Volunteer departments see changes in incident calls

The nature of regional district volunteer fire department’s incident calls has been changing in recent years,


The nature of regional district volunteer fire department’s incident calls has been changing in recent years, the Protective Services Committee heard at the December 20 regional district board meeting.

Regional district fire departments’ calls to structure fires made up less than 2.5 per cent of total call volumes, while 50 per cent of all fire calls were of a first responder nature, the committee was told.

Penticton accounted for 69 per cent of all calls made by dispatch in the regional district, up to the third quarter of 2012, with Kaleden taking up 1.3 per cent.  Okanagan Falls took 4.6 per cent of all calls, with Keremeos at 2.8 per cent and Hedley at one per cent.

Okanagan Falls led all departments in first responder calls, at 100. Surprisingly, Okanagan Falls and Keremeos both shared the same number of structure fires, at six.

There were no high angle rescues performed by regional district fire departments in 2012.


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