- The loss of the Keno City Hotel in December 2020 was burning a hole in the heart of one who knew the iconic venue and prompted an independent review of fire safety in rural Yukon.
- It shows much good, some bad, and exposes some unsettling tidbits that provides the government with 104 recommendations as advice.
The loss of the Keno City Hotel in December 2020 was burning a hole in the heart of one who knew the iconic venue and prompted an independent review of fire safety in rural Yukon.
On the last day, the Yukon government released the report.
It was titled Independent Review of the Yukon Fire Marshal’s Office Fire Suppression and Rescue Resource Distribution. It offered “far more than was anticipated,” according to the deputy minister of protective services in the Yukon government’s Department of Community Services.
At 150 pages, the report is detailed. It shows much good, some bad, and exposes some unsettling tidbits. It provides the government with 104 recommendations as advice.
Response Specialties Consulting encourages Yukon to continue its unique fire protection model by providing oversight to community-based volunteer fire departments and building relations with the municipal fire departments. It enables the people involved for their pride and commitment and recognizes the innovations and problem-solving attributes of those in the fire service.
The report also comes with cautions and concerns that the legislation is not by current practice. The Fire Marshalls office needs to be refreshed, and that there aren’t many members in a few small communities which are operating far under safe levels.
The government stated it is “now analyzing the findings of the review and would work in partnership with stakeholders in Yukon groups, including the Yukon’s valued fire service volunteers, to see next steps to establish fire service delivery to Yukon communities.”
The news gets additional comments from rural communities and will report further later. The report was out. Amber Smith of Keno City says she had completed reading it, and community interest are high.
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