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Four properties have been added to the Naramata Fire Service Area. (Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen map)

Properties added to Naramata Fire Service Area

Expansion affects Kettle Ridge subdvision near Penticton

 

Firefighters-Cancer 20220505 Vancouver firefighter Jenn Dawkins, shown in a handout photo, lobbied for breast cancer to be included in British Columbia’s legislation as a presumed occupational illness covered by the province’s health and safety agency for workers. Three years later, she would be diagnosed with the disease that is a top killer of firefighters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-David Harcus

Firefighters say recognition of their cancer risk is tough battle across Canada

British Columbia recently amended the Workers Compensation Act to include three more cancers

 

Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the B.C. Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Vaccine policy to remain in place for B.C. Wildfire Service

All B.C. government employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

  • Apr 27, 2022

 

Firefighters from around British Columbia participated in the 2022 Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire Training Symposium on the weekend. The engine boss training took place in a development in Summerland where homeowners volunteered to provide property access to training crews which were simulating an urban interface fire scenario. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Firefighters participate in wildfire training in South Okanagan

Six Summerland firefighters participated in preparation for upcoming season

Firefighters from around British Columbia participated in the 2022 Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire Training Symposium on the weekend. The engine boss training took place in a development in Summerland where homeowners volunteered to provide property access to training crews which were simulating an urban interface fire scenario. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
A site has been identified for the Apex Fire and Rescue Service hall. (Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen image)

Crown land identified for Apex Mountain fire hall

Apex Fire and Rescue Service was established through referendum in 2020

A site has been identified for the Apex Fire and Rescue Service hall. (Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen image)
Falkland Fire Chief Troy Ricard, second from right, and members of the Falkland Fire Department receive the CSRD's Fire Department of the Year trophy from Sean Coubrough, Fire Services Coordinator, far right. (Contributed)

Falkland department honoured for exceptional firefighting

‘They stayed behind to keep our community safe’

Falkland Fire Chief Troy Ricard, second from right, and members of the Falkland Fire Department receive the CSRD's Fire Department of the Year trophy from Sean Coubrough, Fire Services Coordinator, far right. (Contributed)
The Naramata Fire Department is seeking to purchase a water tender at a cost of up to $325,000. Earlier in April, 2022, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen approved the purchase of a bush truck for this fire department. (Black Press file photo)

Water truck purchase approved for Naramata Fire Department

Fire department is also purchasing a second fire truck

The Naramata Fire Department is seeking to purchase a water tender at a cost of up to $325,000. Earlier in April, 2022, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen approved the purchase of a bush truck for this fire department. (Black Press file photo)
Retired firefighter Red Bosscha, middle left, was presented with the Canadian Volunteer Firefighter Services Association Medal for over 40 years of service at a recent dinner. RDOS directors Tim Roberts, left, and George Bush, middle right, presented the award alongside acting Keremeos Mayor Arden Holly, right. (Submitted)

Keremeos volunteer firefighters recognized for years of service

Firefighters past and presented were recognized with medals at a recent dinner

Retired firefighter Red Bosscha, middle left, was presented with the Canadian Volunteer Firefighter Services Association Medal for over 40 years of service at a recent dinner. RDOS directors Tim Roberts, left, and George Bush, middle right, presented the award alongside acting Keremeos Mayor Arden Holly, right. (Submitted)
The under-construction Water’s Edge building on Truswell Road in Kelowna engulfed in flames moments before it collapsed on July 8, 2017. (File)

‘Brutally understaffed’ to combat high-rise blazes: Retired Kelowna firefighter

‘We have 120 firefighters on staff, but a minimum of 23 on shift,’ said Kelowna Fire Chief Travis Whiting

The under-construction Water’s Edge building on Truswell Road in Kelowna engulfed in flames moments before it collapsed on July 8, 2017. (File)
Martyka Sutor, her partner Steven, son Arlo and newborn daughter Maia pose for a photo with firefighters from Surrey’s Hall 17. (Contributed photo)

