Village of Zeballos reinstates fire service after volunteers step up

Residents of Zeballos, B.C., and the neighbouring Ehattesaht First Nation can breathe a sigh of relief now that the area’s fire department has been reinstated. 

In May, the village announced it could no longer provide fire service because its department — which is staffed by volunteers — had too few members, who hadn’t had enough training.

Zeballos, population 126, sits on an inlet on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island at the end of what is essentially a logging road, 86 kilometres from Port McNeill, the nearest town. 

When council suspended fire service, it immediately put out a call for new volunteers and got together with other governing bodies to try to find a

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