Members of the Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department were kept busy on the Labour Day long weekend as they were called out to two structure fires outside of the department’s fire protection area.
A structure fire on Sumac Road, south of Cawston on Friday evening had the KVFD responding on behalf of the B.C. Forest Service, as the structure fire spread to surrounding grasslands and sage brush. The structure fire took place in an unprotected area, and was believed to be a total loss. Moderate winds at the time was causing the fire to spread towards nearby brush by the time forestry crews arrived on scene.
On Saturday, Keremeos responded to a mutual aid call in Princeton, as the department there received two fire calls within minutes of each other. Keremeos assisted the Princeton volunteers with a sawdust fire while they looked after a structure fire of their own.
Kaleden, and Okanagan Falls had light weekend action by comparison, with Okanagan Falls receiving only an alarm activation call.Kaleden had no calls.
In other department news, a long serving Keremeos volunteer firefighter was recently fired by the regional district.
The firefighter had been seeking redress, requesting that he be reinstated.
The matter is not yet settled and the firefighter is currently contemplating his next course of action; at present little more is being said of the issue by either party.