Like in any community, Sun Peaks has individuals who prefer to take a low profile approach to the things they do, and there’s one group that takes this to a whole other level. For years this group has quietly trained, recruited and planned for all that scary stuff we don’t ever plan for. You may have got it by now; the group I’m talking about is the staff and volunteers of the acclaimed Sun Peaks Fire Rescue (SPFR).
While sitting on the Sun Peaks Improvement District Board for close to a decade I watched this small volunteer fire department grow in number of volunteers, amount of equipment and level of expertise to a position where its firefighters are some of the most sought after when it comes to professional job placement anywhere in B.C.
Chief Bill Stoner and his crew have successfully implemented several crucial programs to the squad. The very well regarded Work Experience Program (WEP) is a volunteer six-month placement where new professional firefighters can gain practical experience and further their training. The Emergency Medical Responder program, a first in B.C., allows first responders to administer medications to injured patients while awaiting paramedics.
Add to these programs a long list of accomplishments, accolades, awards and certifications and you have one highly trained, very well equipped and ready to respond group of firefighters. They respond day and night to any need within the community and never ask for anything in return.
As everyone knows, fire departments are not cheap to run but it’s during the times when you need these men and women in uniform that make all those tax dollars worthwhile.
Recently, my wife was surprised by our smoke alarms blaring and the basement full of smoke. Not knowing what to do, she did exactly the right thing and immediately called 9-1-1. The response by Sun Peaks Fire Rescue left her in awe. Minutes after calling, two fire trucks roared up to our house full of firefighters in gear ready to tackle any blaze at hand. With respirators donned they soon realized that all the smoke was from a faulty washing machine and not a raging inferno about to engulf our home and office. The crew from SPFR checked and double checked all possible points of origin before declaring the property safe. Thank you to Captain Dan Stebner who even went as far as dismantling the washer in an effort to source the problem.
Needless to say, it’s times like this that one needs to thank all the members and staff at SPFR. I think the community of Sun Peaks should feel lucky to have such a crew watching over us night and day. Thank you for all your time and effort in making Sun Peaks a safe place to live and play.