Emergency Management BC & Road Rescue Services

Year
2011
Category
Justice and Protective Services
NCLGA Ref#
B18
UBCM Ref#
B4

Status

Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships

Details

WHEREAS Emergency Management BC is initiating a major policy review in 2011 and their current policy regarding road rescue services is to provide a provincial task number for road rescue responses outside of a municipal boundary, but not within a municipal boundary;

AND WHEREAS there are some municipalities in BC with very large rural boundaries that contain resource or similar roads that are wilderness and remote in nature, yet are accessed by tourists and others, increasing the frequency of motor vehicle accidents requiring a municipal response:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA & UBCM lobby the Province of BC (Emergency Management BC) to develop policy exceptions that provide a provincial task number to a municipality responding to a road rescue in a wilderness or remote area within a municipal boundary.

Additional Information

UBCM Comments:

The UBCM membership has consistently endorsed resolutions requesting reimbursement for costs associated with responding to motor vehicle accidents (2006-B64; 2005-B4; 2004-B6; 2001-B6; 2001-B8; 2000-B15). However, members have not previously considered a resolution requesting that the Province fund a municipality responding to a road rescue in a wilderness or remote area within a municipal boundary.

Currently, the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) reimburses fire departments that respond to police or ambulance calls in the unorganized areas of the province at a rate set by policy. PEP also provides WCB and liability coverage for these calls and reimburses for repair or replacement of lost or damaged equipment. The current policy and reimbursement rates for out of boundary road rescue calls were developed through the deliberations of a road rescue task group.