Likely wants community fire hall

Marie Hampton, first responder and trainer. - Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
Marie Hampton, first responder and trainer.
— image credit: Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

The Likely District Volunteer Fire and Rescue Society is setting its sights on getting a fire hall.

Formed in 1994, with two 1,000-gallon pumper trucks and one four by four 350 gallon pumper trunk in its possession, first responder Marie Hampton said it’s time to get the equipment out of the elements and into a proper hall.

“We have seven first responders and three quarters of them have basic fire certification,” Hampton explained. “We aren’t asking for a lot, we just need a good start and we are a third of the way there.”

The society has a piece of property at the junction of Spooner and Keithley Creek Roads.

There are two levels on the property, which makes it ideal, although it needs to be cleared.

One of the society’s founding members, Sue Taylor, said at 81 years of age she cannot be an active responder, but she is still involved with the fundraising.

“We have our ambulance and our seven responders can respond, we just cannot respond to fires yet.”

Once a fire hall is built, the responders can receive more training and will be able to respond to fires within a 13-kilometre radius.

Members hope to start out with a small hall that could grow as the community grows, Hampton said.

To further the fundraising efforts, Cindy Nelson at Dockside Haircuts is holding a raffle until the end of April to raise funds for the new hall and is encouraging any local business to donate.

“Even building supplies would be great,” said Nelson, who also lives in Likely.

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