Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold

Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold

Burns Lake thanks Houston’s finest

Houston firefighters got high praise from Burns Lake this week, as did the fire pact that allowed the towns to join forces on Jan. 20.

Houston firefighters got high praise from Burns Lake this week, as did the “mutual aid” pact that let the towns join forces to fight the Hampton sawmill fire.

Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold and Fire Chief Jim McBride came to a Houston council meeting on Tuesday and gave Houston’s finest a certificate of thanks.

When a deadly fire broke out Jan. 20 at the Hampton mill, McBride said he knew right away that he wanted company.

“Houston responded and, pardon my language, they did one hell of a job,” he said. Turning to the Houston firefighters who gathered to receive the award, he added, “We couldn’t have done it without you guys.”

Mayor Strimbold also thanked the firefighters and their families for choosing to serve the community.

“One of the things we forget is that it’s a family commitment,” he said. “When you left Houston for Burns Lake, you didn’t know what you were getting yourselves into and neither did your family.”

After 13 years running the Burns Lake fire department, McBride says he’s seen strong camaraderie form between the Houston and Burns Lake fire crews.

The “mutual aid” pact cements that friendship, he said.

Under the agreement, fire crews in Smithers, Telkwa, Houston and Burns Lake can call on one another for back up if they face a major fire.

Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof and Fort St. James have yet to join the pact. Burns Lake did get through on Jan. 20 to firefighters in Fraser Lake, but none of the Fraser Lake councillors were available at that hour to approve the resource sharing.

McBride said that talks are ongoing, and he hopes the east side of the district will come together on this issue.

McBride also recognized the work of Ken Thomson, who retired as Houston fire chief this fall, for taking the lead in starting up the mutual aid system.

 

Just Posted

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

lotto max logo
Are you the lucky winner?

A $1 million ticket was bought in Burns Lake for Friday’s Lotto… Continue reading

Jill Mackenzie carefully replaces books on the shelves at the Houston Public Library. (Angelique Houlihan photo)
District approves annual library grant

Craft kits featured for summer reading club

The tradition of Houston Christian School grads giving Bibles to incoming kindergarten students will take place this year, but outdoors and in a modified fashion. (File photo)
Houston Christian School grad day is June 24

Grads themselves have set tone for the day, says teacher

Scott Richmond will be starting as the new vice principal for HSS and TSE. (Submitted/Houston Today)
Houston gets a new vice principal

Scott Richmond takes over from Dwayne Anderson who moved to Smithers

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

Most Read