MOBERLY LAKE, B.C. – Instead of solely providing funding, the Peace River Regional District now operates and manages the Moberly Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

The society previously running the department made a proposal to the district in 2021 to transition from a service delivery model to a direct service delivery model.

As of January 1st, the PRRD took the reins of the department.

Fire Chief Fred Burrows was hired by the district last fall to lead the transition. The veteran firefighter and former chief of the Fort St John Fire Department says Moberly Lake residents shouldn’t notice any change.

“Residents were well-served for many years by an incredibly dedicated group of volunteers who provided critical fire prevention and suppression in the Moberly Lake area, and that’s what residents can continue to expect,” said Burrows in a statement.

Some new upgrades are expected for the fire hall, such as a new tracked exhaust removal system, gas detectors, new lockers and gear for firefighters, water cistern maintenance and completion of the exterior water fill station.

The PRRD’s Electoral Area E Director Dan Rose committed $242,250 in December for capital and operational upgrades to the department.

“The transition is going well, and other plans for upgrades and improvements are being developed. Chief Burrows is assessing training needs and will work with the PRRD’s communications team for help with volunteer recruitment to strengthen the MLVFD’s capacity.”