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Fire department prepares for windstorm

As a precautionary measure, the Penticton Fire Department is getting prepared in case the current windstorm does some damage.

Winds are forecast to blow anywhere from 60-90 km/h Monday.

Penticton Fire Chief Wayne Williams says they're ready in case something should happen.

"In the past when we've had windstorms, they've come through and there's a lot of damage within a short period of time. This has been a long wind warning and we are prepared."

Williams says they've split their calls into a central instant commander into the Fire Hall and he would dispatch the trucks where they're needed the most.

"We have tried it. We have installed radios and phones down into one of the rooms downstairs in our fire hall to do that, and every time we do something we say, 'Hey, you know what else we could use? We need desks,' and we'll get it for the next time. Every event is a training experience for us.

Penticton was hit hard two years ago around this time with a heavy windstorm that knocked down signs, power lines, and trees.


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