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Kelowna Fire Department Chief Travis Whiting. (File photo)

Still a ladder to climb on Kelowna fire staffing: Chief

‘We will continue to work on resourcing, training, and equipping our front-line responders’

 

Keremeos Creek fire was estimated at 437 hectares as of Sunday (July 31) morning (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

Minimal overnight growth at Keremeos Creek fire

Saturday’s evacuation and air quality alerts remain in effect

 

Fire truck. (Morning Star file photo)

Heat has Vernon firefighters on wildfire alert

Fire Rescue Services preparing for increased risk of wildfire conditions

Fire truck. (Morning Star file photo)
Guests of the Fairfield Marriott on Eckhartd Ave. were forced to evacuate after a fire broke out in the roof of a 4th floor unit Monday. Firefighters are seen here gearing up to go inside. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Fire forces 120 Penticton hotel guests to be displaced

Fairfield Marriott has closed with hopes of re-opening sometime during BC Day weekend

Guests of the Fairfield Marriott on Eckhartd Ave. were forced to evacuate after a fire broke out in the roof of a 4th floor unit Monday. Firefighters are seen here gearing up to go inside. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has authorized borrowing for the purchase of two fire trucks for the Naramata Fire Department. (File photo)

Borrowing approved for Naramata fire trucks

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen passes bylaw to allow borrowing of up to $400,000

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has authorized borrowing for the purchase of two fire trucks for the Naramata Fire Department. (File photo)
A fire at a 20th Street townhouse late Monday, July 18. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Arson arrest made in suspicious explosive Vernon fire

Glass and debris strewn across road, no one was home in any of the three units

A fire at a 20th Street townhouse late Monday, July 18. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The community came out in force to celebrate the Oliver Fire Department’s 100th birthday bash on July 9. (OFD Facebook)

Oliver Fire Department celebrates 100 years with the community

The fire hall was packed with people for the anniversary bash

The community came out in force to celebrate the Oliver Fire Department’s 100th birthday bash on July 9. (OFD Facebook)
Kayla and son Jaxon Butts have their photo taken with local Rapattack members who provided them with a short ride in a fire services helicopter. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm firefighters help fill adventure wishlist of child in palliative care

Ride in Rapattack helicopter arranged for 4-year-old Jaxon Butts

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Kayla and son Jaxon Butts have their photo taken with local Rapattack members who provided them with a short ride in a fire services helicopter. (Contributed)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews were able to rescue a beagle from a drain pipe Friday, July 1. (Photos courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)

B.C. firefighters rescue dog trapped in drain pipe after ‘yelp for help’

Firefighters fasten blanket to fire hose to create ‘Q-tip’ to pull out panicked pooch

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews were able to rescue a beagle from a drain pipe Friday, July 1. (Photos courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)
Firefighter Bo Kutsiuruba, 6th from left, with volunteers with Firefighter Aid Ukraine. (Submitted)

Kelowna fire department donates to Ukrainian war effort

Ukrainian-born fireman delivers trailer full of equipment

Firefighter Bo Kutsiuruba, 6th from left, with volunteers with Firefighter Aid Ukraine. (Submitted)
Kelowna fire truck. (File photo)

Kelowna high-rise fire accidental

No injuries were reported

Kelowna fire truck. (File photo)
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

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

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
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

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)
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)