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B.C. chief calls for more First Nations firefighters

02/01/2013 02:07 EST | Updated 04/03/2013 05:12 EDT
A First Nations chief in British Columbia says a fire that destroyed a house on a reserve this week should be a wake up call for other communities without fire services.

Carrier Sekani Tribal Chief Terry Teegee lives on a reserve near Prince George, where a home burned to the ground because there were no fire services to respond to the blaze.

No one was injured, but Teegee fears the result could have been much worse.

"God forbid if somebody gets trapped inside. I wouldn't want to see that scenario," he said.

The reserve is outside Prince George's fire protection boundaries, so city fire crews weren't allowed to respond.

Teegee says a number of other reserves in the north are in a similar situation. He's hoping to change that by training more First Nations fire fighters to serve their communities.

"You know if you're a community that's over 100 [people], you need some sort of capacity for an emergency that could happen right away."

Teegee has contacted a Lower Mainland organization that trains First Nations firefighters about setting up an office in Prince George.

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