Vernon city firefighters kept busy during 2013

Vernon firefighters responded to two blazes at the landfill and 37 structure fires last year. - morning star file photo
Vernon firefighters responded to two blazes at the landfill and 37 structure fires last year.
— image credit: morning star file photo

There weren’t many quiet moments for Vernon firefighters last year.

The fire department’s 2013 annual report indicates there were two major blazes at the landfill,  37 structure fires, a large-scale hazardous material incident in downtown Vernon and two fires at the Capri Gardens apartment.

On top of this, the department brought the downtown and Okanagan Landing halls under one command structure, assumed management of the regional fire training centre and focused on training.

“Vernon Fire Rescue Services completed some important initiatives in 2013, with a focus on a service delivery model that is aligned with council’s direction and current fiscal realities,” said fire chief Keith Green.

“Looking forward, more of the same collaboration and teamwork harnessed in 2013 will further assist VFRS in delivering our services in the most effective, efficient and responsible manner possible.”

In addition, firefighters conducted multiple community fire and life safety educational events, and they volunteered hundreds of off-duty hours to raise more than $24,000 for charity.

The 2013 annual report also highlights the activities of North Okanagan Emergency Management.

“NOEM and emergency social services responded to several high-profile incidents in 2013, including the evacuation of 300 residents — the largest in the city’s history — during the Ellison park interface fire,” said Brent Watson, the city’s emergency program co-ordinator.

There were also two major floods in Lumby and 31 other emergency incidents requiring evacuation of impacted residents.

“These events required more than 1,100 hours of operational support by 119 volunteers — six times busier proportionately than the City of Vancouver,” said Watson.



We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Emission limits set for B.C. LNG producers
Upgrades completed at Lake Country facility
Old BC Hydro dams could be removed
Family of B.C. man shot by police slams RCMP
Operation Popcorn thanks transplant staff
Waneta Compensation Program distributes cash to five projects
Candidate steps forward for Nelson-Creston Liberals
Nelson police issue commendations for integrity, hard work
Be more bear aware

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.