Hot shots or warm bodies?

Last week, Pat Bell announced he would be assigning 16 forests and range staff to "accelerate" the completion of wildfire protection plans. But do those staff have any forest fire management qualifications? And what about rumours some of them are near retirement? Well, this is what Minister Bell had to say when we put those questions to him after a government caucus meeting. During the interview, he also said the initiative would be a year-long project with the goal of "getting the majority of our communities covered with protection plans."

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