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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

  • Jul 31, 2022

 

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)
Supreme cuteness factor of 2040 recruits on the engine. (Image: Samantha Day Photography / District of Lake Country)

Lake Country needs firefighters

The District of Lake Country is recruiting paid-on-call firefighters

Supreme cuteness factor of 2040 recruits on the engine. (Image: Samantha Day Photography / District of Lake Country)
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)
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

  • Jul 5, 2022
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)
Vernon Fire Rescue

Wildfire sparked in Vernon ravine

Firefighters douse wildland blaze off Pottery Road

Vernon 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

  • May 29, 2022
Kelowna fire truck. (File photo)
Vernon Fire Rescue

80-litre fuel spill cleaned up in Vernon

More than $160 worth of gas lost in breakdown

Vernon Fire Rescue
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
Vernon firefighters extinguished a fully involved storage shed fire that damaged the siding of a neighbouring apartment building on 27 Avenue Saturday, April 30, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Two overnight fires damage Vernon apartment, scorch trees

Incidents within hours of each other overnight

Vernon firefighters extinguished a fully involved storage shed fire that damaged the siding of a neighbouring apartment building on 27 Avenue Saturday, April 30, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Female students got a real feel for what it’s like to be a firefighter at the Vernon Fire Rescue Service. (VFRS photo)

Female Vernon students discover what it’s like to be a firefighter

A student training day was led by Lt. Allyson Reich, Vernon’s first female firefighter with 18 years experience

Female students got a real feel for what it’s like to be a firefighter at the Vernon Fire Rescue Service. (VFRS photo)
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

  • Apr 27, 2022
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)
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)
Carr’s Landing Station 81 outfitting its new bush truck April 11, 2022 (District of Lake Country/Facebook)

Carr’s Landing Station 81 gets new bush truck just ahead of fire season

The fire station had been waiting a year for the truck to arrive

  • Apr 12, 2022
Carr’s Landing Station 81 outfitting its new bush truck April 11, 2022 (District of Lake Country/Facebook)
The under-construction Water’s Edge building on Truswell Road in Kelowna engulfed in flames moments before it collapsed on July 8, 2017. (File)

‘Brutally understaffed’ to combat high-rise blazes: Retired Kelowna firefighter

‘We have 120 firefighters on staff, but a minimum of 23 on shift,’ said Kelowna Fire Chief Travis Whiting

The under-construction Water’s Edge building on Truswell Road in Kelowna engulfed in flames moments before it collapsed on July 8, 2017. (File)
Ron Ewert has been named the new fire chief for North Westside. He starts Feb. 22. (RDCO photo)

New North Westside fire chief resigns

Ron Ewert had been at the hall for only a month

Ron Ewert has been named the new fire chief for North Westside. He starts Feb. 22. (RDCO photo)