for burning to occur within Central Okanagan fire jurisdictions. This information is also available each day after 7:15 am at regionaldistrict.com/airquality.

Under the Regional District Smoke Control Bylaw, creating nuisance smoke from open burning is not allowed in the City of Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, District of West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas or under the bylaws of the District of Peachland.

Violators could receive a fine or be charged with the cost of putting out the fire. Residents are encouraged to report anyone illegally burning on a non-burning day by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Center at 250-469-8577.

All Central Okanagan property owners regardless of property size are encouraged to take advantage of other options to dispose of their yard waste. The bi-weekly curbside yard waste collection program is underway through the end of November and residents are reminded to only place leaves, grass, pine needles and small prunings inside their wheeled yard waste cart with the green lid closed. Residents may also choose to use the year-round free yard waste program at either the Glenmore landfill (Open seven days a week 7:30 am to 4:45 pm) or at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Centre (Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Friday through Monday). Yard waste and pruning’s weighing up to 250 kilograms (550 pounds) and 20 centimeters or less in diameter may be dropped off for free at either location. When transporting loads for disposal, please make sure they are covered. As long as yard waste is separated from regular garbage, loads exceeding the maximum weight up to 20 centimeters in diameter will be charged $40.00 per tonne while those with a larger diameter will be charged $65 a tonne. As well, a number of private companies offer wood chipping and grinding services or rent portable chippers. Some may also pick up yard waste for disposal.

Most of the burning permits that are issued in the Central Okanagan are for agricultural burning, which is allowed under Provincial Right to Farm legislation. However, before starting any fire farmers must also call 1-855-262-2876 (BURN) or visit regionaldistrict.com/airquality to ensure burning is allowed. The Regional Air Quality Program is working with farmers to encourage the use of the Agricultural Chipping Program as an alternate disposal method. In addition, the program offers a Best Management Practices handbook and DVD to help farmers.

Central Okanagan residents are reminded to check with their local fire jurisdiction regarding regulations and restrictions regarding campfires, chimineas and other outdoor wood fire burning devices.

(September 29, 2014)

Source: RDCO Whats New

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North Westside Marine Water Supply Accredited

A successful Fire Underwriters Survey challenge by a Regional District fire department could help some homeowners with their private insurance rates.

In late August, the North Westside Fire Rescue department put its Marine Mobile Water Supply Vessel through its paces before officials of the Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS). The goal was to gain accreditation for its ‘portable marine fire hydrant’ as a high-flow marine water supply, the first accreditation of its kind in Canada. View Photos

The department recently received word that the marine vessel has been accredited as an Alternative Water Supply for Public Fire Protection. While private insurance carriers are not required to recognize the accreditation or adjust individual premiums, the Fire Underwriters Survey recommends that they do.

As a result, this means that some property owners with detached buildings within an eight kilometer road travel distance of the North Westside fire halls in Killiney Beach and Short’s Creek and within 300 meters of the shoreline, may be eligible to receive reduced fire insurance premium rates. These affected areas serviced by the Marine Mobile Water Supply Vessel qualify as if they were protected by a fire hydrant. Property owners with questions about whether the accreditation will affect their individual homeowner insurance should contact their insurance provider.

The FUS recognition is based on several elements including written operational guidelines for the marine vessel, proper training records for those members of the paid-on-call department that use the mobile water supply boat, ongoing training and skill levels of boat operators and housing the vessel in a boathouse on Okanagan Lake.

The Regional District and North Westside Fire Rescue will continue to investigate other possible FUS challenges to assist property owners within the fire district with insurance rate adjustments.

(September 25, 2014)

Source:  RDCO What's New

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.pdf icon September 29, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Fire Department Mutual Aid Agreement

The Regional Board has approved a new Mutual Aid Agreement between the Regional District of Central Okanagan and Regional District of Kootenay Boundary. The five year agreement allows fire-fighting and suppression resources to be shared between the paid-on-call fire departments serving Joe Rich and Big White. The agreement is a viable and cost effective option for additional equipment and fire-fighter resources if needed in either Fire Protection Area.

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.pdf icon Item 6.2 Mutual Aid Fire Protection Agreement

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Purpose:
To establish a Mutual Aid Agreement for emergency response relating to fire suppression incidents. This agreement will be for the provision of mutual aid between Joe Rich Fire Department and Big White Fire Department for fire suppression incidents only. The agreement will be for a 5 year term for the period starting October 1st 2014 to September 30th 2019.

Executive Summary:
Staff recommends that the agreement be signed and accepted as presented thus improving firefighting capabilities for both Fire Protection Areas at no additional cost.

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Fire Services

6.2 Mutual Aid Fire Protection Agreement between the Regional District of Central Okanagan (Joe Rich Fire Department) and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (Big White Fire Department) (All Directors Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated September 15, 2014 outlined a 5-year agreement for the provision of mutual aid between the Joe Rich Fire Department and Big White Fire Department for fire suppression incidents.

A question was raised whether a conversation has been held with Big White with regard to regional rescue services. Staff noted, not recently but will follow-up on this issue. It was noted that a provincial task number needs to be issued in order to respond to a first responder incident.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board approve the Mutual Aid Fire Protection Agreement between the Regional District of Central Okanagan (Joe Rich Fire Department) and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (Big White Fire Department).

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

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Fire & Protection Services

019 - Electoral Area Fire Prevention
Improvements in joint purchasing for the four paid-on-call fire departments has resulted in cost savings in turnout gear and air compressor acquisitions. Improved communications has optimized training; including use of the North Okanagan Regional District facility to save associated training costs.
Standardized Incident / Accountability Command Board structure has been put in place.
Regional Rescue Service Review continues to be reviewed by all partners. Dispatch, Core and noncore services are being investigated by each partner to determine costs and structure of the program.
Effective January 1, 2014, firefighter wages are paid on a quarterly basis.
A Letter of Understanding has been signed by all parties regarding a new framework for cooperation between Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) and the RD. The agreement sets out roles and responsibilities during search and rescue emergencies to help with effective deployment of resources and to help minimize duplication of services between Regional fire departments and COSAR.

021 -- Ellison Volunteer Fire Department
Energy improvements were completed at the Ellison Fire hall by converting to natural gas furnace and water heater. Lower greenhouse gas emissions will result from the project financed through Community Works - Gas Tax Funds. Turnout Gear purchases totaled $1,300 at June 30, 2014. Fire fighter, Phil Scott, has received an Exemplary Service Award to mark three decades of service to the Ellison community.

022 - Joe Rich Volunteer Fire Department and Community Centre
Nine percent of the callouts (2 out of 22) were outside of the service area at June 30, 2014. Awarded to Stantec Consulting for a contract cost of $14,400, the predesign report for the Joe Rich Cistern Project is underway. Three new bay doors were installed at Station No. 51 for $7,500.

023 - North Westside Volunteer Fire I Rescue Department
Ten percent of callouts (3 out of 30) were outside of fire protection area limits at June 30, 2014. The Boathouse, designated Station 103, was commissioned upon completion of the service power upgrade final cost of $7,960. The 1979 Mack Pumper fire truck was sold for $11,430.

024 - Wilson's Landing Volunteer Fire Department
Mini 42 replacement, a Fire Rescue Bush Truck, was awarded to Hub Fire Engines for a contract cost of $183,630. Jordair Mini-Kat air compressor was purchased for $29,500 with gas tax funds to greatly improve the efficiency and safety of callouts requiring use of a breathing apparatuses. Gas Tax funding was also approved for the emergency generator acquisition to enhance operations and communications in the event of power disruption.

030 - Regional Rescue Service
Regional Audit Committee was formed to undergo a full audit of the Regional Rescue Equipment.
Data will be utilized to structure ongoing long-term reserves. Negotiations are ongoing with the District of West Kelowna for the provision of non-core Regional Rescue Program Services on the west side of Okanagan Lake. The Core Service Review continues in 2014 with the current focus on Regional Dispatch.

Regional Dispatch processed 6,881 calls to June 30, 2014. This is a 5% decrease in volume compared to 7,256 calls processed to June 30, 2013. All Dispatch Standards were met from Jan. 1 to Jun. 30, 2014:

The Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) was activated April 30, 2014, to support the District of West Kelowna.

Erosion of Smith Creek slopes on April 7 caused concerns for the stability of Gellatly Rd and a Declaration of State of local emergency was issued on May 7 and remained in effect until July 12 when repairs were completed and the area was safe.  The Regional Emergency Program facilitated the recovery of many of the expenditures relating to the event.  To June 30,2014 the Regional Emergency Program activated the Emergency Support Services (ESS) sixteen times and provided support for 50 adults, 18 children and a variety of pets that were displaced.

Effective for the 2014 Wildfire season, the EOC Information Office expanded the public information area to include Facebook and Twitter as tools during any emergency response. Technological tool tips were provided to residents during Emergency Preparedness Week May 4-10.

The two replacement Marine Rescue Boats and Boat Trailers for Lake Country and Peachland were delivered by Kanter Marine Inc. on June 27, 2014 and will be put into service once training is complete.

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Parks Services

To June 30, 2014, sections of the Mission Creek Greenway were closed for dike integrity vegetation maintenance. Controlled burning was also completed to dispose of fire hazards fuels in Stephens Coyote Ridge, Coldham, Rose Valley, Glen Canyon and Scenic Canyon Regional Parks. Springfield Durnin Rd Access was closed to Mission Creek Regional Park for three weeks in April due to the intersection undergoing safety and operational improvements by the City of Kelowna.
Rising spring runoff water levels forced the closure of two underpasses along the Mission Creek Greenway on May 17 and June 13. Creek levels and flows stabilized to reopen the underpasses May 27 and June 19 respectively. Lakeshore Rd construction upgrade is ongoing to November and has eliminated access to the Mission Creek Greenway from Lakeshore Rd. Mount Boucherie Regional Park Access closed July 16, 2014, as a result of the ongoing firefighting efforts on Mount Boucherie.

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Corporate Services:

002 - Administration
Strategic Community Investment Funds of $79,415 were received. SCIF funds continue to minimize tax rate increases by supporting and offsetting general corporate services administrative costs, and administrative projects which have included Strategic Planning, ortho photo updates, service reviews, service agreement reviews, energy efficiencies, building improvements and working toward meeting economic and climate change targets.
Fringe Area Planning, Ellison Transit Service and Parks Service reviews are underway. Air Quality review will also be completed as part of the implementation of a regular service review 5 year cycle.
RESOC continues to review the Regional Rescue Service. Final approval of Amendments to Westbank First Nation (WFN) Agreements for inclusion in Crime Prevention, Economic Development Commission and Air Quality Program services are under consideration by WFN. RCMP Community Policing Office leased space in Administrative offices main floor effective spring 2014. Reporting to the Director of Community Services, the Fleet and Facilities Manager position was filled effective
September 8, 2014.

102 - Air Quality Monitoring
As a result of the informal service review, the Air Quality service will likely eventually be considered as part of Sustainable Transportation Partnership. An official call for proposals for a 2014-2015 Woodstove Exchange Program is scheduled for September. The provincial Woodstove Exchange program and the $250 rebate was not offered in 2014. The Regional District, in coordination with the industry and participant retailers, will continue to promote wood stove exchanges in the region. To June 30, 2014, 7,274 cubic metres were chipped for Agricultural Wood Waste Chipping Program.
Open Burning Program: the online option to verify if the open burning conditions are met has been operational though 2014 and promoted through the open burning phone line. A total of 1,353 burning permits were issued during the 2014 season, 34% within the City of Kelowna and 32% within the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The Districts of Lake Country, West Kelowna and Peachland make up the remaining 34%.

Gas Tax Funding of $38,000 was approved in 2012 for a review and update of the Regional Air Quality Management Plan originally released in 2007. Funds in the amount of $12,000 were also provided from the Ministry of Environment. The Phase I report was presented February 14, 2014, to the· Governance & Services Committee and Phase II of the update has included an online public engagement and media campaign. Input generated was reviewed and incorporated in the Phase II report.
For better understanding of the plan, the Regional Airshed Management Plan name was changed to Central Okanagan Clean Air Strategy. Final reporting is underway.
Through all the programs and activities of the Air Quality Department and other Transportation Demand Management Programs, approximately 96.8 tonnes of particulate matter, 199 tonnes of Carbon monoxide and 25.5 tonnes of Green House Gas-Carbon Dioxide equivalents were not released into the air to June 30, 2014.

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Board

001S - Board Sub-Program Corporate Communications

Early 2014 was an extraordinary season where air quality and venting permitted open burning. The RD issued 48 news releases to advise of open burning of fire hazard debris collected in fuel modification projects this winter in four regional parks. This high level of public awareness for fuel reduction projects resulted in few calls to fire dispatch and no calls from residents complaining of detrimental effects from burning. Media attention in the second quarter focused on news releases encouraging flood preparations for waterfront property owners, closures of underpasses along the Mission Creek Greenway and two water quality advisories affecting two RDCO water systems due to higher than acceptable turbidity as a result of the spring runoff. Media attention was also received for the Open Houses and an online survey related to development of a Management Plan for Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park and a proposed Floating Dock for Shannon Lake Regional Park.

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6. Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year-To-Date June 30, 2014

Staff report dated September 4,2014 outlined the program measures to June 30, 2014. A summary of the highlights was presented. It was noted that staff continue to review the quarterly information presented to ensure the Committee is well
informed on the regional services and issues arising.

CONDON/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date June 30, 2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Nothing was mentioned in the Agenda about Director Item - Director Zimmermann about 2014 Wildfire Season, because it was a Director Item.

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12. DIRECTOR ITEMS

b) 2014 Wildfire Season

Director Zimmermann complimented the West Kelowna Fire Department staff involved in fighting interface forest fires this season (Smith Creek and Mount Boucherie), in particular the leadership of District of West Kelowna Fire Chief Schnitzler. The Emergency Operations Centre was activated to support the response, as well as the Ministry of Forests.

ZIMMERMANN/FINDLATER
THAT a letter of thanks be forwarded to District of West Kelowna Fire Chief Wayne Schnitzler thanking him for the work he and his crew has provided during the 2014 forest fire season in West Kelowna.

CARRIED Unanimously

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12. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Smith Creek Fire
Director Findlater thanked all those who helped with the recent Smith Creek Fire. It was a great regional emergency response.

