For immediate release September 21, 2005
Regional District of Comox-Strathcona Helps With Creation
of Dry Hydrant for Fire Protection
A new “dry hydrant” will serve the residents of James Crescent, Riverbend Road, Doyle Road, Macaulay Road and surrounding area.
The project—a joint effort between residents of Acher Road, the Oyster River Volunteer Fire Department and the Regional District of Comox-Strathcona—involved installing a hydrant on the banks of the Oyster River. Using this hydrant, a fire truck can easily access water from the river for fire fighting purposes.
“This project provides the Oyster River VFD with one more tool to improve fire protection for over 300 homes in the immediate area,” said Graeme Faris, General Manager of Operations at the Regional District of Comox-Strathcona. “It’s a testament to the way in which an enthusiastic and organized group of volunteers and the regional district can work together to benefit a neighborhood.”
The Oyster River Volunteer Fire Department tested the site for feasibility and offered design suggestions. The regional district’s Operational Services department provided a detailed design, carried out a river study and obtained the necessary Provincial and Federal permits on behalf of the residents. A group of residents who had formed the Acher Road fire protection dry hydrant committee carried out the actual installation.
“The residents indicated that this was a priority project for their communities, so we were pleased to provide support,” said Barry Minaker, regional district director for electoral area ‘C’.
Shirley Siren, spokesperson for the volunteerswas pleased with the results. “We worked hard to get the hydrant and we’re thrilled to have it completed. We’re also pleased that its maintenance will be handled by the regional district and the Oyster River volunteer fire department.”
The Regional District of Comox-Strathcona is a partnership of nine electoral areas and eight municipalities providing nearly 100,000 residents with over 140 services–from parks to full-service sports facilities to regional solid waste systems.
Photo call: Residents, fire fighters, RD staff and Director Barry Minaker will be on site at the Oyster River for photographs on Thursday September 22nd at 1:00pm.
Manager, Operational Communications
Regional District of Comox-Strathcona
Tel: (250) 334-6037