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TAYLOR, B.C. – Taylor Fire Rescue is now operating as a full-service level department after completing required training courses.

Prior to completing the National Fire Protection Association 1001 training, the fire service served the District of Taylor residents and those within the district’s protection area as an exterior only department. According to BC’s fire service minimum training standards, this means the department was restricted to controlling and extinguishing a fire from outside a building or object in question.

Having full-service operation status will allow firefighters to enter buildings and other hazardous areas to provide the highest level of protection to the public, the district said.

The district extended its appreciation to fire rescue members for their commitment to the community after several hours of training.

“The district recognizes and appreciates this is a level of service not many volunteer-based departments ever achieve,” said a statement.

“We are so proud of what Taylor Fire Rescue has accomplished to allow for this upgrade in service. Their dedication to keeping our community and residents of the region safe is evident and deeply appreciated,” said Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser in a release.

The firefighters will undergo annual testing to ensure operations are up to date.

The district says the service change was requested by department members and was staff-driven.

The fire department is also actively recruiting new members. Anyone interested in becoming a firefighter can contact Chief Steven Byford at 250-789-3392 or sbyford@districtoftaylor.com.

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