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Rescue Interagency Framework
The Regional Board has approved a new framework for cooperation between Central Okanagan Search and Rescue and the Regional District. The agreement sets out a common understanding of the roles and responsibilities during search and rescue emergencies. This will help with effective deployment of resources and help minimize duplication of services between Regional fire departments and the non-profit Central Okanagan Search and Rescue Society.

Energy Efficient Ellison Facilities
The Regional Board has approved a project that will see improved energy efficiency by converting two Ellison facilities to natural gas from propane. The natural gas line is being extended to the area of the Ellison Heritage School Community Hall and Ellison fire hall along Old Vernon Road. Switching to natural gas furnaces and water heaters in each building will reduce energy costs and result in lower greenhouse gas emissions. The project is expected to cost $26,760 and will be covered through the Federal Community Works – Gas Tax Fund.

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 7.2 Update Regarding Bill 17.

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.pdf icon Item 7.2 Update Regarding Bill 17

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Purpose:
To provide the Regional Board with information and an update on Bill 17 - Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act.

Workers Compensation Act - This proposed amendment to the Workers Compensation Act fulfills Government's election commitment to restore heart disease in firefighters to the list of presumptive diseases recognized by WorkSafeBC.

The amendment to this legislation will provide further protection for firefighters, as well as forest firefighters. If a firefighter suffers from heart disease or a heart injury - including a heart attack - it will be presumed to be due to their work as a firefighter unless the contrary is proved. This legislation will thus support B.C. firefighters in receiving workers' compensation should they suffer from heart disease or heart injury as a result of their work.

This amendment ensures that B.C. continues to be a leader in recognizing occupational diseases associated with employment as a firefighter.

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To seek approval from the Board to allow funding through the Community Works - Gas Tax Fund, to facilitate the attached project proposal for the conversion and retrofit of the Ellison Fire Hall and Ellison Community Hall from propane to natural gas.

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Inspection & Fire Services

7.5 Approval of Central Okanagan Search & Rescue/Regional Rescue Interagency Framework (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated April 29, 2014 outlined the framework interagency agreement between the Central Okanagan Search & Rescue and the Regional District regional rescue program. The agreement is based on best practices between fire departments and search and rescue groups. The Board's Regional Emergency Services Oversight Committee reviewed and agreement and recommends Board approval.

ZIMMERMANN/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board approve the Regional Rescue Interagency Framework Agreement between the Regional District & Central Okanagan Search & Rescue.

CARRIED Unanimously

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8. NEW BUSINESS

8.1 Community Works Funding - Proposal for Energy Efficiencies for the Ellison Fire Hall and Ellison Community Hall (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated May 20, 2014 outlined the energy efficient improvements proposed for the Ellison Fire Hall and the Ellison Community Hall converting the fuel source for the facilities from propane to natural gas. The Community Works
Funding is in place for Electoral Area East and as this project qualifies for the use of the funds and the RDCO's commitment on the Climate Action Plan power smart objectives, Board approval is required to proceed. The anticipated budget for the improvements is $26,760.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board authorize staff to proceed with the required project request as identified in the May 14, 2014 Proposal for Energy Efficiencies utilizing Community Works Fund - Gas Tax Funding for 2014 for the Ellison Fire Hall and Ellison Community Hall.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Regional Rescue Service Negotiations

The Regional Board has authorized negotiations with the District of West Kelowna with the goal of reaching a contract with the municipality to provide non-core Regional Rescue Program services on the west side of Okanagan Lake. Services such as low-angle, ice, and road rescues are currently provided by West Kelowna Fire Rescue and with a new agreement confined space, swift water and high angle rescues will also be provided. These latter services are currently provided by the City of Kelowna Fire Department through the Regional Rescue Program.

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8. CORPORATE SERVICES

8.1 District of West Kelowna Correspondence - Regional Rescue Services (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated April 22, 2014 outlined the correspondence received from the District of West Kelowna (DWK) regarding their Council's resolution to provide 'non-core' regional rescue services within its boundaries. DWK staff have been directed to negotiate a contract with RDCO that would have West Kelowna's providing 'non-core' regional rescue services on the west side of the bridge under the current regional program.

Staff noted that DWK has the authority to provide the service within their boundary, but is not permitted to unilaterally withdrawal from a regional service.

Staff has undertook discussions with DWK as well as the CAO committee. A new expanded service model has been discussed. The Regional Emergency Services Oversight Committee (RESOC) has discussed this proposal and supports that staff explore the merits of an expanded service model. The financial impact, if any, needs to be explored. 2014 budget has been approved and budgets for this year must remain as approved.

RESOC's Chair noted the Committee has come to the conclusion there is no such thing as non-core services-all regional rescue services are core--the issue is how they are going to be delivered. This proposed model would create a second delivery system, over and above what Kelowna now offers for the regional emergency service. The question needs to be answered as to whether a second delivery system is required - what are the costs, what alternatives are
involved, and negotiate a contract. All services will be continue to be regionally delivered but how they are delivered is to be negotiated. Concern was expressed whether costs will ever be reduced if now, two 'stand-by' teams would be required.

A business case will be developed as part of the negotiations with DWK.

RDCO has the best quality of emergency service anywhere in the Province.

Staff is looking for cost savings of all service components. It was noted that Kelowna will need to know what impacts a change in delivery would mean to their service should two teams be developed. It will likely not be a less expensive service, but a higher level of service will be delivered. If this new model is approved, it was noted the public needs to be assured the regional emergency service remains a seamless service.

EDGSON/ZIMMERMANN
THAT the Regional Board authorize Brian Reardon, CAO, to enter negotiations with the District of West Kelowna for the provision of Non-Core Regional Rescue Services on the west side of the W.R. Bennett Bridge.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon February 27, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 4.1 Summary Highlights Report

.pdf icon Item 4.1A Budget Piechart And Information

.pdf icon Item 4.1B Budgets Summary

.pdf icon Item 4.1C Tax Requisitions And Rates

.pdf icon Item 4.1D Community Services Engineering

.pdf icon Item 4.1E Community Services Waste Management

.pdf icon Item 4.1F Community Services Planning

.pdf icon Item 4.1G Community Services Fire Protection

.pdf icon Item 4.1H Community Services Inspections (BUILDING INSPECTION)

.pdf icon Item 4.1I Parks Services

.pdf icon Item 4.1J Parks Services Policing Services

.pdf icon Item 4.1K Finance And Administration

.pdf icon Item 4.1L Corporate Services

.pdf icon Item 4.1M Corporate Services Bylaw Enforcement (DOG CONTROL)

.pdf icon Item 4.1N Economic Development Commission

.pdf icon Item 4.1O Regional Board

.pdf icon Budget Financial Presentation

.pdf icon Budget Parks Presentation

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Director Basran arrived at 8:33

4. Finance & Administrative Services

4.1 Introduction of the 2014-2018 Financial Plan

M. Rilkoff provided an introduction to the 2014 budget:
• Today's discussion is to show the impact of all initiatives previously identified.
• It is a working document for the Board to provide direction for the next meeting.
• Any changes identified will be brought back to the March 13th G & S meeting.
• The public meeting and final adoption of budget bylaw will be on March 28th.
• Tax requisitions are collected by the municipalities and provincial Surveyor of Taxes for the electoral areas and remitted to the RDCO.
• All services are separate they cannot be combined or intermingled.
• Each service is paid by a different combination of taxpayers.
• Calculation of the tax rate and impacts on an average home, by area was highlighted. Noting an increase to the requisition may be caused by a shift in assessment by area.
• In late 2013, the Board approved adding $.035 per $1,000 for regional parks acquisition. In addition, regional parks are asking for an additional $.0193 for parks operating and development.
• Organization wide an increase of 4.33 FTE staff have been added to the budget.
• Tax requisition comparisons for 2014 (average of $478,000) to 2013 (average of $476,000) for each member area were highlighted.

- City of Kelowna - increase of $1,159,003 (regional parks increase: $1,311,863)
- Peachland - increase of $49,622 (regional parks increase: $55,969)
- Lake Country - increase of $142,686 (regional parks increase: $138,605)
- West Kelowna - increase of $242,817 (regional parks increase $318,747)
- Electoral Area West - decrease of [$5,637] (regional parks increase $45,779
- Electoral Area East - increase of $17,248 (regional parks increase of $40,238)
- WFN - Increase of $89,638 (regional parks increase $76,043, new service $8,479 and other service net increase $5.116)

2014 Average Residential Tax Change (based on 2014 house value) as follows:

                            2013 / 2014
City of Kelowna $141.96 / $160.66
West Kelowna 160.22 / 175.33
Peachland 167.94 / 185.18
Lake Country 162.06 / 183.70
CO West 585.81 / 554.69
CO East 535.43 / 514.06

• Projected 5 year budgets for each service for operating and capital, projected tax rates and reserve balances are provided in the budget document.
• Budget sheets provide the 2013 budget and actuals, 2014 preliminary budget and 5-year plan projected for each service.

Following Introduction the Board adjourned In Camera at 9:02 a.m.

BASRAN/STACK
THAT pursuant to Section 90 (c) of the Community Charter the Regional Board adjourn and convene to an 'In-Camera' session to discuss:
- labour relations or other employee relations

CARRIED Unanimously

GIVEN/FINDLATER
THAT Councillor Derickson be invited to the In Camera meeting.
CARRIED Unanimously

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The Board reconvened from in camera at 9:15a.m.

4.2 Budget Review by Service

Regional Rescue
Jason Brolund, Regional Rescue Coordinator, was in attendance to address issue related to the regional rescue budget. Staff reviewed the proposed budget including:
• Budgeted as status quo which includes increases in payroll and admin, equipment and maintenance. It was noted there is full contribution to reserve for a hazmat truck in 2017 and upgrades to communication equipment.
• Two scenarios were presented: reserve contribution of $170,000 toward the hazmat truck and communication equipment; or reduction of the reserves from $170,000 to $50,000 in 2014 until the service review is completed.
• The question was raised if the reserves were not included could the truck still be purchased? Staff noted that the purchase may need to be deferred and recommended that it be included in the budget. The truck is ending its lifespan and will need to be replaced. The budget is realistic whether it's a truck and trailers.
• Hazmat is a core service, and cannot be contracted? In major fires, such as the recent commercial building fire, the hazmat team is deployed immediately. Our team gets there fast. Insurance company contracts hazmat teams for the cleanup.
• If the purchase was moved out one year will there be issues? Staff noted that the truck is at the end of its useful life. It is something that should be replaced. Efficiencies can be looked during the purchase process.

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT the reserve contribution for the hazmat truck and communication equipment be reduced as presented from $170,000 to $50,000 for 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Regional Rescue Service Request

The Regional Board has asked staff to review a letter from the District of West Kelowna outlining that as of April 1st West Kelowna plans to provide six services that are being provided by the Regional Rescue program. A report will be prepared for consideration at a future Board meeting.

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1. CALL TO ORDER
Chair Hobson brought the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Presentation: 30 Year Service Award - Philip Scott, Ellison Fire Department
The outstanding service and dedication of a member of the Ellison Fire Department was been recognized with a special award from his Excellency Governor General David Johnston for 30 years of service. Chair Hobson presented Phil Scott with the Exemplary Service Award. Scott has been a member of the paid-on-call department since November 1983. He's the first member of the Ellison department to mark three decades of service to the community.

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6.4 District of West Kelowna re: Regional Rescue Services (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

District of West Kelowna letter of January 31, 2014 provided notice that effective March 31, 2014 West Kelowna plans to assume regional rescue services including: confined space rescue, ice rescue, road rescue, swift water rescue, high angle rescue and low angle rescue.

The Administrator addressed the letter noting he has been in contact with DWK's Administrator and expressed the need for time to review the issue more thoroughly. This is a regional service, and there is a process for withdrawal from a service under the Local Government Act. There is the question of DWK's authority to take this action without Board approval and completion of the service review. DWK Mayor Findlater noted that Council has taken their position and they believe they have the authority to do what has been communicated in their letter.

It was noted that the Board has directed staff to bring forward a full report from the RESOC before any decisions would be made on any potential changes to the regional rescue program. It was further noted that RESOC is waiting to hear from the CAOs but to date this has not occurred. The DWK letter deviates from the process direction the Board gave to staff.

Frustration was expressed that the review process has taken a long time. Lake Country's Mayor Baker noted they want to consider non-core services as well and what the budget implications are, and questioned when this information would be made available.

EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT the January 31,2014 letter from the District of West Kelowna regarding Regional Rescue Services be referred to staff & RESOC for a report to the Board prior to final budget.

CARRIED (Ophus/Findlater opposed)

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Strategic Wildfire Prevention Applications

The Regional Board has adopted a resolution supporting applications for funding under the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative programs. The Union of BC Municipalities administers funds under this Provincial Government program to support community initiatives to mitigate interface wildfire risks. The Regional District plans to apply for funding to conduct wildfire fuel treatment on a 5.43-hectare portion of Crown Land surrounding communication infrastructure on Black Knight Mountain and to develop a fuel prescription plan for Mill Creek Regional Park. Since inception of the wildfire prevention initiative the Regional District has received in excess of $1-million for preparation of various wildfire plans, fuel management prescriptions and treatments in many Regional Parks.

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6. PARKS SERVICES

6.1 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative, Support for Projects (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

OPHUS/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board support the UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative application for funding of operational fuel management treatments on Black Knight Mountain Crown lands including planned activities and overall grant management for the prescribed operational fuel treatments;

AND THAT the Regional Board support the UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative applications for fuel management prescription funding and subsequent operational fuel management treatment funding at Mill Creek Regional Park including
planned activities and overall grant management for both forest fuel reduction prescriptions and onsite operational fuel treatments.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Wildfire Prevention Initiative
The Regional Board has received a letter from the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) which has approved a successful grant application. The UBCM will provide a grant of $134,004.60 to fund 90% of the cost of providing wildfire hazard reduction treatment to approximately 20-hectares within Stephen’s Coyote Ridge Regional Park. It’s hoped this work will get underway in early 2014.

2014 – 2018 Financial Plan Considerations
The Regional Board has received a report outlining possible items for consideration during the review of the 2014-2018 Financial Plan. More specifics on the impacts of these items will be provided at the February 27th budget meeting.

