FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The federal government to pay for the safety measures required to keep Burnaby residents safe

Burnaby, B.C. Today, MP Peter Julian (New Westminster- Burnaby) joined by Burnaby City Councillor, Sav Dhaliwal, and Burnaby Fire Chief, Chris Bowcock, is calling for the federal government to pay for the safety measures required to keep Burnaby residents safe.

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a commitment to the residents of Burnaby in June 2019 that despite the imposition of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project, he would ensure that Burnaby would have everything necessary to keep the city safe. Since 2019, there has been no further commitment and investment from the Federal government to ensure the safety of the city if the project is built,” Julian said.

“The Burnaby Fire Department estimates that the cost of training and staffing firefighters equipped to protect the community from fires within this proposed hydrocarbon facility  is a staggering $8 million per year. The residents of Burnaby should not have to bear the brunt of the cost,” Dhaliwal asserted.

“Without the annual $8 million funding by the federal government, the lives of Burnaby citizens will be at stake if a fire breaks out in the terminal tank farms. It is crucial that we start hiring additional new firefighters immediately,” Bowcock stated. 

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Media Contact: Doris Mah, Member’s Assistant 604-353-3107 / [email protected]