Newest Addition to Salmon Valley Volunteer Fire Department
l-r John Quesnel, Deputy Chief Cory Davoren, Marc Witte, Mark Vejoda, Victoria Davoren, Carolyn Netzlaw, Shelly Archer, Deputy Chief Chris Archer- photos 250News
Salmon Valley, B.C.- The Salmon Valley Volunteer Fire Department has a new member, a beautiful shiny new Tender.
Last night, the Salmon Valley Fire Department threw open the doors in an open house, to show off their new acquisition, “What this Tender does for us, is it gives us an extra 1500 gallons of water” says Deputy Chief Cory Davoren. He says it means that when the Salmon Valley Fire Department gets a call for a structure fire, the second truck will go out along with the Engine, “This truck will dump 1500 gallons of water at the fire, and then we’ll be start the water shuttle from there.”
The Salmon Valley Fire Department has been putting money aside for the last ten years to buy the new Tender which cost just over $300 thousand dollars. Now they will start saving so they have enough to buy a new Engine, but there is plenty of time for that, as the Engine is expected to last for another 20 years.
The Salmon Valley Fire Department may be called up to offer assistance to one of the other Volunteer Fire Departments in the Regional District of Fraser Fort George as it has a mutual aid agreement and works closely with Ness Lake and Pilot Mountain Volunteer Fire Departments.
Not only will the new tender be a critical aid when it comes to fighting structure fires, it may also help with recruitment. There are 15 active volunteers on the Salmon Valley Fire Department roster right now, but the new gear just might encourage others in the area to sign up.
“We’re really a family” says Deputy Chief Davoren, and while he means that in reference to the comradery of the volunteers, there really are family members on the ‘team’.
While prepared and trained to deal with structure fires, they also are the first on scene when there is a medical emergency in the community of Salmon Valley. “People don’t realize what we do until they need emergency assistance” says fire fighter Victoria Davoren, “But when they call, we will be there.”
Deputy Chief Cory Davoren looks forward to hearing from anyone interested in joining the Salmon Valley Volunteer Fire Department “family”. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org