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5.2 Jason Brolund, Regional Emergency Plan Coordinator-Regional Rescue Program & and David Crawford, Central Okanagan Search & Rescue (COSAR) re: Framework for Interagency Cooperation (for information)

Dan Wildeman introduced Jason Brolund and David Crawford.
Jason Brolund and David Crawford provided an overview of the coordination of efforts between the emergency program and search and rescue. It was noted that the organization is a non-profit organization, manned by volunteers. Search and rescue functions include: urban/wilderness searches; sustained surface based marine and underwater searches; tracking; wilderness rope rescue, basic first aid; and civil emergency logistical support.

The roles of the regional rescue program and COSAR were highlighted. A formalized agreement with a common understanding of each other roles has been developed which will assist in building awareness of capabilities, strengths and limitations in order to ensure the most efficient resources are deployed as quickly as possible during an emergency.

The Regional Emergency Services Oversight Committee (RESOC) suggested it would be a good idea to have a more formalized working agreement, outlining roles of each group. Minimize duplication of service, effective resources deployed as quickly as possible, discuss incidences shared and what can be built upon, train together when possible, efficiencies in purchasing, formal place at the EOC, cooperation and improved relationships engaging each other for best outcome when people are in need.

GRAY/BAKER
THAT the presentation by Jason Brolund, Regional Emergency Plan Coordinator Regional Rescue Program & and David Crawford, Central Okanagan Search & Rescue (COSAR) regarding the Framework for Interagency Cooperation be received
for information.

CARRIED

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 UBCM re: Approval of Operational Fuel Treatment (Stephen's Coyote Ridge Park) Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (for information only) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

GIVEN/EDGSON
THAT the November 21, 2013 letter from UBCM confirming approval of $134,004 for an operational fuel treatment grant for Stephen's Coyote Ridge Park be received.

CARRIED

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8. COMMUNITY SERVICES

Regional Emergency Services:

8.1 COSAR/Regional Rescue Interagency Framework (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated December 2, 2013 outlined the Interagency Framework as discussed in the presentation by Jason Brolund and David Crawford.
In discussion, it was noted that the Regional Emergency Services Oversight Committee (RESOC) has not reviewed the Framework agreement and that there is a desire that all recommendations for the regional rescue service come forward to the Board as a 'package'.

OPHUS/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board recommends that the Framework for Interagency Cooperation between the Regional District (Regional Rescue Program) and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue be referred to the Regional Emergency Services Oversight Committee for final review.

CARRIED

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9. FINANCIAL & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

9.2 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Request Items For Discussion (for information only) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated December 9, 2013 outlined high level impacts to the 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan including an increase to regional parks land acquisition of 3.5 cents; summary of staffing gaps; impacts of service reviews still to be determined (fringe area planning costs allocation, dog control implementation plan, 911 service provision, regional rescue); and carry-over projects. It was noted staff are trying to keep the increase to operating budgets under the CPI.

The information is presented for information only to provide the Board with a sense of what is going into the budget process. The Board will be reviewing the preliminary budget in early February, with adoption of the budget on March 28th.

During discussion questions were raised for further review:
-Regional Parks Maintenance - When is the service review which was not completed last year going to be done? Concern was expressed regarding the transition from summer students to seasonal workers. Staff to bring the rationale forward on this option including costs.
-Alarm fees, when was the last time they were increased? Staff to review the budget and consideration for increased fees.
-Waste reduction management - With the new management contract--MMBC Collection Financial Incentives--are there going to be staff reductions? Staff noted no as we are contractor and will be doing more than in the past.
MMBC will be paying us to run the program (across three functions-waste management, recycling and curb-side).
-Have staff considered contracting out fleet management? This has been considered in the past.

BAKER/GRAY
THAT the update on the 2014-2018 Financial Plan request for items be received for information.

CARRIED

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New Boathouse Open and In Service

A new boathouse on Okanagan Lake is open and in service for the North Westside Fire Rescue department.

The new waterfront building, dock and marine lift is easily accessible in the southern portion of Killiney Beach Community Park, just off Hodges Road.

The facility houses the department’s 8.4-metre Marine Mobile Water Supply and Fireboat.

Construction of the boathouse and dock was completed earlier this fall by Burton Marine and Pile Driving Incorporated, after a public Request for Proposal process. The contract includes a full two year warranty on all materials and labour used to build the structures.

Fire Services Manager Dan Wildeman says “This fully enclosed boathouse on Okanagan Lake required extensive environmental approvals from the Provincial Government and complies with all federal, provincial and local regulations. It was designed and built at a total cost of $78,000. It includes an all-electric boat lift and gasoline powered generator that provides power for interior lighting and an electric roll-up garage door with a manual override.”

North Westside Fire Chief Doug Gardiner adds, “This facility means our community’s fireboat and Marine Mobile Water Supply will be easily accessible for trained members of our department in the event it’s dispatched for firefighting and protection along the waterfront, as a water supply.”

In dedicating the boathouse which is designated Station 103, members of the North Westside Firefighter Society recognized the memory of Regan Toker, a department member who lost his life in a West Kelowna workplace accident in 2011.

Wildeman says, “The Society members are an integral part of their community and are dedicated to helping their neighbours with medical first response, fire prevention and fire protection services. The Regional District thanks the Society for its generous contribution of $20,100 which helped in part to construct and equip the new boathouse.”

View Photos from the event at www.facebook.com/regionaldistrict

(December 7, 2013)

Source:  RDCO Whats New

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New Fire Chief for North Westside Fire Rescue Department

The Regional District didn’t have to look far to find a new full-time Chief for the North Westside Fire Protection Service Area.

Effective December 1st, Doug Gardiner takes on the full-time management position for the paid-on-call fire department. It provides fire protection and medical first response to residents living in the communities of Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Fintry Delta, Valley of the Sun and La Casa resort along the north end of Westside Road within the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.

Gardiner has been acting as the department’s Interim Chief since early August.

Regional District Fire and Inspection Services Manager Dan Wildeman says, “Over the past few months as Interim Chief, Doug has displayed a combination of excellent performance and management of the paid-on-call department and along with the continued support of his leadership by the Officers and members of North Westside Fire Rescue, we’re pleased to confirm he’s accepted an offer to serve full-time in the Fire Chief’s position. Doug has 27 years of experience as a professional firefighter and superior credentials as he retired as the Assistant Chief in charge of Training for the Saanich Fire Department. He also has experience in marine rescue and has worked during his career with paid-on-call fire departments.”

North Westside Fire Rescue is one of four paid-on-call fire departments of the Regional District which also provides medical first response and fire protection services for the Ellison and Joe Rich Fire Service Areas and fire protection for the Wilson’s Landing Fire Protection Area.

Contact:
Bruce Smith
Communications Officer
250-469-6339

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North Westside gets new fire chief
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Kelowna - Story: 103581 - Nov 27, 2013

The Regional District didn’t have to look far to find a new full-time Chief for the North Westside Fire Protection Service Area.

Effective Dec 1, Doug Gardiner takes on the full-time management position for the paid-on-call fire department.



Photo: Contributed - Regional District

New North Westside Fire Chief, Doug Gardiner

The team provides fire protection and medical first response to residents living in the communities of Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Fintry Delta, Valley of the Sun and La Casa resort along the north end of Westside Road within the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.

Gardiner has been acting as the department’s Interim Chief since early August.

Regional District Fire and Inspection Services Manager Dan Wildeman says Gardiner has displayed a combination of excellent performance and management of the paid-on-call department since taking over as Interim Chief.

"Along with the continued support of his leadership by the Officers and members of North Westside Fire Rescue, we’re pleased to confirm he’s accepted an offer to serve full-time in the Fire Chief’s position," says Wildeman.

"Doug has 27 years of experience as a professional firefighter and superior credentials as he retired as the Assistant Chief in charge of Training for the Saanich Fire Department. He also has experience in marine rescue and has worked during his career with paid-on-call fire departments.”

North Westside Fire Rescue is one of four paid-on-call fire departments of the Regional District which also provides medical first response and fire protection services for the Ellison and Joe Rich Fire Service Areas and fire protection for the Wilson’s Landing Fire Protection Area.

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.pdf icon November 25, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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5. BUSINESS ARISING

5.1 Regional Emergency Program Review Update
Brian Reardon noted that the following reports are part of the on-going emergency program service review. The RESOC committee is being requested to meet further to discuss the financial and agreement model outlined in the TOR for the committee.

a) Administrative Review (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Staff report dated November 19th outlined the results of the review of the CAO Committee of the Emergency Program Administration. The committee noted that:
• The service is working well from an administrative point of view;
• Is being delivered effectively and in a professional manner;
• Staffing model meets our current goals;
• Cost of the service is reasonable and good value is received;
• Another model wouldn't provide the same overall value;
• Service deals with life safety issues;
• The program should continue to operate under the current model.

In discussion, concern was expressed that all recommendations regarding the service should be brought forward as a package and not piecemeal. Questions remain on the costs of the emergency program, what the expectation is for service delivery is going forward (will it remain status quo or will member fire departments assume more responsibility and if so, what is the cost), will the threshold for EOC response be reviewed, will contractual agreements be formalized with the City of Kelowna, what is the linkage to the budget cycle, etc.

Staff noted the proposed recommendation is only regarding the delivery of the service. Questions remain on how the program will be governed, delivered and managed as a full program.

OPHUS/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board approves in principle continuation of the Emergency Program Administrative Service through a contract with the City of Kelowna;
AND FURTHER THAT the emergency program review be referred back to RESOC for final recommendations to come forward to the Board.

CARRIED

b) Core vs Non-Core (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Staff report dated November 19, 2013 outlined the review by the CAO Committee of the Regional Rescue Program - Core vs Non-Core programs.

It was noted that no change should be made that would create a gap in service; the question remains whether the 'teams' should be expanded outside of Kelowna; clarification is needed regarding what the needs are and whether those services can effectively be provided if expanded outside Kelowna; and that more discussion is needed at the technical level. The CAO & technical committee will be invited to meet with the RESOC.

EDGSON/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board defer the matter of the regional rescue program reviewcore vs non-core until a special CAO Committee meeting is held that involves the fire chiefs and technical staff to discuss the KPMG report and to clarify the service needs prior to January 31, 2014.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 14, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Replacement of Marine Rescue Boats
The Regional Board has authorized a Request for Proposal process in order to replace two Marine Rescue Boats in 2014. A purchasing committee suggests that there would be cost savings realized by seeking replacements for the vessels based in Peachland and Lake Country at the same time. The cost of the two replacement marine rescue boats is not to exceed $300,750 excluding taxes and will be funded through a combination of the approved 2013 and 2014 capital replacement budgets.

9-1-1 Call Answer Levy Supported
The Regional Board supports in principle, continuing efforts that would see a province-wide 9-1-1 Call Answer Levy implemented for all land based, cellular and voice over internet protocol phones in British Columbia. A Committee of the Union of BC Municipalities is working with the telecom industry, local governments and the Province on legislative changes that would be required to institute a levy on all phone devices in order to support and improve
9-1-1 services in BC. Cell phone and other wireless users currently do not directly contribute like users of landlines, to the provision of 9-1-1 services in the province.

Brent Road Fire Protection Agreement
The Regional Board has approved a new five year agreement between the Regional District and the District of Peachland which provides fire protection service to properties along Brent Road in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. This renews an agreement originally approved in 2004 and again in 2009 and runs through 2017. Brent Road property owners receive fire protection from the District of Peachland at the same rate as Peachland residents, based on the assessed value of their property.

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 8.1 2013 2017 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No 1338 or about Director Item Zimmerman asking about the RESOC committee

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.pdf icon Item 5.1 UBCM 9 1 1 Services Province Wide Levy On Wireless Services

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.pdf icon Item 8.1 2013 2017 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No 1338

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Item 8.1 2013 2017 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No 1338

Executive Summary:
As per previous information provided to the Board I Governance and Services Committee, amendments have been made to the 2013 - 2017 Financial Plan. All changes have been highlighted in the amended bylaw. In accordance with the Oct. 10th Report to the Board and approval re: Use of Gas Tax Community Works Fund:

024 - Wilson's Landing Fire Department - 2014: $30,000 IN Equipment and $20,000 in Facility
Improvements.

Other Changes:
023 - North Westside Road Fire Capital Budget - 2013: To adjust the Boat House costs and recognize donations:

o Capital Revenue: Increase Donations from $0 to $23,000. Reduced amount funded from reserves by $29,707 (may need to be adjusted by $20,000, if fire trucks proceeds not received at year end - when sold, funds would transfer into reserves via 2014 budget.)

o Capital Expenses: Decreased Turnout gear from $25,062 to $7,500, increase Boat House from $50,125 to $82,000, and decreased Stn 102 Firehall Renovations from $26,102 to $5,000.
     • Transfer surplus truck from Regional Rescue $8.5k.

o 2014 Capital: Fund $28,500 of Facility Improvements from Community Works Fund Gas Tax Reserve as per Oct. 10, 2013 Board Report.
030 - Regional Rescue - 2013 Sale/Transfer Surplus Bush Truck.

7. Page 43 "023 - North Westside Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department" is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the attached page 43 "023 - North Westside Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department - Amended" to reflect changes in the 2013 and 2014 Capital Fund Budget.

9. Page 47 "030 - Regional Rescue" is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the attached page 47 "030 - Regional Rescue -Amended" to reflect changes in the 2013 Capital Fund Budget.

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Item 6.1 Marine Rescue Vessel Replacement

Purpose:
To obtain approval to proceed with a Request for Proposal process for the acquisition of two (2) Marine Rescue vessels for the Regional Rescue Program.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board authorize staff to complete a Request for Proposal process for the replacement of two Marine Rescue vessels not to exceed $300,750.00 excluding taxes.

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5. CORRESPONDENCE

5.1 UBCM - 911 Services in British Columbia - Province Wide Levy on Wireless Services (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 7, 2013 outlined UBCM's request for input on a province-wide levy on wireless service (911 services in British Columbia). The issues was presented at UBCM Convention in September 2013 and as a followup UBCM is now looking to obtain further input from local governments on the introduction of a uniform province-wide Call Answer Levy on wireless services to support and improve 911 services in BC.
Essentially this would shift the cost of the program to a full user-pay basis as currently only land lines fund 911. Currently the 911 fees paid only goes to the phone company, it does not fund the local government's 911 service. Models how administration of the service will occur has yet to be determined. The question was raised how to assemble our response? The Administrator noted the committee is looking for a general direction only - do you support, and if so, are there any specific issues you want to see addressed ie: implement a cap?
In time there will be more specifics. The RDCO Administrator sits on the committee and will take forward specifics to the committee. Concerns raised include: service gap issue throughout the province is a concern to this proposal (industry will be involved in discussions; it needs to be clear the revenue from our area, would go towards our service; all beneficiaries of the service should be paying for the service; new technology is coming and should be used for universal accessibility; and, is there a risk how funds in our contracts be utilized (funding mechanism would change). Staff to keep the Board apprised of the
committee's work and future decisions.