‘There was no stopping her’: Firefighters deliver baby in B.C. couple’s home

‘It was a day we will never forget’ says South Surrey mother

Martyka Sutor, her partner Steven, son Arlo and newborn daughter Maia pose for a photo with firefighters from Surrey’s Hall 17. (Contributed photo)
Lake Country firefighter Shayla Turcotte shares her story of how she landed in her profession and her experiences along the way. (Contributed)

Lake Country firefighter climbing the professional ladder

‘The crew morale is something you can’t find anywhere else,’ says Shayla Turcotte

  • Mar 10, 2022
Lake Country firefighter Shayla Turcotte shares her story of how she landed in her profession and her experiences along the way. (Contributed)
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‘Should be an alarm bell’: Calls for action after fatal fires on First Nations

Study found First Nations people living on reserves were 10 times more likely to die in a fire

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Eighteen-year-old firefighter Olive Butler stands in front of the Lumby & District Fire Department’s Wildland/ Urban Interface Response Unit. (RDNO photo)

Teenage Lumby firefighter encourages others to follow her career path

The RDNO’s three fire departments are all currently looking to hire paid-on-call firefighters

Eighteen-year-old firefighter Olive Butler stands in front of the Lumby & District Fire Department’s Wildland/ Urban Interface Response Unit. (RDNO photo)
Benny Hanson, who turned 90 on Feb. 1, 2022, is a pump operator with the Celista Fire Department. (Celista Fire Department image)

90-year-old North Shuswap firefighter has always been one to keep busy

Benny Hanson said his philosophy was ‘change jobs every four years’

Benny Hanson, who turned 90 on Feb. 1, 2022, is a pump operator with the Celista Fire Department. (Celista Fire Department image)
First Nations’ Emergency Services Society members Dean Colthorp, left, and Reo Jerome pose beside the truck donated to the society Feb. 1 by Esquimalt Fire Rescue. Fire Chief Steve Serbic stands on the engine. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Donated fire truck will help train remote First Nations departments across B.C.

Former Esquimalt truck to be used to build skills, enable better community protection

First Nations’ Emergency Services Society members Dean Colthorp, left, and Reo Jerome pose beside the truck donated to the society Feb. 1 by Esquimalt Fire Rescue. Fire Chief Steve Serbic stands on the engine. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A deer that fell through ice in Westwood Lake got a ride to safety aboard Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s rescue boat on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)

Deer rescued after falling through ice on Vancouver Island lake

Nanaimo Fire Rescue and B.C. Conservation Officer Service respond to incident Tuesday, Jan. 25

A deer that fell through ice in Westwood Lake got a ride to safety aboard Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s rescue boat on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)
White Rock firefighters (left to right) Scott Pearson, Capt. Cordell Fulton, Cory McKinnon and Bira Bindra say they were happy to be there to assist in delivering a premature baby girl in a Columbia Avenue residence on Jan. 11. Alex Browne photo

B.C. fire crew helps mom deliver baby at home on the floor

Emergency call for early birth welcomes city of White Rock’s newest resident

White Rock firefighters (left to right) Scott Pearson, Capt. Cordell Fulton, Cory McKinnon and Bira Bindra say they were happy to be there to assist in delivering a premature baby girl in a Columbia Avenue residence on Jan. 11. Alex Browne photo
Volunteer firefighters with North Cedar Volunteer Fire Department braved near-freezing waters to save a dog that was seen struggling for its life after falling through ice on Holden Lake in Hemer Park south of Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Dog rescued after falling through ice on lake near Nanaimo

Volunteer firefighters mount water rescue after dog seen struggling for its life in Hemer Park

Volunteer firefighters with North Cedar Volunteer Fire Department braved near-freezing waters to save a dog that was seen struggling for its life after falling through ice on Holden Lake in Hemer Park south of Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A helicopter crashed in Oliver Thursday afternoon. (Oliver Fire Department)

Helicopter crash, tractor rollovers and wildfires push Oliver Fire Department to record year

The department saw an almost 50 per cent increase in calls from 2020

A helicopter crashed in Oliver Thursday afternoon. (Oliver Fire Department)
A fire was ignited in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Fire sparked in snow-covered Kal Park forest near Vernon

Hikers discovered small fire in Coldstream provincial park

A fire was ignited in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. (Submitted photo)