2000 FIRE PROTECTION UPDATE
With the arrival of summer we are reminded of the threat of forest fires such as those that occurred two years ago when many BC communities faced the terror of wild fire. Coupled with the two serious house fires in Belcarra in recent years, it is a reminder that we too are vulnerable to fire. Accordingly, Council has made fire protection a priority, and my report this month is an update to the community on the various fire protection projects that are presently underway.
As result of the fire protection initiatives undertaken to-date, the municipality was advised last month that the Fire Underwriters Survey has reclassified Belcarra’s “Dwelling Protection Grade” from “Semi-Protected” to “Fully Protected”. As a consequence, property owners located within 1000 feet (300 metres) of a fire hydrant will realize savings on the cost of fire insurance in the range of $100 to $300 depending on the insured value of their home. While the primary objective of having a fire department and fire hydrants is the safety and protection of the community, it’s nice to also realize the added benefit of cost savings on one’s fire insurance.
In 1998 the Village acquired a Crown Land lease located at the south (top) end of Tatlow Road and completed Phase One of the Tatlow Road fire hydrant system with installation of a 58,000-gallon storage tank connected to the first hydrant at Main Avenue. Last summer Phase Two of the “backbone” water line down Tatlow Road was completed to provide hydrants at Bedwell Bay Road and Marine Avenue. Also completed as part of Phase Two was the extension along Bedwell Bay Road that provided fire hydrants at Watson Road and Senkler Road. Looking ahead to 2001, Council anticipates initiating the engineering design for Phase Three of the Tatlow Road system, namely extension of the water line along the length of Marine Avenue from Tatlow Road to Young Road.
In 1999 Council also acquired a licence from GVRD Parks to locate water storage tanks on park property, and was able to complete Phase One of the Dutchman’s Creek fire hydrant system. Phase One involved installation of a 58,000-gallon storage tank adjacent to the Belcarra Water Users water tanks at Dutchman's Creek along with the first hydrant on Belcarra Bay Road at Salish Road.
Phase Two of the Dutchman’s Creek system includes acquiring the six-inch pipe that was pre-installed by the Belcarra Water Users to service additional fire hydrants on Turtlehead Road and Belcarra Bay Road. The engineering design work for Phase Two was completed over the winter and the project will be going to tender in the near future. The objective is to complete Phase Two by the fall of 2000.
Phase Three of the Dutchman’s Creek system involves extension of the water line from Salish Road to Whiskey Cove Lane to provide coverage to the end of Coomb Lane. The engineering design work for Phase Three was also completed over the winter, but scheduling of Phase Three will dependent upon the project costs.
As can be seen, the plan is for a series of projects, constructed over a period of time, that enhances the availability of water for fire protection. These improvements are important to the safety of our community, and Council is committed to these works on a pay-as-you-go basis.
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