FINDLATER/ZIMMERMANN
THAT the Regional Board supports, in principle, the implementation of a province wide 911 Call Answer Levy (CAL) for all land based, cellular, and voice over IP devices in British Columbia;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board request UBCM to continue working with local government, industry and the Provincial Government to having all of the necessary legislative changes put in place to implement a province-wide 911 CAL.

CARRIED

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6. BUSINESS ARISING

6.1 Marine Rescue Vessel Replacement (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 5, 2013 outlined that in May 2013 the Board supported in principle the replacement of the marine rescue vessel located in Peachland which had been budgeted since 2012. At that time, it was agreed that a purchasing committee be formed to develop appropriate specifications for the vessel. Following discussion with the purchasing committee it is being recommended that the process for replacement of the two marine rescue vessels (the other being in Lake Country) be completed simultaneously in order to save funds. The marine rescue boats have been identified as critical infrastructure that requires replacement and have been identified in the 2013 and 2014 capital plans. The RFP process will be completed in 2014.
Staff noted the technical committee is confident the specification for the proposed boats will meet the needs of the community. The Peachland fire chief is fine with specs.

ZIMMERMANN/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board authorizes staff to complete a Request for Proposal process for the replacement of two marine rescue vessels (Peachland and Lake Country) not to exceed $300,750.00, excluding taxes.

CARRIED

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8. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

8.1 RDCO 2013-2017 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1338, 2013, 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 7, 2013 outlined the amendments to the 2013-2017 Financial Plan. Note correction to report: 305 - Sunset Ranch Water System: $15,000 System Improvements in 2013, and $6,000 in 2014.

OPHUS/EDGSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2013-2017 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1338, 2013 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 14th day of November 2013.

CARRIED

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10. NEW BUSINESS

10.1 Approval of the Brent Road Fire Protection Agreement with the District of Peachland (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Staff report dated November 5, 2013 outlined that the Brent Road Fire Protection Agreement previously in place has expired and requires approval. The District of Peachland has approved the agreement for a five-year period.

FIELDING/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board approve the Fire Service Agreement between the District of Peachland and the Regional District of Central Okanagan for fire protection services in the Brent Road Fire Protection Service Area for a five year period - January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2017.

CARRIED

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11. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Regional Rescue Service Oversight Committee (RESOC)
Director Zimmermann asked if the CAO's have met. It was noted that the municipal administrators and the CAO have met and progress has been made on discussion regarding the regional rescue service review. A report will be forthcoming to the Nov 25th Board meeting.

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9.2 UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative Applications (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board support the October 2013 UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative applications for funding of operational fuel management treatments in Stephen's Coyote Ridge and Coldham Regional Parks;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board continues to support future RDCO applications to UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative which include planned activities and overall grant management for both forest fuel reduction prescriptions and onsite operational fuel treatments in regional parks.

CARRIED

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Gas Tax Funding for Water/Fire Services

The Regional Board has authorized staff to proceed with a proposal to fund over $600,000 in Fire Services and Water System projects in the two Electoral Areas. The identified works would be funded through existing Federal Gas Tax Community Works Funds with $593,000 available for Central Okanagan East and $84,500 for projects in Central Okanagan West. All the proposed projects for 2014 meet the Gas Tax Funding targets by reducing greenhouse gas emissions while providing for cleaner air and water and a safer and healthier community for residents.

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High efficiency Furnace and heat pump - The current heating system is an old oil burning, inefficient furnace releasing emissions and contributing to greenhouse gases with little efficiencies. The Hall is also using inefficient window box type air conditioners and fans to control interior temperatures in the summer. A propane high efficiency furnace with a heat pump would address all climate control issues by providing reduced costs to operate and reduction of greenhouse gases.
o Estimated cost- $20,000

New LED Lighting - New LED lighting would reduce costs by using more efficient and cost effective lighting while reducing radiant heat in the summer and lowering the need for electrical and propane usage to cool the building by running the air conditioning.
o Estimated cost- $3,500

Skylight and window film - Window film will reduce radiant heat transfer and in turn reduce cooling costs. Skylight would act as a ventilation point to expel thermal heat buildup from the upper portions of the building. The reduction of thermal buildup would intern reduce workload on the air conditioner realizing additional savings both environmentally and economically.
o Estimated cost $5,000

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7. COMMUNITY SERVICES

Environmental:

7.1 Regional District Water Systems and Fire Services - Community Works Funding (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Staff report dated October 1, 2013 provided an outline of projects identified for community works funding in the electoral areas including upgrades to the: Trepanier water system; Wilson's Landing Fire Hall; Joe Rich Fire Hall; Ellison Fire Hall; Falcon Ridge water system; and Sunset Ranch water system. It was noted that these funds are specific to electoral areas only.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board authorizes staff to proceed with the required proposal requests for water system and fire service projects as identified in the September 27, 2013 Proposal for Water System Improvements and Energy Efficiencies Utilizing
Community Works Fund - Gas Tax Funding for 2013 and 2014.

CARRIED

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Former Fire Chief Recognized

The outstanding service and dedication of a former Regional District Fire Chief has been recognized with special award presentations before the Regional Board by Chair Robert Hobson. Derek Fletcher has received an Exemplary Service Award from the Federal Government for 20 years of service and a Long Service Award from the Provincial Government in recognition of his 25 years of service and commitment to the Wilson’s Landing community. Fletcher retired as Chief of the Wilson’s Landing Fire Department earlier this year, but continues to serve as its Training Officer.

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RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the attached policy 7.21 for Emergency Incident Wage Top Up for Paid on Call Firefighters be approved, and

THAT any net reimbursements after expenses for the Trepanier Fire response be transferred to reserves for the fire departments if already budgeted in 2013, or identified and budgeted for transfer or other use in 2014.

As a paid on call firefighter, the RDCO rates per hour are $15 for a firefighter and $17 for a lieutenant. Captains, Assistant Chiefs, and Chiefs get paid $19, $22, and $25 per hour respectively.

During an incident, these paid on call volunteers are typically working alongside career fire fighters who are often being paid union rates and / or overtime, and have been called out to assist another community outside of their fire protection area.
The RDCO submits any response and expense claims to Emergency Management BC or Forestry for reimbursement. Typically, the Province uses standard "all found" reimbursement rates, typically for apparatus, related expenses, and crew.
The personnel wage rate stated in the "Interagency Working Group Reimbursement Rate June 2011" (the rate scale used for the Trepanier Fire incident) for individual Volunteer Fire Department Personnel is $34. Staff is recommending that the paid on call rates for the Trepanier incident be topped up to this $34 rate to help cover personal expense or job wages lost by the responders. The fire chiefs of the volunteer fire departments are in agreement with this recommendation. For any future incidents, the current stated rate at the time would apply.

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RECOMMENDATION:
THAT .....The Fire & Protection Services 019- Electoral Area Fire Protections section of the Quarterly Program Measures Report Executive Summary, Year to Date June 30, 2013 as received at the September 12, 2013 Regional Board meeting, be amended as follows:
"The RDCO will continue issuing Burning Permits for Lakeshore and June Springs. The Kelowna Fire Department (KFD) will continue to provide fire coverage to these areas as per Fire Service Agreement dated February 10th 2011. RDCO will continue to advise KFD of all permits issued for these areas. All current bylaws will continue to apply."

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Presentation of 20 Year & 25 Year Exemplary Service Awards to Derek Fletcher Derek started as a volunteer firefighter with Wilson's Landing in 1986, he is the longest serving member with 27 years of service. Derek was the Fire Chief from 2002-2012 and continues as a captain today. He was presented with a Federal aware to a Fire Service member for 20 years of loyal and exemplary service, and a Provincial award in recognition of 25 years of dedication to the Fire Service in the Province of BC.

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6. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

6.1 Policy - Emergency Incident Reimbursement for Paid On Call Firefighters (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
As directed by the Regional Board at its September 12th meeting, staff was asked to identify emergency incident reimbursement guidelines. Staff report dated September 1i h recommended a policy for emergency wage top-up for paid on call firefighters.

OPHUS/EDGSON
THAT Policy 7.21 - Emergency Incident Wage Top Up for Paid On Call Firefighters be approved;
AND FURTHER THAT any net reimbursements after expenses for the Trepanier Fire response be transferred to reserves for the fire departments if already budgeted in 2013, or identified and budgeted for transfer or other use in 2014.

CARRIED

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8.3 Update on the Regional Emergency Service Review (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated September 17'h provided an update on the progress of the review of the RDCO Regional Emergency Services program. The Board's RESOC (Oversight Committee) continues review of the service including consultation with municipal partners and the technical committee. Fact sheets have been identified for each of the core services delivered and have formed the basis for subsequent deliberations.

The Committee chair reviewed the discussions which have occurred including: require further recommendations on dispatch; bylaw updates needed; cost recovery on marine rescue; technical reports need further financial analysis; core service review was preliminary discussed but there will be cost implications to various partners which require review; and emergency management costs need to be reviewed further. The member CAOs have met and are anxious to take this on and review solutions. It was noted that Kelowna has reviewed noncore, core issue and a letter will be forthcoming to the Board.

Concern was expressed that the review has taken so long and final recommendations are yet to come forward for Board consideration. There is a need to communicate urgency in completing the review and reviewing possible alternate timelines for completing the specific reviews.

THAT the Regional Board receive the update on the Regional Emergency Service Review for information;
AND THAT the Regional Board direct staff to compile an action report on Regional Fire Dispatch Request for Proposal potential by year end of 2013 and have a final report for the 15t quarter of 2014;

AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board direct staff to update the Emergency bylaw to include a potential cost recovery method applicable to Marine Rescue by March 31, 2014;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board refer the Emergency Program Management Review and non-core and core services review to the Chief Administrative Officer Committee for feedback by November 30, 2013.

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8.4 Amendment to Quarterly Program Measures Report Executive Summary, Year-to-date June 30, 2013 - Fire and Protection Services Section (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

As directed by the Regional Board at its September 12th meeting, staff was asked to review the comments in the Quarterly Measures Report regarding the issuance of burning permits to the June Springs and Lakeshore Road area.

Staff report dated September 18th corrected the comments in that report.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Fire Protection Services 019-Electoral Area Fire Protections section of the Quarterly Program Measures Report Executive Summary, Year to Date June 30, 2012 as received at the September 12, 2013 Regional Board meeting, be amended as follows:

"The RDCO will continue issuing Burning Permits for Lakeshore and June Springs. The Kelowna Fire Department (KFD) will continue to provide fire coverage to these areas as per Fire Services Agreement dated February 10, 2011. RDCO will continue to advise KFD of all permits issued for these areas. All current bylaws will continue to apply."

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North Westside fire chief claims he was forced to resign
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - September 20, 2013

Wayne Carson has resigned as North Westside fire chief.

Controversy continues to rage around the North Westside Fire Department.

Chief Wayne Carson resigned Sept. 16, claiming that he had no choice given allegations and job changes being made by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

“Under normal circumstances, I would not have resigned. I loved the job and serving the community,” said Carson, who was chief for 19 years.

This is just the latest development in a conflict between Carson and RDCO.

He was suspended by the regional district for three days in June but details around that circumstance have never been made public.

He then returned to duties after the suspension but a leave of absence began July 8. RDCO has stated Carson requested the leave but Carson has denied that.

Carson says he was scheduled to go back to work Sept. 16 but during a meeting with RDCO officials, he says he was handed a reprimand letter. It was then that he decided to resign.

“Allegations have been made against me and there has been no appeal process,” he said without getting into specifics about the allegations.

“I maintain the allegations against me are false.”

Carson also claims the nature of the chief’s job and the fire department have changed while he has been on leave.

“Equipment has been sold and things have been done that water down the department’s ability to respond to wildfire,” he said, adding that construction costs for a fire boat house have also soared.

“I have never seen anything as disrespectful as this.”

Carson says he may consult a lawyer to determine what information he can release to the public, but he has no plans to sue RDCO.

“I won’t put thousands of dollars into lawyers when they will use my community’s tax dollars to fight me.”

RDCO confirms it has accepted Carson’s letter of resignation.

“It’s a personnel matter and we can’t discuss the resignation,” said Bruce Smith, communications officer.

An interim chief hired during Carson’s leave of absence will remain on duty until a new chief is named.

“We are reassuring residents that the fire department remains committed to meeting their needs,” said Smith.

“Four people have rejoined or joined over the last few months.”

Jim Edgson, North Westside director, is saying little about Carson’s departure.

“We wish him well on his endeavours,” said Edgson.

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September 20, 2013

Interim Fire Chief for North Westside Fire Rescue to Continue

The interim Fire Chief for the North Westside Fire/Rescue has agreed to continue with the Department until a decision is made to permanently fill that position.

Since August 2nd, Doug Gardiner has been temporarily handling the Fire Chief’s duties for the paid-on-call department which services the communities of Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Fintry Delta, Valley of the Sun and La Casa Resort. He’s a retired former Assistant Chief who was in charge of Training with the Saanich Fire Department.

Regional District of Central Okanagan Fire and Inspection Services Manager Dan Wildeman says, “We are pleased for the community and the department that Doug has agreed to continue as the interim Fire Chief in light of the recent resignation of the long serving former Chief Wayne Carson. He served the community for many, many years and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Wildeman adds, “Residents served by the North Westside department can rest assured that their safety and protection needs are being met. The commitment, dedication and morale of fire department members remains strong and in the past few months there have been a number of additional residents come forward to join the department. We’re pleased to see these new and returning members step up and they’re receiving training to serve their neighbours medical first response and fire emergency needs.”

The Regional District, which is responsible for the paid-on-call North Westside Fire/Rescue department has begun the process of finding a Permanent Chief.

It also provides medical first response and fire protection services through paid-on-call departments for the Ellison, Joe Rich and Wilson’s Landing Fire Protection Districts.


