Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Inmates Play Vital Role in Managing B.C.'S Worst-Ever Wildfire Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Inmates Play Vital Role in Managing B.C.'S Worst-Ever Wildfire Season

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B.C. inmates assist in battle against wildfires

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VANCOUVER - As British Columbia's worst-ever wildfire season winds down, provincial inmates are being recognized for their help in the supporting the fire-fighting effort.

The Ministry of Public Safety says inmates from four correctional centres were instrumental in helping crews on the fire lines.

Inmates from jails in Maple Ridge and Prince George managed camp inventory and took part in setting up and dismantling base camps, while a crew from the Ford Mountain facility in Chilliwack inspected, tested and repaired tools, such as axes and shovels.

A ministry news release says crews from Nanaimo Correctional Centre repaired, cleaned and dried thousands of fire hoses, resulting in savings amounting to tens of thousands of dollars. …

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