It’s not the usual workplace situation fire crews have been dealing with these last couple of days, taking calls from complete strangers, having line-ups of people snake around the block up to their driveway, while others tap on windows or wander around the fire hall asking for the free salt that’s been promised by the city.
That’s what some members of Vancouver Fire Rescue have described to CKNW.
And while they say they’ve been happy to help during the unrelenting cold snap, Vancouver Fire Rescue’s Jonathan Gormick says they’ve “underestimated how aggressive people would be about salt.”
Gormick says he understands that the winter conditions are stressing Vancouverites out.
“I can’t fault people for phoning fire halls, who wanted salt were turning up at the sites that were supposed to have it and didn’t have it, and they were just trying to get information.”
He says recent moves by the city to make sure the salt giveaway was more organzied and supervised have been welcomed.
“It has been helpful to have staff on scene to intervene in situations where things got heated yesterday where people were taking more than their fair share of salt.”
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But at Fire Hall 22, which had city workers on scene, people stayed lined up until it was their turn.
Gormick says the crowds have not impacted response times for responding to emergencies that he’s aware of.