For generations, we’ve relied on Saskatchewan’s fire tower observers to keep a watchful eye out for northern wildfires.
But government is putting the safety of your family, your home and community at risk by replacing these dedicated and skilled workers with remote camera technology. Do you really want to have the safety of your home relying on unproven and unreliable technology?
How safe will a video camera system be? Who knows?
The government has said that it will cost $1.5 million to install the video camera system. That’s a lot of money.
But what about ongoing maintenance? The plan is to locate the cameras on top of the existing fire towers. High tech equipment exposed to extreme weather conditions will need frequent maintenance. Who will provide this service?
And what will it cost? If technicians are regularly brought in by helicopter, the cost will skyrocket.
Cutting jobs for local people doesn’t make sense. Fire tower observers are part of our northern communities. They live and work in the area. They spend money in local businesses, send their children to local schools, volunteer at community events. We want to keep our communities strong by keeping jobs here.