Contact:

Bruce Smith
Communications Officer
250-469-6339

Source: RDCO What's New

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.pdf icon September 12, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

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019 - Electoral Area Fire Prevention
Departmental restructuring resulted in the elimination of the Fire Services Manager position. Effective April 2013, Dan Wildeman was hired as the new Fire and Inspections Manager and will oversee both the Fire Services and Building Inspection Departments. Monies from the Ministry of Forests were recently received for the RDCO paid on call fire departments' response to the Trepanier Fire of September 2012. Operations and Operational Guidelines are currently under review for the paid on call fire departments. Part-time assistant has been assigned to the backlog of data entry into FDM. As part of the Regional Rescue Review process, fire departments in the Districts of Peachland, Lake Country and West Kelowna, as well as RD paid on call fire depts will be submitting a list of services preferred to be provided by the Regional Rescue in the respective service areas. Training records are currently being updated and training levels reviewed. The intent is to establish a common training level between all RDCO paid on call fire departments to allow seamless response to mutual aid incidents.
To mitigate risk, the departments are being made aware of liability issues and the impact of Bill C45 (criminal liability) and criminal code 271 (sexual assault) as it relates to the fire service. Thirteen burn permits were issued for properties on June Springs Rd and Lakeshore Rd. These properties are outside of a fire protection area, but still under RDCO jurisdiction. As these properties are not covered under either the RDCO Fire Prevention Bylaw or Smoke Control Bylaw, the RDCO will no longer be issuing permits to the property owners due to the lack of authority to enforce the bylaws. Burn permits issued within the fire protection areas totaled 249 from January 1 to June 30.

023 - North Westside Volunteer Fire / Rescue Department
Surplus will be reflected in revenues due to the Ministry of Forests Office reimbursement re: 2012 Trepanier Fire firefighter salaries and equipment usage. As in the past, excess funds will be budgeted to be transferred to reserves. Callouts for the 2nd quarter were not available due to restructuring of the fire department. The majority of callouts to March 31, 40% (8 out of 20) were for Medical First Response. Five percent of callouts for the first quarter (1 out of 20) are outside of fire protection area limits. The two new Fire Trucks, Engine 101 and Engine 102 arrived at the fire department on May 4, 2013 and are valued at over $620,000. The two engines were acquired without the need for financing as property owners within the North Westside Fire Protection District approved a referendum in 2005 for a parcel tax of $50 a year over five years, in order to build reserve funds for purchasing fire equipment.
Boathouse construction at Killiney Beach Park is scheduled for September as the necessary environmental approvals and waterfront licenses were finalized in late February. The waterfront building contract was awarded to Burton Marine and Pile Driving Incorporated. Equipment purchases to June 30 include three 4" valve water thiefs and 12 Scott Pack Alert SE + Pass alarm: There were 51 burn permits issued to June 30. Outdoor burning ended April 30 although local fire chiefs have the authority to shorten or extend the season, based on the fire hazard and weather conditions. Effective August 2, interim Fire Chief Doug Gardiner was appointed by the RDCO to provide coverage during an approved leave of absence by Fire Chief Wayne Carson.

024 - Wilson's Landing Volunteer Fire Department
Fire Chief Robert Baker was unanimously appointed effective January 1, 2013. Seventeen percent of the callouts were outside of the fire protection area (1 out of 6). Of the 6 callouts, 2 were for motor vehicle accidents and 2 were for alarms. Sixteen burn permits were issued for the period January 1 to June 30. Outdoor burning ended April 30 although local fire chiefs have the authority to shorten or extend the season, based on the fire hazard and weather conditions. The opportunity to practice multiple skills (entries, ventilation, defensive firefighting, working with portable pumps, etc) and view practical demonstration of the development and spread of fire through a structure arose when Camp Owassi requested the department's assistance with the demolition of a wooden camp structure. During the first quarter, the Truck Replacement Committee completed its work regarding specifications of the Mini Pumper replacement.

030 - Regional Rescue Service
Regional Dispatch processed 7,293 calls to June 30, 2013. This is a 13% decrease in volume compared to 8,247 calls processed to June 30, 2012. All Dispatch Standards were met to June 30, 2013: 97% of 9-1-1 calls answered in less than 15 seconds (standard is 95%), 99% of 9-1-1 calls answered in less than 40 seconds, 96% of calls processed within 35 seconds (standard is 95%) and 94.5% of calls dispatched within 60 seconds. The EOC was activated four times (level 1) during the first half of 2013, to support a natural gas leak in West Kelowna, the McDougall Creek flooding on April 5, the Jackson Court landslide on April 8, and the Mission Creek flooding June 20 and June 21. The EOC was also active on June 22 for the flooding at the 11200 block of Highway 33 when a Local State of Emergency was issued. To June 30,2013 the Regional Emergency Program activated the Emergency Support Services (ESS) ten times and provided support for 107 adults and 11 children that were displaced. ESS members took part in 9 RCMP briefings on ESS role in emergency preparedness. Fifteen ESS volunteers were recognized for a combined 185 years of service to the community. The Regional Flood Plan was updated. Forty-four students from across the region were trained to EOC level 1. The Emergency Program continues to support recovery activities from spring freshet. Emergency Operations Centre Public Information Website www.cordemergency.ca had over 1200 subscribers at May 2, 2013. Central Okanagan Search and Rescue community activities included White Rabbit snowshoe races at Crystal Mountain and Kelowna Ski to Sea. COSAR volunteer hours totaled 4,923 for the first half of 2013, a 25% increase over 2012 volunteer hours which totaled 3,698 at June 30. Five year Central Okanagan Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement was signed by all fire departments in the region, replacing the 2008 agreement with the current costs of providing various fire equipment and services. As part of the Regional Rescue Review process, fire departments in the Districts of Peachland, lake Country and West Kelowna, as well as RD paid on call fire depts will be submitting a list of services preferred to be provided by the Regional Rescue in the respective service areas. Emergency Preparedness Week was May 5th to 11 th. New updated emergency plan for McKinley Landing residents was completed in collaboration with the McKinley landing Residents Association. Trader's Cove neighbourhood emergency plan update is in progress. Flood Watch for the Mission Creek watershed issued May 12 ended on May 14. The Local State of Emergency issued at the request of Emergency Management of BC on June 22 to protect infrastructure along Mission Creek was removed June 28. Emergency Mgmt BC has approved the funding for the project that will see the collection of man-made residual debris downstream from the infrastructure. New for the 2013 fire season, the Emergency Management Program issued picture identification cards with bar code clearance information strips to anyone who may be required to enter or work in an active Emergency Operations Centre.

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6. Finance & Administrative Services

6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report - Year-to-date June 30, 2013

The quarterly measures report, year-to-date June 30, 2013, Executive Summary was presented for information. Staff highlighted areas of note including:
• At the end of June budgets are on track. Budget revision will come forward in regards to capital costs.
• Restructuring of staff has occurred - existing and new staff.
• Trepanier Fire - paid on call reimbursement has been received from Ministry of Forests. Surplus has been reflected in revenues. The past practice is to top up paid on call wages to $30 for incident and budget remainder into reserves. Reimbursement is reflective of what other fire departments are paid for response. The question was raised whether it sets a precedent to reimburse paid-on-call at this rate? The question was raised whether the Board need to approve a policy change or is this administrative in nature? Staff noted this is within the existing budget. Need to be consistent across other communities, staff to confirm that it is consistent in the region.

OPHUS/ZIMMERMANN
THAT staff provide a report to the Board on the policy for reimbursement of paid on call emergency response for fires such as the Trepanier Fire, confirming the practice for reimbursement is consistent in the region.

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• June Springs and Lakeshore Road - RDCO no longer issuing burn permits.
It was unclear as to why burning permits would no longer be issued to property owners in June Springs and Lakeshore Road as they are within the RDCO boundaries. There is an agreement for the City of Kelowna Fire Department to respond to fires in these two areas.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT staff confirm whether burning permits are being issued to property owners in June Springs and Lakeshore Fire District areas.

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.pdf icon September 12, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

8.1 Rise & Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of September 12, 2013

a) Quarterly Program Measures Report - Year-to-date - June 30, 2013 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

It was agreed that staff will review and revise the format of the quarterly measures report which is presented to the Governance & Services Committee quarterly.

BASRAN/GIVEN
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures report, year-to-date July 30, 2013 be received for information;

AND THAT staff provide a report to the Board on the policy for reimbursement of paid on call emergency response for fires such as the Trepanier Fire, confirming the practice for reimbursement is consistent in the region;
AND FURTHER THAT staff confirm whether burning permits are being issued to property owners in June Springs and Lakeshore Fire District areas.

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Larger area for Westside fire crew
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - August 30, 2013

North Westside firefighters have more territory to cover.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan board has agreed to extend the North Westside fire protection boundary to include 190 hectares.

“It’s within the eight kilometre distance from the Shorts Creek fire hall,” said director Jim Edgson of the property which six kilometres south of La Casa on Westside Road.

“We have the equipment to handle it and once the boat house is completed this fall, we will be able to use that equipment (fire boat) too.”

RDCO directors made the decision to extend the boundary after a request was received from the land owner.

The property consists of a home and some ancillary buildings, and Edgson says there are no development plans.

The boundary extension includes a financial arrangement to cover the cost of fire protection.

“He (owner) contributed already ahead of time and will also be taxed at the same rate as everyone else,” said Edgson.

The current annual operation and maintenance costs for the North Westside Fire Department are $80.35 per year for $100,000 of assessed value.

RDCO’s bylaw authorizes a maximum of up to $135 per $100,000 assessment per year.

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.pdf icon August 26, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about Item 6.2 Completion Of Fuel Management Project Rose Valley Prescription 2010

Fire District Boundary Extended

The Regional Board has adopted a bylaw amendment to extend the boundary of the North Westside Fire Protection District. One property owner with five parcels totalling approximately 190-hectares petitioned the Regional District to have those properties receive fire protection and will contribute towards the cost of providing fire services from the North Westside Fire Department. The properties are located several kilometres south of the existing fire district boundary which ends at La Casa resort.

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.2 Union of BC Municipalities re: Completion of Fuel Management Project
(Rose Valley Prescription 2010) for information only (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/OPHUS
THAT the correspondence from the UBCM regarding completion of the fuel management program (Rose Valley Prescription 2010) be received for information.

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7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

7.1 RDCO North Westside Road Fire Protection Local Service Area Establishment and Expansion Amendment Bylaw No. 1330, 2013, Adoption (Unweighted Vote - All Directors)

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT RDCO North Westside Road Fire Protection Local Service Area Establishment and Expansion Amendment Bylaw No. 1330, 2013 be adopted this 26th day of August 2013.

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Fire Services:

9.6 RDCO North Westside Road Fire Protection Local Service Area Establishment and Expansion Amendment Bylaw No. 1330, 2013, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (Unweighted Vote - All Directors)

EDGSON/OPHUS
THAT RDCO North Westside Road Fire Protection Local Service Area Establishment and Expansion Amendment Bylaw No, 1330, 2013 be given first, second and third readings this 29th day of July 2013.

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Fire chief controversy
July 26, 2013 - Global News

http://globalnews.ca/video/745219/fire-chief-controversy

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Fire hall dispute smoulders
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - July 24, 2013

North Westside Road residents are demanding to know what is going on at the fire hall.

The North Westside Communities Association is urging residents to contact the Regional District of Central Okanagan about fire chief Wayne Carson not being on duty.

“Many of you are asking, ‘What’s going on with the fire department?’ You’re asking each other, you’re asking me and you’re asking members of the fire department,” said Marsali MacIver, NWCA president, in a letter to the membership.

“The problem is that none of us actually knows what has transpired.”

Carson, who has been chief for 19 years, was suspended by the regional district for three days in June.

He returned to duties after the suspension but a leave of absence began July 8. RDCO has stated Carson requested the leave but Carson has denied that.

No details about the suspension or leave have been provided as RDCO says the matter deals with personnel and is confidential.

In a related matter, both assistant chief Bob Andrews and training officer Johane Andrews resigned July 4 to express concern about the regional district.

“At our board of directors meeting, the directors decided to put forward this letter of support for those hardworking, volunteer firefighters and medical first responders who have faithfully and professionally come to the aid of so many members of our community over so many years,” said MacIver.

“We, as an association, fully support the work done by our fire department and wish to express that support in the strongest possible terms. We are very concerned that the events that have transpired have eroded the morale of the volunteers in our fire department and will have a negative impact on community safety.”

Jim Edgson, North Westside’s RDCO director, insists there has been open communication with residents.

“We are not keeping people in the dark. The regional district is working with the fire department out here (to ensure operations),” he said, adding that an acting chief has been hired.

“We are making sure we are telling them everything we can.”

Edgson says that under provincial legislation, labour matters can not be disclosed for the protection of both the local government and the employee.

“We are following all legal practises,” he said.

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Edgson avoids fire hall debate
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - July 21, 2013

A North Westside official insists he is not getting in the middle of a conflict at the fire hall.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has hired an interim fire chief because longtime chief Wayne Carson is on leave.

“How this came about is between Wayne Carson and regional district management and it’s a personnel matter,” said director Jim Edgson, adding that elected officials do not get involved in staffing issues.

RDCO has stated Carson requested a leave of absence while Carson has stated that’s not the case. No reasons for the leave have been provided.

Carson, who has been chief for 19 years, was suspended by the regional district for three days in June. The details for the suspension have also never been made public.

Carson believes he will return as chief but he is not sure when that may occur.

Doug Gardiner, a retired assistant chief with Saanich for 27 years, has been named North Westside’s interim chief.

“I am very happy an experienced person is coming in at this difficult time,” said Edgson.

“My only concern is always the safety of the community and that this fire department continues to do an excellent job.”

When asked if the situation with Carson can be resolved, Edgson said, “Both the regional district and I hope for that.”

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North Westside chief disputes absence
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - July 19, 2013

Uncertainty continues to swirl around the North Westside Fire Department.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan says longtime chief Wayne Carson has requested a leave of absence but Carson disagrees with that description of the situation.

“The word ‘requested’ wasn’t mine. I did not request a leave,” he said.

Carson, who has been chief for 19 years, was suspended by the regional district for three days in June. The details for the suspension have never been made public.

While he was back on duty after the suspension, Carson says his leave began July 8.

“I wish I could tell the community everything,” he said.

“There are some issues going on in the fire department and I hope we can find a solution that is best for the department and the community.”

When asked about his future, Carson says, “As far as I know, I will be returning but I don’t have a date on it.”

RDCO has announced that in Carson’s absence, Doug Gardiner has been named interim chief.

