What can we learn?
The Tatla Resource Association has gathered valuable community feedback in the wake of unprecedented fires in our region. This review will serve as our road map as we advocate for updated and upgraded fire management protocols.
Through this initiative, our intention is to collaborate with government agencies to:
- improve the safety of firefighters and rural communities
- improve the effectiveness of wildfire fighting to protect our fragile forests
Our community is actively engaged in the stewardship and health of our local environment. As partners in the Eniyud Community Forest (ECF), we have created a culture of awareness and protection of our surrounding forests.
We request a full review and response to the recommendations put forward in this initiative from our regional, provincial and federal agencies.
Information for this review was gathered from a series of meetings, facilitated by various local organizations during the summer and fall of 2017. Pictured below is the Cariboo Regional District meeting at Tatla Hall, which took place on August 9th, 2017. In the meeting, government representatives promised to respond to the concerns brought forward by our local residents.
- Local firefighters (several of whom spent up to 90 days on the 2017 wildfires)
- Local fire support staff (finance, communications)
- Local Search and Rescue team members (our local SAR was the overseeing body in our initial response)
- Local medical practitioners
- Local ranchers, tourism operators, small business owners
- Chief Ervin Charleyboy, Tsi Del Del First Nation
- Councillor Percy Guichon, Tsi Del Del First Nation
government representatives (panel):
- Todd Doherty, MP / Conservative Party / Caribou-Prince George
- Donna Barnett, MLA / BC Liberal Party / Cariboo-Chilcotin
- Al Richmond, Cariboo Regional District Chair
- Chief Roger William, CRD
- Ministry of Forests Representatives
- Reg Steward, Emergency Operations WL
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