The Apex Fire Brigade Society (AFBS) is hoping to gain recognition from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) as a certified fire protection service.
The AFBS has been providing a minimal, unrated fire service to the Apex community since its establishment in 2007.
The society was recently approached by property owners who inquired how the fire service could become rated to meet insurance requirements. The society’s board of directors determined that becoming a recognized fire service was the only viable option.
AFBS formally approached the RDOS to create a regional district fire protection service, which would be administered the same way as other fire departments in the district.
The AFBS volunteers are hopeful that the Apex fire service referendum that will be March 27 will end in a positive result for them.
Between now and March 27, the AFBS is focusing on educating property owners and residents at Apex Mountain as to why voting yes in the referendum is critical if the area is to get its own designated fire service.
“The time has come to step up and become a recognized and certified fire department, ensuring we can sustainably meet industry standards with the goal of protecting the community and in the process reducing fire insurance costs. We need your help to meet these objectives,” said AFBS fire chief Gabe Lavoie.
The society plans to post something “fresh and new, informative and interesting” on a regular basis to their Facebook page to ensure the community is informed heading into the referendum vote.
The AFBS Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/apexfirebrigade.
The AFBS will also be hosting two virtual town halls from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 11 and Thursday, March 18.
Get the links to the town hall meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.