Gardiner is a retired assistant chief and training officer, who served in Saanich for 27 years.

“Dedicated members of North Westside Fire Rescue continue to assist their neighbours by answering calls for medical first response and fire emergencies,” said Dan Wildeman, RDCO’s fire services manager.

“This temporary placement will ensure going into this potentially busy summer fire season that an experienced professional is in place to provide the leadership, training and mentoring for those dedicated paid-on-call fire department members who are committed to serving their community.”

Wildeman says senior officers with the department suggested that a retired professional chief be considered for this temporary role to ensure community safety and management.

RDCO has stated that any questions about Carson are confidential because they deal with personnel matters.

A deputy chief and training officer resigned after Carson was suspended.

The president of the North Westside Ratepayers Association is not concerned about the situation at the fire department.

“We have to have trust in our new fire services manager,” said Diane Baldwin.

“They (RDCO) have come in and made some changes.”

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Interim chief for North Westside fire
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Kelowna - Story: 95220 - Jul 17, 2013

A new interim Fire Chief has been named by the Regional District of Central Okanagan to serve residents in the North Westside Fire Protection District.

Effective August 2, 2013, Doug Gardiner will, on a temporary basis, take over the chief’s duties for the paid on-call department serving the communities of Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Fintry Delta, Valley of the Sun and La Casa Resort.

This interim appointment is needed to provide coverage during a leave of absence that was requested by and approved for Chief Wayne Carson.

Gardiner is a retired Assistant Chief Training Officer having served 27 years with the Saanich Fire Department.

He has extensive credentials as a professional firefighter, is experienced with Marine Rescue and has worked during his lengthy career with paid-on-call fire departments.

“We want all residents of the fire district to know that the safety and needs of their community are paramount," says Regional District Fire and Inspection Services Manager Dan Wildeman.

"Dedicated members of North Westside Fire Rescue continue to assist their neighbours by answering calls for medical first response and fire emergencies.”

Wildeman adds, “This temporary placement will ensure going into this potentially busy summer fire season that an experienced professional is in place to provide the leadership, training and mentoring for those dedicated paid-on-call fire department members who are committed to serving their community.”

Senior officers with the department suggested that a retired professional fire chief be considered for this temporary role to ensure community safety and management of the fire department.

No reason was given for Carson's request for a leave of absence.

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Interim chief at North Westside fire hall
By Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star - July 18, 2013

A new interim fire chief has been named by the Regional District of Central Okanagan to serve residents in the North Westside Road area.

Effective Aug. 2, 2013, Doug Gardiner will, on a temporary basis, take over the chief’s duties after a leave of absence was requested by chief Wayne Carson.

Carson, who has been chief for 19 years, was suspended by the regional district for three days in June. The details for the suspension have never been made public.

Gardiner is a retired assistant chief training officer who served 27 years with the Saanich Fire Department.

Look for more details in Friday's Morning Star.

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New Interim Fire Chief for North Westside Fire Rescue

A new interim Fire Chief has been named by the Regional District of Central Okanagan to serve residents in the North Westside Fire Protection District.

Effective August 2nd, 2013, Doug Gardiner will, on a temporary basis, take over the chief’s duties for the paid on-call department serving the communities of Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Fintry Delta, Valley of the Sun and La Casa Resort. This interim appointment is needed to provide coverage during a leave of absence that was requested by and approved for Chief Wayne Carson.

Gardiner is a retired Assistant Chief Training Officer having served 27 years with the Saanich Fire Department. He has extensive credentials as a professional firefighter, is experienced with Marine Rescue and has worked during his lengthy career with paid-on call fire departments.

Regional District Fire and Inspection Services Manager Dan Wildeman says, “We want all residents of the fire district to know that the safety and needs of their community are paramount. Dedicated members of North Westside Fire Rescue continue to assist their neighbours by answering calls for medical first response and fire emergencies.”

Wildeman adds, “This temporary placement will ensure going into this potentially busy summer fire season that an experienced professional is in place to provide the leadership, training and mentoring for those dedicated paid-on-call fire department members who are committed to serving their community.”

Senior officers with the department suggested that a retired professional fire chief be considered for this temporary role to ensure community safety and management of the fire department.

(July 17, 2013)

Source:  RDCO What's New

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Contract issued for North Westside fire boat building
By Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star - July 09, 2013

By early fall, a new waterfront building will be in place to house the North Westside Fire Department’s fire boat and mobile marine water supply.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has awarded a $73,000 contract for the detailed design and construction of the new boathouse, which will be accessed in the southern portion of Killiney Beach Park.

“Staff has spent much of the past year documenting and making the applications for the boathouse, obtaining the necessary environmental approvals and waterfront licenses from the province,” said Bruce Smith, communications officer.

“Once the last of these permissions was received in late February, staff began laying out the criteria required for designing and building the structure. Regional parks services also gave its approval to locate the boathouse in a section of the community park.”

Burton Marine and Pile Driving has been selected as the contractor following a request for proposal process.

The contract includes a full two-year warranty on all materials and work performed in construction of the boathouse.

“Work is scheduled to begin on construction in early September with substantial completion expected by the first week of October,” said Smith.

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North Westside Fire Rescue Boathouse Contract Awarded

By early fall, a new waterfront building will be in place to house the North Westside Fire Rescue fire boat and mobile marine water supply.

The Regional District has awarded a contract for the detailed design and construction of the new boathouse, which will be easily accessed in the southern portion of Killiney Beach Community Park.

Regional District staff has spent much of the past year documenting and making the applications for the boathouse, obtaining the necessary environmental approvals and waterfront licenses from the Province. Once the last of these permissions was received in late February, staff began laying out the criteria required for designing and building the structure. Regional Parks Services also gave its approval to locate the boathouse in a section of the community park.

Burton Marine and Pile Driving Incorporated has been selected as the contractor following a Request for Proposal process conducted in accordance with the Regional District Purchasing Policy. The contract includes a full two year warranty on all materials and work performed in construction of the boathouse.

Work is scheduled to begin on construction in early September with substantial completion expected by the first week of October.

(July 9 , 2013)

Source: RDCO's What's New webpage

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Seen this on NWFR facebook page

It's been a sad day for both Bob Andrews and myself, Johane Andrews. We've both sent in our Letters of Resignation today. After a month of being in the dark, yesterday evening Wayne finally spoke to us to say that we were to meet, individ...ually, with him and Dan Wildeman from Regional District to discuss a matter of discipline. And since the only thing that we could have possibly done wrong was hold a Community Open House, we both find this whole situation unacceptable. A bit harsh? Especially since Dan Wildeman emailed me and said that he was welcoming the opportunity? I will be publishing more information for anyone who is interested, including the Letters of Resignation that Bob and I wrote.See More
The black shirt is mine...Captain and Training Officer. The black shirt is Bob's...Assistant Chief. We have both handed in our Letters of Resignation today. Stay posted for further updates.


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Letter of Resignation: Bob Andrews

Chief Carson:

Thank you for inviting me to your home to let me know that the Fire Services Manager Dan Wildeman has asked you to arrange a meeting to discuss a matter of discipline. Since I am the only person to be at this meeting, besides you and Mr. Wildeman, it is reasonable to assume I will be the subject of this dismissal.

I feel there is nothing to be... gained from this meeting since Mr. Wildeman attended an officers meeting on June 28 and would not provide any answers in regards to why you had been suspended for three days. This was because personal matters are held in confidentiality and cannot be discussed.

The person named to the Acting Chief position by the Mr. Wildeman for the duration of your suspension was Lieutenant Satterthwaite. This action contravenes a normal chain of command which would have the Assistant Chief assume that role in your absence. That person is me and I was available for the duration of your suspension. In case I was not available the next person would be the Training Officer, Captain Andrews, and that person also was not selected. The next person, Captain Greenwood, was in Vancouver and therefore unavailable to assume the role.

Mr. Wildeman stated that he asked for two names to be put forward for Acting Chief. He stated in front of the officers that the only two names submitted belonged to Lt Satterthwaite and Lt Groot. I questioned him on that statement and he repeated that Chief Carson gave him those two names only. In my conversation with you, you stated that the names were, in fact, submitted in the normal chain of command procedure. Mr. Wildeman then stated that the Assistant Chief and the Training Officer were not to be considered for the Acting Chief position.

Therefore Mr. Wildeman has lied to the officers of the department about the selection procedure. Two names were in fact submitted before the Lieutenant positions were submitted. If he is willing to misinform all of the officers in this matter, then I feel any information he provides henceforth is to be questioned on its truthfulness.

I feel that the North Westside Fire Rescue is not receiving the promised support from the Regional District of Central Okanagan, and I have no faith it will be forthcoming under the present Fire Services Manager and the supervisors of the organization that will suspend a Fire Chief of nineteen years and then not follow well established chain of command procedures. I phoned Mr. Jim Edgson, the elected representative of our district, and left a message on his answering machine. I asked to have him please phone me in regards to the suspension, and I left a contact phone number. Mr. Edgeson has not returned the phone call.

I therefore submit my resignation as the Assistant Chief as of 1500 hours 04 July 2013.

C.R. Andrews
Assistant Chief

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Letter of Resignation: Johane Andrews

Chief Wayne Carson:

As of today, 4th July 2013, I submit my Letter of Resignation. Since the Open House that Bob and I hosted on May 30, 2013, it has become apparent that Regional District no longer supports us as initially indicated by Dan Wildeman in his letter to me dated 24 April (also addressed to Chris Radford and Jim Edgson). This was made dramatically clear to us the Tuesday evening that Dan Wildeman announced to our firefighters that we were not even considered for the Acting Chief position, although we both had far more seniority then Lieutenant Jason Satterthwaite, with only an excuse of "Personnel Reasons" for explanation.

Thank you for your time yesterday evening when you stated that we were being asked to meet with Dan Wildeman and you. As the above makes clear, I am assuming that this request you have made is for the purpose of a reprimand followed by dismissal. As a paid on-call firefighter who puts in far more hours than what I am paid, as a firefighter with an impeccable record with our fire department and perhaps most importantly, as a firefighter who held an Open House under the clear go-ahead of both the Regional District as well as the Director, I fully believe that this requested meeting is unfair and out of line.

Because both the Regional District and the Director have implicitly provided us with the go ahead for this meeting, I feel that I can no longer trust them to do what is what is best for North Westside Fire Rescue as well as for our community. They all have made it abundantly clear that they are unwilling to support us.

Thank you Chief Carson for the many wonderful years at NWFR. You have made our Fire Department one of the most outstanding in BC!

It is with great sadness that I hand in this Letter of Resignation.

Johane Andrews, Capt
Training Officer
NWFR

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NWFR posted this comment

I'm going to go on a limb today and state why Wayne had to "discipline" us and we chose to resign...we held a Community Open House on May 30 to let our community have an opportunity to find out what Regional District had in store for our fire department. And, on April 24, this is what Dan Wildeman emailed me: "I would welcome the opportunity to attend and assist with your Open House. My email and... contact information is attached below. Looking forward to meeting, any concerns please don’t hesitate to drop me a line or call." This email also was addressed to Chris Radford (CAO) and Jim Edgson (our Director). They had almost a month to approach us and tell us that they didn't agree with this Open House. And, what I had was a PowerPoint presentation showing the awesome projects that our fire department and our community accomplished in the past. Then I provided those present an opportunity to ask Dan Wildeman questions. They were excellent questions, and my guess is that Dan Wildeman wasn't too pleased that the community wasn't impressed with the direction that Regional District was taking. But for Dan Wildeman and Chris Radford to agree to attend this meeting, and then to force Wayne to discipline us and fire us, isn't that overkill and extremely unfair? It took the act of Wayne's 3-day suspension to do as he was told because it's something he didn't agree with at all. But his job was on the line...what option did he have???

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Source: NWFR on Facebook

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North Westside fire chief suspended
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - June 26, 2013

Wayne Carson has been suspended as North Westside Fire Department chief until Friday.


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Conflict is smouldering within the North Westside Fire Department.

Wayne Carson, who has been chief for 19 years, was suspended by the Regional District of Central Okanagan Tuesday.

“I have been told I’m not to go on regional district property for three days,” he said.

“As of Friday, I am chief of North Westside Fire Rescue. I have been told I am back then.”

Carson, who is a paid, full-time chief, would not provide details as to why he has been suspended.

“There’s really nothing I can say at this moment,” he said.

RDCO officials met with North Westside firefighters Tuesday to discuss the situation.

In support of Carson, deputy chief Bob Andrews and training officer Johane Andrews turned in their pagers and they will return to duties Friday.

“We trust him 100 per cent and for him not to be able to work shows something is wrong and we’re concerned about the community and the fire department,” said Johane Andrews.

There have been some concerns about decisions made at RDCO and implications for the fire service, so in May, the Andrews held a public open house.

“It appears that this (suspension) is somewhat a result of that,” said Johane Andrews.

Carson is urging the volunteer force to remain intact.

“The last thing any fire department can afford is members resigning. Recruitment and retention of members is important,” he said.

Carson says he continues to have confidence in the firefighting service although he is temporarily absent.

“They (crew) are responding to calls,” he said.

RDCO confirms Carson has been suspended and he will return to paid duties Friday at 9 a.m.

“It’s a personnel issue so we are keeping details in confidence,” said Bruce Smith, communications officer.

“The department is not losing its career chief. The regional district remains committed to that position.”

Smith also points out that all but two (the Andrews) of the 24 volunteer firefighters are prepared for emergencies.

“The regional district can assure residents that there is no impact on fire and first medical responder response to the community.”

Jim Edgson, North Westside electoral area director, says he has not been involved in Carson’s suspension.

“This is a management issue,” said Edgson.

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.pdf icon June 13, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There is nothing mentioned in the Highlights about Item 9.2 Regional Emergency Services Function

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There doesn't seem to be any agenda or audio about Item 9.2 Regional Emergency Services Function?  Also I can't find any Audio, Agenda or Minutes about the March 28, 2013 meeting so sent an email July 14, 2013 to RDCO asking them to post it.

.pdf icon June 13, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 9.2 Regional Emergency Services Function

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There doesn't seem to be any audio about Item 9.2 Regional Emergency Services Function?  Also I can't find any Audio, Agenda or Minutes about the March 28, 2013 meeting so sent an email July 14, 2013 to RDCO asking them to post it.

