Sponsors: Cariboo Regional District
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
Whereas the provincial government provides funding for support staff at fire centres throughout the province of British Columbia;
And whereas the Cariboo Fire Centre experienced record-breaking wildfires in 2017, and more wildfires are predicted in this area:
Therefore be it resolved that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the provincial government to increase funding to those fire centres that are experiencing substantial increased wildfire activity in their areas.
The Resolutions Committee advises that the UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution seeking increased provincial funding for support staff at fire centre areas that are experiencing increased wildfire activity.
However, the Committee notes that members have endorsed multiple resolutions calling on the provincial government to provide sustainable funding for the purpose of wildfire prevention and recovery (including 2018-B22, 2017-LR4, 2015-B5, 2014-A1, 2012-B114, 2012-B113, 2011-B139, 2010-B91, 2008-B59, 2007- B75).
Endorsed resolution 2018-B22 requested interface wildfire funding for emergency training, equipment and response capacity. In response, the Province indicated that it is currently reviewing options to increase firefighting capacity as part of its response to the recent independent review conducted by George Abbott and Maureen Chapman.