As our West Shore community grows, the requirements of Fire Fighting services will grow, too. So, the municipal fire chiefs are working very diligently together to find ways for greater efficiency in a cost effective manner to keep our families safe. Every fire department has something to offer.

New technologies and innovative ways to think about fire and its behaviour are making a real difference in the way firefighters work in Canadian forests. Here are a few of those new firefighting technologies, some of which are still being tested:

• ‘Safeguard’ is a continuous water curtain technology system that uses 120 water sprinkler cannons — some of which can pump out up to 1,250 gallons of water per minute — to create a more than 180-metre-wide water curtain between the wildfire and a town. Fort St. James is testing this system.