.pdf icon June 13, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

9.2 Regional Emergency Services Function

The Regional Board at its' March 28, 2013 meeting adopted the following resolution:

"THAT the Regional Board agrees in principle with the Regional Emergency Services Oversight Committee (RESOC) determination of non-core versus core services as per the matrix in Table 1 included in the March 8, 2013 report and the governance, service delivery and management allocations between the RDCO and member municipalities included as Table 2 in the report;
AND THAT the RESOC meet with and direct the Regional Emergency Services Committee (RESC) to bring a recommendation for planning and implementation of non-core service changes and core service changes (except Fire Dispatch and Emergency Program Management) reflecting the principles in Table 1 and 2 to the RESOC by April 30, 2013;
AND THAT RDCO staff be directed to review Fire Dispatch Services and report back to RESOC by June 30, 2013 on potential opportunities for greater efficiencies through issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) or contract
changes;
AND THAT RDCO staff be directed to review and report back to the RESOC by June 30, 2013 on potential opportunities for greater efficiencies in the provision of Emergency Program Management Services;
AND THAT the RESC be directed to review and report back to the RESOC by June 30, 2013 on potential opportunities for greater efficiencies in the provision of Marine Rescue;
AND THAT Emergency Program Bylaw No. 635 be reviewed and rewritten to reflect changes subsequent to its adoption in May 1995;
AND FURTHER THAT any changes to service delivery being undertaken in 2013 will reflect the RDCO's 2013 Financial Plan funding allocation finalized on March 28, 2013."

Staff will be meeting with RESOC and reporting back to the Board in due course.

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There doesn't seem to be any agenda or audio about Item 9.2 Regional Emergency Services Function?  Also I can't find any Audio, Agenda or Minutes about the March 28, 2013 meeting so sent an email July 14, 2013 to RDCO asking them to post it.

RDCO held this meeting in Camera and so no information about it was released.

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.pdf icon May 9, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement

The Regional Board has approved Regional District participation in a Central Okanagan Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement. All fire departments in the region have signed onto this five year agreement which allows the provision of and cost recovery for emergency resources, when requested by another participating fire department. It replaces the previous agreement signed in 2008 and reflects the current costs of providing various fire equipment and services.

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.pdf icon May 9, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Marine Rescue Boat Replacement (Peachland Fireboat)

.pdf icon Item 6.2 Regional Mutual Aid Agreement Renewal

.pdf icon Item 4.2 Amendment April 11 2013 Minutes (911)

*Note* this is only a snippet, please click links above for entire content

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board endorses the replacement of the marine rescue vessel located in Peachland.

Purpose: To ensure that marine rescue service remains consistent throughout the Central Okanagan and that rescue personnel continue to be supplied with safe equipment and resources to provide the service.

OkanaganLakeBC.ca says: Mayor Walter Grey suggested that a tax be added to cover marine rescue.

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.pdf icon May 9, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6. COMMUNITY SERVICES

6.1 Replacement of MR21 (Marine Rescue Boat located in Peachland) Regional Rescue Program (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated April 27, 2013 outlined the RDCO regional rescue marine rescue boat which is located in Peachland has been identified as a critical piece of infrastructure that requires replacement and has been identified and planned in the 2012 & 2013 capital plan, Although identified at $200,000 (at a higher level of service), the preliminary budget for a similar boat as to what is currently in operation would be in the range of $100,000, The anticipated delivery of the boat would be nine months after confirmation of purchase.

Subsequent to the Board report, staff today also requested endorsement to move forward with the other capital expenses identified and approved in the 2013 regional rescue budget including:

EOC computers - $25,000;
DWK Auto extrication package - $40,100;
boat shed - $15,038 and
equipment - $18,546.

The Board had previously requested budgeted capital items be on hold until the service review has been completed.

In discussion, it was noted that regardless of any possible marine rescue efficiencies a Peachland based boat will still be required. The question was raised as there is a window of opportunity to order the boat, and that the RDCO needs to ensure the appropriate boat is purchased (should fire suppression opportunities be considered), would it not be appropriate to have further input into the type of boat to be purchased. Technical purchasing committee, in consultation with the RESOC committee, needs to ensure the appropriate boat for the service requirements is recommended.

It was noted it would be a good idea to have a technical purchasing committee vet recommendations when purchasing emergency vehicles and equipment in the future.

FIELDING/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board endorses in principle the replacement of the marine rescue vessel located in Peachland;
AND THAT a purchasing committee be set up including the RDCO Purchasing Manager, RDCO Fire and Inspection Manager, a representative of the Peachland Fire Department and the Emergency Program Coordinator to develop the appropriate
specifications for the rescue boat and report back to the Board on its findings before proceeding with the purchase;
AND FURTHER THAT staff proceed with the purchase of the budgeted capital projects in 2013 in the amount of $99,184 (EOC computers; DWK Auto-extrication package; boat shed and equipment).

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6.2 Renewal of Central Okanagan Emergency Mutual Aid 5-Year Agreement (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated April 27, 2013 noted that all fire departments within the Central Okanagan have previously entered into a mutual aid agreement which allows for emergency resources to be provided by parties outside the fire protection boundaries of the party who requested emergency resources. This is a renewal of the agreement.

STACK/OPHUS
THAT the Regional Board approves participation in the Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon May 9, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about flooding at the Muttitt property motion

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.pdf icon May 9, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon There was nothing in the Agenda about the flooding motion for the Muttitt property

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.pdf icon May 9, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

7. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS.

7.1 Report from the Governance & Services Committee Meeting of May 9, 2013

Flooding Update by the EGC Coordinator, J. Brolund

Concern was expressed during Jason Brolund's update of the current flooding situation at the earlier Governance & Services Committee meeting that the provincial ministries may not necessarily agree with our Emergency Management Team and proactively react to what we may consider to be an imminent danger to the environment. In 2012, a business case had been
developed ('Kelowna Clause') regarding flood issues at the bridge on Lakeshore Road within Kelowna. The question was raised whether it would be possible for staff to work with the Province to develop a business case for the Muttitt property. The property owner has not taken responsibility for protecting their property from the potential of flooding which has flooded several times over the last number of years. The Province has communicated at this time it does not believe there is imminent environmental impact to Mission Creek or the Hwy 33 bridge should the house or the debris on the property be swept into the flood waters. As the Province does not consider this to be an imminent threat it has not enacted emergency measures under the Environmental Management Act.

EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board direct staff to meet with provincial staff to determine if a business case can be developed for a solution for the Muttitt property and the potential danger to the Mission Creek and the bridge on Hwy 33.

CARRIED

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North Westside Fire Rescue Receives New Trucks

This weekend will be a busy one for members of the North Westside Fire Rescue Department.

Officers and fire-fighters will be spending time Saturday and Sunday getting to know and training on the department’s two new engine trucks.

The trucks, valued at more than $300,000 each, were purchased through the Regional District after an extensive Request for Proposal process which saw Winnipeg-based Fort Garry Fire Trucks awarded the contract, providing the best overall value for ratepayers within the fire department service area and quality of specialized fire protection vehicles.

Regional District Fire and Inspection Services Manager Dan Wildeman says “One truck will be located at the main Station 101 hall off Udell Road while the other will be housed at the Short’s Creek Station 102 hall. The new engines will help the fire district maintain its fire underwriters dwelling protection standard benefitting homeowners.”

Fire Chief Wayne Carson adds, “The new engines will fit in well with the department’s existing apparatus and will serve the first responder and fire protection needs of the community for the next 20 years. Some of the new features offered on the engines include a front bumper mounted monitor that allows water to be directed while the vehicle is moving and an automatic built-in foam tank that allows fire suppressing foam to be applied with water. There’s also a one inch fast attack hose mounted on the truck for a quick response to small fires.”

The trucks are equipped with four wheel drive and instant chains providing optimum traction in various road conditions and come with a 1,050 gallon per minute pump.

The two engines were acquired without the need for financing as property owners within the North Westside Fire Protection District approved a referendum in 2005 for a parcel tax of $50 a year over five years, in order to build reserve funds for purchasing fire equipment.

(May 2, 2013)

Source RDCO What's New

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Central Okanagan Emergency Services Dispatch Initiative

Recent enhancements have been made to further help emergency services respond to 9-1-1 calls for help in the North Westside Road area.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan, its emergency response agencies and telecommunication partners have created a more detailed geographic database to help with their emergency response in the Westside Road areas including Westshore Estates, Fintry and Killiney Beach.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “We’ve recently introduced a new geographical area for the Central Okanagan 9-1-1 database, providing detailed clarification for emergency responders in the more rural area communities along the north end of Westside Road within the Central Okanagan. This designation will help first responder call takers, dispatch units with clarified address location information.”

Smith adds, “The 9-1-1 partners and stakeholders have been working for many years to improve and enhance emergency response across the Central Okanagan and will continue to do so. This is just the latest initiative to help emergency first responders get to the scene, where they’re needed, as quickly as possible.”

With Emergency Services Dispatch Week underway April 8th to 14th, all the 9-1-1 primary and secondary service providers encourage residents to know what they need to do, in the event they have to call 9-1-1.

Smith says, “Everyone calling 9-1-1 should try to remain calm and answer all the questions asked by the call taker. Helping the call taker understand your situation and help you with your emergency will assist in getting the appropriate first responder to you as quickly as possible. Be as detailed as you can in providing address and location information especially for those in rural areas and using wireless phones.

In addition, post addresses and phone numbers in large print on or near the phone to help children and visitors in an emergency. And ensure house numbers are clearly displayed or posted at the end of your driveway to help identify your location.

If you should inadvertently dial 9-1-1, do not hang up. Tell the operator the call was made by mistake and there isn’t an emergency. This saves the operator having to call you back to confirm that there isn’t an emergency or possibly wasting valuable resources by dispatching help when it isn’t required.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan provides initial 9-1-1 call response services to nine regional districts throughout the BC Interior, prior to transferring calls to the appropriate first responder agency (Police, Fire or BC Ambulance).

(April 8, 2013)

Source RDCO What's New

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.pdf icon December 10, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Renewed Fire Services Agreement

The Regional Board has authorized the renewal of a five year fire services agreement with the City of Kelowna. The City pays an annual fee to the Regional District for fire services provided by the Ellison Fire Department to properties in the Country
Rhodes strata, which has been within the city boundary since 2006.

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.pdf icon December 10, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

.pdf icon December 10, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Statutory Board Meeting Minutes

Fire Services

8.2 Approval of Fire Services Agreement with the City of Kelowna for Country Rhodes (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated December 3, 2012 outlined that in 2006, the City of Kelowna extended its boundaries to include Country Rhodes. Prior to the boundary expansion, the Country Rhodes Strata Corporation received fire protection from the RDCO Ellison Fire Department. The City of Kelowna has agreed that the RDCO will continue to provide first-response fire protective services as a contracted service to the City. The City at its option, may wish to dispatch staff and equipment to supplement the service being provided by the RDCO Ellison Volunteer Fire Department. The agreement shall be for a five year term for the
period January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2016.

HANSON/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board authorizes the RDCO to enter into a Fire Service Agreement for Country Rhodes with the City of Kelowna for a five (5) year term.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 8, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Finance & Administrative Services

6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report (Year-to-Date - September 30, 2012)
Staff report dated November 1, 2012 outlined the program measures report year to- date September 30, 2012. Staff highlighted the executive summary comments.

- Corporate Services
o Recruitment process for new CAO has begun

- Waste Reduction
o Launch of paper reduction program
o Commercial waste quantities reduced by 2.8%
o Curbside collection radio frequency identification system
  • 1331 non-compliant customers identified and contacted, only 52 reoffenders
o Recycling - market downturn, budget effect

- Environmental Services
o Falcon Ridge Water - exploratory drilling for a new well
o Trepanier Bench Water - fire effects - 110 risk evident
o Leak Detection program for Westshore Water resulted in 43% reduction, and at Killiney Beach 20% of m3 pumped
o RDCO lift stations/collector systems - all pumps being investigated for deterioration
o Killiney Beach Water - reduction to scope of upgrade
o Reduced clerical staff by 0.5 FTE
o WWTP - Stage 3 design work completed.

- Information Systems
o MOU Lake Country has yet to sign the agreement. Concern regarding 2013 impact to partners if Lake Country does not sign on.

- Development Services
o School site acquisition
o Inspection Services - staff reduction
o Dog Control- review report received in October. Implementation plan will be coming forward for Board consideration.
o Noxious insect control - low complaint numbers.

- Protective Services
o Trepanier Fire
o Black Mountain grass fire
o Wilsons Land Volunteer Fire Department - volunteer fire chief leaving

- Regional Rescue
o 4 total EOC activations, 27 ESS activations
o Operation exercise - Sept 13
o Review of service is under way

- Parks Services
o Parkland acquisitions - 3 properties closed
o Mission Creek - upgrade to playground
o Trepanier Creek Greenway fire
o Bear closures
o Interpretation programs 8% increase in participants

- Crime Stoppers
o Vehicle donated to the program
o Sponsorship packages being developed
o Tips provided lead to info on two major homicides

- EDC
o Recruitment of United Airlines flights into Kelowna
o Export development - increased interest from China

- Purchasing
With the hiring of a purchasing manager, total quantifiable savings to date are $201,902, including risk reduction to RDCO, time savings for managers and staff and stronger contracts.
It was noted that the full report is in the Board's Reader file.

Discussion
-It was noted that West Kelowna is interested in receiving further information on the RFID program and staff will update Council in the future.
-West Kelowna will look at trunk lines in the near future. It's a low priority for them.
-School site acquisition - approved by the Province, developers will be required to pay a fee in the future.
-Information provided to Kelowna for review of boundary extension.
-What are the financial implications of reduced recycling and reduced income is there a way to offset costs? Staff is focusing on reduction programs (paper free program) paying less processing costs when it ends up in the recycling bins - it's the only thing that can be done to offset costs. Material is not being returned to the landfill. There is no shutdown for recyclables. The material that is recycled here is sent to relatively local markets (not China) plastics go to the Lower Mainland, paper to Washington. We can stockpile if required but there is no ability for reduced transportation costs as we use local markets. Where does the money go for electronics? The Electronics Stewardship of BC - they run the program, collecting, marketing, hauling, processing and they fund depot operations.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures report year-to-date September 30, 2012 be received for information.

