by Barbara Roden
The Ashcroft Volunteer Fire Department was one of the first emergency services to arrive in Cache Creek after receiving a request for mutual aid. Ten members responded to the 6pm call, and remained in Cache Creek until nearly 11pm.
“It was a trying time for the residents,” said Ashcroft Fire Chief Josh White, “but the way in which everyone responded was exemplary, considering the scope of the emergency and how spread out we all were.”
White praised the good response from all the emergency services that turned out, and said that the Cache Creek team really shone that night. “The crews [Ashcroft and Cache Creek] worked well together.” Speaking about the devastation to the Cache Creek Fire Hall and fire equipment, White said, “From a fire chief’s point of view it was heartbreaking. But it was really good to see the unified effort of the Cache Creek and Ashcroft firefighters to get the equipment out.
“I also want to recognize the ambulance service for being there at a moment’s notice,” he added. They were set up in the parking lot of the Community Hall and ready to go in any direction if they were needed.”
Ashcroft CAO Michelle Allen said that the Village of Ashcroft provided two dump trucks and a backhoe, along with a three-man crew, to assist in the cleanup on Monday and Tuesday. “The offer still stands of any help that we can provide,” she added.