Newer recruits bring youth and enthusiasm

Keremeos and District Volunteer FD has a number of new recruits that offer the department youthful versatility and an interest in learning

Keremeos and District Volunteer Fire Department has a number of new recruits that offer the department youthful versatility and an interest in learning. Above all, they enjoy the opportunity that being a firefighter gives them to assist the community.

David Schwetje

David Schwetje is one of the Keremeos and District Volunteer Fire Department’s newest recruits, having started under the department’s unique student training program last September.

“My dad was on the department, and I always looked up to him for that,” Schwetje said. He is also committed to giving something back to the community.

“I hope I’ll be able to help people,” he said, “that’s my main reason for joining.”

Schwetje said he enjoys practices, especially those involving vehicle extrication using Jaws and other powerful hydraulic tools.

“Taking apart a car is always fun,” he said.

Schwetje said he found the firehall environment “a little intimidating at first” but found things got friendly very quickly.  He has already been on a call involving a fully involved structure, which he found adrenalin pumping.

“I did what I could to help,” he said.

John Periera

John Periera has been on the Keremeos and District Volunteer Fire Department for two years now. The 38 year old had a friend in the department who encouraged him.

“I’m always interested in learning new things,” he said, “and in joining up their was a bonus, in that I made a whole bunch of new friends.”

Periera  enjoys the challenges of each call, noting there are always things that don’t go according to plan, and each incident had to be approached in a thoughtful manner.

“In practises, I learn something new each week,” he said, “and the other firefighters are good at keeping things light and upbeat – they’re a good group of people.”

Jesse Walters

Jesse Walters has been on the Keremeos and District Volunteer Fire Department for a year and a half. The 28 year old and his wife, who teaches, bought a house in the area  and  wanted to do something to help out in the community, as well as meet people.

“Joining the fire department has exceeded my expectations with respect to what I hoped to get out of it,” he said. “I’ve learned things in the past year and half that I didn’t think I’d learn in 10 years.”

Walters finds responding to a call much like engaging in a sports activity.

“There’s an adrenalin rush, and that need to be on top of the situation,” he said.

Walters spoke to a number of members already on the department before applying. He also had family in Kamloops who were volunteer firefighters, so, as  he said, he “knew what I was getting into.”

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Rockslide closes Coquihalla northbound

Highway 5 is closed in both directions according to DriveBC

Okanagan a hot spot for film industry

Despite wet, smoky year Okanagan attracts $30 million in film production

Mamas for Mamas founder survives with new lease on life

Kelowna’s Shannon Christensen escaped a dangerous situation and lived to tell about it

Similkameen farms highlighted in foodie show

Several local spots are highlighted in this year’s season of Quest Out West: Wild Food

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Philadelphia Eagles headed to Super Bowl

After routing the Minnesota Vikings 38-7, they will face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

Heavy snowfall closes Mount Washington on Vancouver Island

Road to ski resort deemed unsafe, vehicles buried under more than three feet of snow

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued B.C. snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Albas: Canada Jobs program being politicized

Conservative MP Dan Albas’ weekly column takes on the student summer job plan

Lawsuit claims medication mishandling at Penticton’s hospital

The claimant says her doctor ramped up her bipolar medication before cutting her off

Coquihalla drivers prepare for snow

Wintry conditions persist, with snow warnings for Coquihalla

Tychonik continues scoring run

Vees chalk up another win with Pink in the Rink

Most Read