If all goes well, 100 Whitecroft properties will fall under the protective wing of Sun Peaks Fire and Rescue by 2015.
Representatives from the Whitecroft Community Association, Sun Peaks Resort municipality and Thompson-Nicola Regional District sat down Tuesday to discuss fire protection for the small community at the base of Tod Mountain.
By the end of the meeting, there was a general consensus to roll Whitecroft homes into the resort’s protection area, said Ron Storie, the TNRD’s manager of community services.
“I think everybody who attended wants to move forward to the next step,” Storie told The Daily News. “This is a very good scenario here.”
For one, Sun Peaks has a trained volunteer fire department in place and Whitecroft is within eight kilometres of the resort, said Storie.
A previous fire-protection proposal required the communities of Whitecroft and Heffley Creek to form a fire department from scratch.
Storie said Whitecroft already has hydrants in place and a good supply of water at the community’s disposal.
“It looks like, potentially, there could be a win-win situation there,” he said.
Now everyone will go back to their respective corners and discuss the proposal further, said Storie. The plan is to hold a follow-up meeting in February or March with the intention of having fire protection in place for January 2015. Storie wasn’t in a position to say what the cost would be to taxpayers.
A representative with the Whitecroft Community Association could not be reached for comment.
Concerns about fire protection in Whitecroft were ignited when a blaze gutted a home last month.