For me, the Silver Creek/Mt. Ida fire changed the way I look at fire-related incidents I respond to.
Following the fire of ‘98, I look at each fire I attend differently.
Before when I attended a structure or house on fire, it was sure stress and excitement battling this “big” blaze. Since the fire of ‘98, when I now attend a structure or other significant fire I think – it’s only one house or one structure, nothing we can’t suppress and stop from spreading.
Brad Shirley, Current Fire Chief, City of Salmon Arm
Photo credit in order of appearance:
1. Jane Shirley, c. 2015
2. James Murray, Salmon Arm Observer, c. 1998