Damage to the Ocean Ridge complex at Five Corners is extensive following the May 15 fire.

Five Corners fire review requested

White Rock residents say an incident investigation of what went right and what went wrong in recent emergency would help planning

Two White Rock residents are requesting a formal incident investigation into the fire that devastated condos and buildings at Five Corners on May 15.

The aim of such an investigation, Donna Mason and Dorothy Bower told council at  Monday’s meeting, would be to “assure White Rock residents of their city’s emergency preparedness.”

Mason, who said she is a “concerned citizen,” and Bower – who owned a condo in the Ocean Ridge complex that was the residence of her son –  said that an incident report, with lessons learned, would be a prudent response to the fire.

“This was not a drill or an exercise – this was a real-life event,” Bower told council.

“We need to engage the public while this is fresh in mind,” Mason said.

“This is not to find fault, not to point fingers, not with any agenda, but (to look at) what went right, what went wrong and how could we have been better prepared.”

The delegates also called for an update to the city’s emergency preparedeness plan, bylaws and OCP to address increased density of wooden structures; a risk assessment for multiple fires resulting from an earthquake; a formalization of the emergency water-supply agreement with Surrey and an investigation into why water became discolored and residents lost water supply for several hours as a result of firefighting efforts.

Among shortcomings in communication, they noted, was that, while White Rock’s website has information on how individuals can prepare for emergencies, the city’s overall emergency preparedness plan cannot be accessed.

In response to questions from Coun. Helen Fathers and Coun. Lynne Sinclair, city administrator Dan Bottrill acknowledged that White Rock’s plan is not currently online.

“It could be,” he said, noting the document is a lengthy one.

“A Google search turns up Richmond’s emergency plan,” Mason noted.

Mayor Wayne Baldwin said he hoped any investigation would include the results of the Fire Underwriters Survey of the city.

“In the past we’ve passed that with flying colours – I assume that’s still the case.”

A motion by Fathers to refer the presentation to staff for a report was carried by council.

 

Just Posted

South Surrey mom optimistic changes ahead for recovery homes

Maggie Plett met with Min. Judy Darcy Thursday

Surrey lotto winner plans to spoil his kids

Attila Kelemen won $500K in the Daily Grand draw, held on July 8

Uphill battle for Cloverdale cyclist, 64, and her daughters in Cypress Challenge charity ride

Robyn Wells has lost both of her parents and two uncles to pancreatic cancer

Surrey mayor dissolves public safety committee, creates one for police transition

Locke slams the move, saying who McCallum appoints to the committee will be ‘a very large tell’

Canadian national softball team wins second straight Canada Cup

Team Canada defeats Texas-based Scrapyard International in gold-medal game Sunday in South Surrey

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

Trudeau says over the decades she has been suicidal, manic, depressed

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

B.C.-wide police efforts identify Vancouver Island robbery suspect

Warrant issued for arrest of North Vancouver man for TD Bank robbery

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Most Read

l -->