Kootenay fire chief’s group shutters, but does one last good deed

$3,000 to go to food bank, animal welfare

Last week the Castlegar and District Fire Chiefs Association made two financial donations, totaling nearly $3,000, to the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program and Community Harvest Food Bank.

The association has a deep-rooted history in Castlegar and surrounding areas.

In 1982, as fire departments organized in the area, they realized situations would arise where they would need to rely on neighbouring departments for support.

To ensure an appropriate system of policies were in place, departments from Castlegar, Robson, Pass Creek, Celgar and Tarrys formed the Castlegar and District Fire Chiefs Association.

As new departments were established at Blueberry Creek, Ootischenia, Crescent Valley, Passmore, Slocan, Beasley and Blewett, they became members of the association.

Last month, the remaining departments determined the association was no longer required since its spirit and intent has been incorporated into the Regional District of Central Kootenay Fire Chiefs Association, which also oversees regional emergency planning.

The association decided it would like to leave a legacy in the community by donating its remaining funds to local charities, including the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program and the Castlegar Community Harvest Food Bank.

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The Castlegar and District Fire Chiefs Association is folding, but two community groups will benefit from its remaining funds. From left, Brad Makortoff, Mercer Celgar; Chief Aaron Bebelman, Pass Creek; George Hamm, Ootischenia; Deb McIntosh, Castlegar Community Harvest Food Bank; Chaplain Gerry Rempel, association chair, retired Chief Brian Bebelman, Pass Creek; Chief Greg Patterson, Tarrys and Chief Sam Lattanzio, Castlegar. Missing from photo is Chief Jeff Grant, Robon. Photo submitted

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