Prince Rupert residents will get a glimpse into the work of the Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue Department tonight, as Fire Chief Jeff Beckwith provides a look at the volume of calls that came into the First Avenue Fire Hall in the month of July.
The report for this evening's Prince Rupert Council session, will note of the 143 emergency incidents that the Department responded to in July, as well as the details on two fires of significant note, both of which occurred during a period that the department was 'stretched thin' on staffing owing to multiple non-critical medical incidents.
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Fire Chief Jeff Beckwith, they took place during a period of time
when the Department was facing challenging staffing levels owing
to assistance provided to the BC Ambulance Service
As Chief Beckwith observes in his report, the incidents served as the catalyst for last months declaration that the Fire/Rescue service will now only respond to 'Purple' medical calls, that in order to maintain a fire/rescue response within the community.
Some of our notes on that issue from last month can be reviewed below:
Since those concerns were raised in July, there has been no update offered from MLA Jennifer Rice's office, or from the BC Emergency Health service as to what, if any measures are now in place, or under consideration to improve on the level of staffing for the local ambulance service in the city.
The Fire/Rescue report on their work of July can be examined below: