Discussion pursued on if adults should be forcibly evacuated during emergencies specifically fires during the latest Cariboo Regional District Board Meeting.
Chair Al Richmond says the province is looking at updating the legislative framework for emergency management in BC.
“It’s a proposal, it’s out for discussion so I don’t want someone to suggest the province is wanting to do this. The province is putting it out for discussion. Our Board is going to respond to suggest we’re not comfortable with this…”
Richmond says the CRD would prefer if those who chose to stay during times of evacuation sign a waiver fully understanding that emergency crews will not be coming back for them.
Area K Director Betty Anderson pointed to many people choosing to stay to protect their livelihood of ranching, farm equipment, and livestock and said if the CRD were to endorse the proposal, she knows there would be a huge backlash in her area.
Children 18 years and younger are already required by law to leave.
The CRD is expected to submit their comments to the Provincial Government by April 22, 2016.