CARRIED

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6.2 Briefing on 2013-2017 Financial Plan & Overview of the Process

Staff report dated October 30, 2012 outlined general impacts to consider during the 2013-2017 Financial Plan discussions. Full reporting will be completed through the budgeting process beginning in February. General impacts for 2013 were highlighted as a heads-up for the budgeting process.

BAKER/CONDON
THAT the 2013-2017 Financial Plan overview be received for information.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 8, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

No Proposed Water Feasibility Study

The Regional Board has received a report from staff on a proposed feasibility study for a water system to serve properties in the Paradise and Trepanier areas of the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. Almost two-thirds of property owners in the areas that responded to an online questionnaire did not support the idea of establishing a community domestic water system that would provide fire flows. Based on the lack of support from the community, the Board agreed not to consider a feasibility study for at least three years.

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Short-term Borrowing Bylaw

The Regional Board has approved a short-term (under five years) borrowing bylaw to finance the Stage 3 upgrade expansion of the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Up to $3-million will be borrowed through the Municipal Finance Authority, with the principal portion of the debt to be repaid at least each year and interest payable monthly. The debt repayment is budgeted in the current RDCO Five Year Financial Plan.

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5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

5.1 Update on the Feasibility Study for the Proposed Paradise Valley Water System (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 30,2012 outlined the results of the Board requested survey to determine the support of Trepanier residents regarding their interest for a possible water system in this area. A letter and survey were sent out to residents outlining the facts of establishing both a water system and fire service including capital and operational costs. Out of 80 letters sent to property owners, 57 were returned to the online survey. Results were overwhelmingly against paying for the estimated capital costs.

It was noted that fire protection will continue to be an issue in rural areas such as Trepanier and that interface and structural fires may impact bordering municipalities. It will be important for residents to continue to take measures to protect their property from fire.

EDGSON/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board receive staff report dated October 30, 2012 and not proceed with a feasibility study for the proposed Paradise Valley Water System;
AND FURTHER that a feasibility study for a community water system in this area not be considered for a period of three years based on the resident survey information.

CARRIED

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7. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

7.1 2012-2016 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1314,2012, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff provided an overview to the Board on the budget amendments required for the 2012 Financial Plan, including:
- Trepanier Bench transfer from Community Works Fund Gas Tax Reserve
- Wastewater Treatment Plant - amendment covers HST which is not recoverable, and administrative costs, capital costs which was missed in the initial budget. Biosolids work moved forward. DCC costs less than anticipated.
-Killiney Community Hall - RDCO does not own the hall so cannot include capital costs - transfer to the contractor for capital (housekeeping)
- Regional Parks/Westside Parks - total projects not changed, funds moved to other projects - Board approval has previously been given to the projects

CONDON/BASRAN
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2012-2016 Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1314,2012 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 8th day of November 2012.

CARRIED

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Findlater on fire over fuel accumulation
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 81068 - Sep 27, 2012

A motion put forward by the District of West Kelowna was passed Thursday morning at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Victoria.

The resolution seeks a province-wide wildfire protection program for both public and private lands.

It reads:

WHEREAS the Province of British Columbia continues to experience wildfires due to effective fire suppression activities, drying weather trends and mountain pine beetle infestations on Crown, Public and Private lands.

AND WHEREAS the Province of British Columbia government
•commissioned the “Firestorm 2003 Report” (Filmon Report) to provide recommendations to prevent future wildfire events;
•and,provides limited funding for local governments to implement Community Wildfire Protection Plans on Crown and Public lands;
•does not provide funding for or require fuel mitigation works to be conducted on private lands leaving such regulation to individual local governments to establish, enforce and assume the liability associated with those programs:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Union of BC Municipalities lobby the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to enact provincial standards to ensure a province-wide comprehensive wildfire protection and works program is established, funded, executed and enforced for both private and public lands beginning with those lands at highest risk and immediately adjacent to residential areas.

“The problem communities are facing with forest fuel accumulation is simply not manageable at the local level,” says Mayor Doug Findlater.

"We don’t have close to the funding or resources that is needed to regulate private lands in this matter. The UBCM membership agreed, the province needs to take this concern in hand.”

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.pdf icon November 8, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

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.pdf icon August 20, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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7. FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

7.1 Information Report - Purchase Commitments > $100,000 During Second Quarter 2012 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Staff report dated July 30, 2012 outlined the budgeted purchase commitments exceeding $100,000 of the RDCO during the second quarter ending June 30, 2012.

EDGSON/CONDON
THAT the Regional Board, as per section 4.6 of the RDCO Purchasing Policy, receive for information the report on the purchase commitments which exceeded $100,000 made during the second quarter ending June 30, 2012

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 20, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Search and Rescue Funding Request

The Regional Board supports an application from the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue organization for grant funding under the Provincial Gaming Program. The volunteer organization hopes to receive a $100,000 grant to help fund the purchase of various pieces of important equipment that will help its members as they perform search and rescue services across the Central Okanagan.

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11. NEW BUSINESS

11.1 Central Okanagan Search & Rescue - Request for Support for Gaming Grant Funding Application (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Central Okanagan Search & Rescue (COSR) has requested a letter of support of the Regional Board for their gaming grant funding application of $100,000 to the Ministry of Housing and Social Development's Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch for the 2012/2013 season.

It was noted that COSR provided an update to the Regional Board earlier this year. The volunteer organization works cooperatively with the regional rescue program, fire and rescue and particularly the RCMP. It is a huge asset to the community undertaking a significant amount of rescues annually.

GIVEN/BASRAN
THAT the Regional Board approves providing a letter of support to the Central Okanagan Search & Rescue for their gaming grant funding application of $100,000 to the Ministry of Housing and Social Development's Gaming Policy and Enforcement
Branch for the 2012/2013 season.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon July 23, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

12. DIRECTOR ITEMS

b) Regional Emergency Services Oversight Committee (RESOC)

Director Zimmermann, Chair of RESOC, confirmed the committee has met and reviewed the Terms of Reference for the continued review of the regional rescue service. Clear options and costs will be brought forward for further discussion and approval.

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.pdf icon June 14, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

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.pdf icon June 14, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

2. ADDITION OF LATE ITEMS

Add Under Director Items:

9.1 Regional Emergency Services Oversight Committee Appointments

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3. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

BASRAN/EDGSON
THAT the agenda be adopted as amended.

CARRIED

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9. DIRECTOR ITEMS

9.1 Regional Emergency Services Oversight Committee Appointments (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated June 11, 2012 outlined the Board's previous consideration naming a select committee (the Regional Emergency Services Oversight Committee) to further consider the regional rescue service.

FINDLATER/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board appoint the following directors to the Regional Emergency Services Oversight Committee:
Director Zimmermann (Chair)
Director Baker
Director Edgson
Director Fielding
Director Ophus

AND FURTHER THAT the committee's Terms of Reference for the continuing review of the RDCO regional rescue service be brought forward to the Regional Board for approval.

CARRIED 

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.pdf icon May 10, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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5. OLD BUSINESS

5.1 Appointment of Regional Emergency Services Oversight Committee (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/GIVEN
THAT consideration of appointments to the Regional Emergency Services Oversight Committee be POSTPONED for further consideration by Chair Hobson.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon April 23, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Emergency Preparedness Week

The Regional Board has received a presentation regarding the Regional Emergency Program and Emergency Preparedness Week, May 6th to 12th. Central Okanagan Emergency Program Coordinator Jason Brolund explained the week is designed to encourage all residents to prepare their families to be self sufficient for at least 72 hours in the event of a major emergency. Brolund says there’s a three step plan: Know the emergency risks for your area; Make a plan to respond to those emergency risks and Get a Kit of materials and possessions to help sustain your family in an emergency or disaster. More information on how to prepare your family is available at regionaldistrict.com/emergency or getprepared.ca.

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.pdf icon Item 5.1 Emergency Preparedness Week.pdf

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5. DELEGATION

5.1 Jason Brolund, Emergency Plan Coordinator - Emergency Preparedness Week - May 6-12
Jason Brolund provided an overview of what a Emergency Preparedness plan is. The region will celebrate Emergency Preparedness Week - May 6-12. The importance of everyone preparing a personal emergency kit was highlighted.

The regional emergency program was reviewed:
o Provincial legislation mandates an emergency plan
o Local authority is responsible for emergency management within its jurisdiction
o City of Kelowna is contracted as the local authority responsible for emergency management
o The program is supported by the Provincial Emergency Program
o Funded by all member municipalities and the RDCO
o State of the emergency program reviewed including 2011 activities
o Emergency Support Services (ESS) is always looking for volunteers.

2012 Initiatives include:
• One stop emergency information website - www.cordemergency.ca
• New administration officer at KFD
• Spring training exercise as well as full disaster exercise in the fall
• JEPP Grant funding of $12,500 received (this program has now ended-it is a provincial/federal grant program)

2013 Initiatives
• Refresh bylaw - rewrite plan, HRVA

The new emergency operations website was shown. It will provide official upto- date electronic communication directly to our citizens and the media.
www.cordemergency.ca or www.rdcoemergency.ca/.

FIELDING/FINDLATER
THAT the update of the regional emergency program be received.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon March 26, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Regional Rescue Program Service Review

The Regional Board has received a detailed report into the review it requested of the Regional Rescue Program. The program provides a cost-effective delivery of disaster and emergency response services and provides a consistent and high level of training and response for all fire departments across the Central Okanagan. The report makes 12 recommendations to further enhance the region-wide program. The Board will establish a five member political stakeholder committee including one representative from each municipality and the Regional District, to further review the recommendations; review each Regional Rescue Service and explore a governance and budget reporting process for the rescue program and determine potential administrative savings.

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5. DELEGATIONS

5.1 Mary O'Caliaghan - KPMG - Regional Rescue Service Review

Rod Miller introduced the KPMG consultant, Mary O'Caliaghan. Highlights of the report were reviewed including: project objectives, approach, findings, recommendations and budget impacts. It was noted that the role of the regional fire chiefs group is undocumented; there is no formal mechanism to provide input on service delivery, budgeting, and governance. Agreements are out of date and sections of the previous agreement do not apply to current situations.

Recommendations include:
• Governance structure implementation
• Streamline budgeting process
• Introduce Regional Emergency Services Committee (RESC) committee and define mandate
• Role of Regional Emergency Services Manager (RESM) to replace manager of fire protection services
• Negotiate agreement with KFD for provision of services
• Develop and implement a standardized mechanism to track the number of rescues and associated costs
• Develop and implement a mechanism to track dispatch calls
• Develop criteria for services that should be delivered regionally
• Determine which costs should be included in non-RDCO levied administration and communicate this decision to jurisdictions
• Review capital budgeting process
• Review existing legislation and regulations and revise to reflect implementation of the proposed governance structure and related changes
• Revised spending authorities to streamline the process for spending from the RFP budget.

It was noted that the budget impacts for the above have not been reviewed nor considered.

Discussion:

  • Concern was expressed that the 'Project Charter' which was presented by KPMG and followed for the service review is different than the Board approved Terms of Reference. It was believed the study would review each individual service, admin overhead and budget impacts. How did this shift occur?

  • Project charter was guiding document for KPMG report. Staff, including the fire chiefs, agreed to the project objectives and KPMG proceeded. The project objectives included:
    - develop a governance model for emergency management, dispatch and rescue services;
    - document the current budgeting and financial reporting processes and identify opportunities for improvement;
    - identify key elements of service agreements for emergency management, dispatch and rescue services; review and
    - report on current resource deployment, training hours and service levels.

  • Staff note the service of regional rescue works well, that the main issue to be reviewed was the governance review. Staff wanted to focus on the recommendations and roadmap. Governance will be guided by the report.

  • Technical chiefs committee should have a broader mandate and it should be defined. This has not been done in the past-no mechanism to look at the detail. There is currently no authority nor mechanism for all fire chiefs to have input. Criteria needs to be established - why are we doing this regionally, can it be done by a fire department.

  • The review has not answered the question - who should provide services.

  • Draft of the report was completed by the end of November as planned. It took that long to get the input from the various stakeholders-fire chiefs, administrators, staff.

  • Who was consulted? The Stakeholder group included the fire chiefs and administrators. Why was the Regional Board not consulted in this process?
    The report dealt with the operational level.

  • Were budget implications for any of the recommendations discussed?
    Would the 'manager position' not be a duplication of what Kelowna is currently doing? How is it determined that % of the coordinator of regional rescue position is actually doing regional rescue?

  • RDCO has to be responsible and accountable for the service - need defining of accountability. Role of Kelowna is to provide the service. Agreement needs to be clarified.

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT the presentation by Mary O'Caliaghan - KPMG regarding the regional rescue service review be received.

CARRIED

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6. DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Fire Services

6.1 Regional Rescue Service Review (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated March 26, 2012 outlined the background for the regional rescue service review and proposed recommendations.

It was noted there is still a lot of work to do: there should be administrative savings within the function-these costs need to be clearly understood;
organizational structure needs to be costed out first (there should be savings in the service;
need much clearer accountability in the relationship with the City of Kelowna);
and the overview of the recommendations should not be done by staff, it needs to be done at the political level.

he service review has gone seriously off the rails, how this occurred without direction of the Board has to be answered.

It was agreed that the regional rescue service is effective. The question needs to be answered whether it is efficient.

District of West Kelowna will continue to look at what they think they can do on their own. Concern was expressed that it is critical the service remain regional.

What is the purpose of the political committee? What are we hoping to achieve? Consensus on the following:
- Committee of five - four municipal and one regional appointee. WFN contracts the service directly-no appointee is required from WFN;
- Establish a structure;
- Develop criteria for the nine services - what is regional, what is local;
- Analyze each service criteria;
- Original terms of reference needs to be dealt with - administrative savings, contract with the City, look at staff structure, budgeting process;
- Work with technical staff to clarify issues;
- Committee terms of reference to be brought to the Board for review;
- Committee reports directly to the Board.

EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board establish a political oversight select committee for the regional rescue service review consisting of five stakeholders (four municipal and one electoral area representative appointed by the Board Chair);
AND FURTHER THAT the select committee be tasked to work on 'next steps' using staff as technical advisory to the committee, report directly to the Board, and draft the committee's Terms of Reference for Board approval.

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6. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

6.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of March 8, 2012

c) Regional Rescue Program

BAKER/ZIMMERMANN
THAT the Regional Board receive the presentation on the Regional Rescue program; AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to invite the KPMG consultant for the Regional Rescue review to the March 26th Board meeting to discuss the final report.

CARRIED

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