Last month, we asked Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman about the concerns British Columbia fire chiefs have with the Campbell administration's controversial decision to allow taller wood-frame buildings. In response, Minister Coleman said, "Sean, that's absolutely not true. You've got a couple fire chiefs that have concerns." But now, another official has been added to that list. The Province's Kent Spence reports the Richmond Fire Department has doubts about that decision because, according to fire prevention officer David Clou, "Increasing the height will exceed the 60-foot reach of the city's ladder trucks by as much as 40 feet."
March 2, 2009