‘The right of volunteer fire departments to enter onto private land should be guaranteed through legislation’

Volunteer firefighters hose down adjacent house.

What happens if a rural fire department answers the call to a burning house and there’s no one home to give them permission to enter the property? This has become an issue, one badly in need of a solution. (AreaPPost file photo)

Concerns about the legal aspects of gaining access to private property in the event of a fire have arisen among rural volunteer fire departments throughout the province since last spring.

The TNRD is looking for ways to assist non-TNRD fire departments to resolve this issue. A letter from the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District to the Office of the Fire Commissioner outlines the problem very well, and the board approved my motion to write a letter of support to the OFC for the position taken by Squamish-Lillooet and to forward the two letters to our volunteer departments for their information.

Here’s the SLRD letter:

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