The smell of fresh paint was in the air as the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) held their annual general meeting in a newly refurbished hall last Sunday morning.
The upstairs of the hall has been given a huge makeover by the volunteers.
There are now separate offices for not only the fire department, but also city works foreman Randy Smith, the Greenwood Legacy Group Recreation Commission and Santa’s Helpers.
The second floor was painted throughout and new flooring (compliments of Shilo Freer) was installed in the fire department crew room and the public works foreman’s office.
Elected as officers for the coming year are:
Chief Roy Terashita – returned by acclamation
Deputy Chief Dean Higashi – elected by acclamation
Assistant Chief Wayne Durban – returned by acclamation
Treasurer Mark Seymour – elected by acclamation
Secretary Diane Lapalme – elected by acclamation
Training Officer Rob Smith – returned by acclamation
Safety Officer Liz Mann – returned by acclamation
First Responder training is proceeding for both the GVFD and West Boundary Highway Rescue.
It was suggested that those residents covered by the Greenwood fire department, both in the city and under the agreement with the regional district, ensure that their driveways are plowed wide enough to allow access by the fire truck.
Another recommendation was that those with long driveways place their house numbers near the end of their driveway so it will be easier for emergency crews to identify the property.
In 2013 there was a total of 73 calls- 19 for fire, 10 for motor vehicle accidents and 44 First Responder call outs.