FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has launched a petition that will let property owners in Charlie Lake decide if the local volunteer fire department should expand services.

The Regional District is currently in the process of looking to expand services at the Charlie Lake Fire Hall to include road rescue and first medical response services.

According to the Regional District, property owners will begin to receive petition packages in the mail next week, ( starting November 9) with detailed information on the process, the proposed services, and costs.

If they approve one or both of the new services, owners will be levied for training and equipment start-up costs in 2021 and for operating costs in future years.

Property owners in favour are asked to fill out and return the petitions by mail. Those not in favour of either or both services can simply not return the petitions.

Regional District Chair Brad Sperling says the Charlie Lake Fire Department is ready to provide road rescue and FMR services if property owners support the change.

The Regional Board moved ahead with the petition as a result of an open house in February, where property owners expressed the desire to understand more about the costs and benefits of their fire department providing the expanded services.

For residents to receive more information, the Regional District is holding a virtual town hall by Zoom on Monday, November 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The petition closes on December 7.

Further information can be found at prrd.bc.ca/engage.

Watch the latest edition of Moose Talks to hear Brad Sperling further discuss the proposed expansions at the Charlie Lake Fire Hall: