$1.7M announced for RDOS

Money from the Federal Government will be going to the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen.

Okanagan-Coquihalla MP, International Minister of Trade Stockwell Day made the announcement Friday morning.

"We're announcing federal funding to the amount of $1.7 million, provided to the Regional District here to deal with reducing the risk related to fire. It's going to provide jobs, it's going to provide opportunity and it's going to provide increased protection for us right here," says Day.

He says this is a big announcement, especially with the past summer.

"Well, that fire hit pretty close to home for all of us and very close to home for me and my family. When you see it first hand like that, you see people losing their homes, you see the evacuations going on, it's fantastic the way the community responds. It's best if fire can be prevented in the first place and this $1.7 million will go a long way to helping."

John Davies with the Association of BC Forest Professionals explains what they money will be used for.

"This funding announcement from Mr. Day was for us to do on the ground operations treatment in some areas and remove trees or some of the main canopy to reduce fuel to provide some defensive space around communities," says Davies.

In attendance for the announcement were RDOS chair and Penticton mayor, Dan Ashton, Olive mayor Patrick Hampson and Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater.

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