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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

 

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

 

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

 

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)
Martyka Sutor, her partner Steven, son Arlo and newborn daughter Maia pose for a photo with firefighters from Surrey’s Hall 17. (Contributed photo)

‘There was no stopping her’: Firefighters deliver baby in B.C. couple’s home

‘It was a day we will never forget’ says South Surrey mother

Martyka Sutor, her partner Steven, son Arlo and newborn daughter Maia pose for a photo with firefighters from Surrey’s Hall 17. (Contributed photo)
Lake Country firefighter Shayla Turcotte shares her story of how she landed in her profession and her experiences along the way. (Contributed)

Lake Country firefighter climbing the professional ladder

‘The crew morale is something you can’t find anywhere else,’ says Shayla Turcotte

  • Mar 6, 2022
Lake Country firefighter Shayla Turcotte shares her story of how she landed in her profession and her experiences along the way. (Contributed)
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‘Should be an alarm bell’: Calls for action after fatal fires on First Nations

Study found First Nations people living on reserves were 10 times more likely to die in a fire

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Eighteen-year-old firefighter Olive Butler stands in front of the Lumby & District Fire Department’s Wildland/ Urban Interface Response Unit. (RDNO photo)

Teenage Lumby firefighter encourages others to follow her career path

The RDNO’s three fire departments are all currently looking to hire paid-on-call firefighters

Eighteen-year-old firefighter Olive Butler stands in front of the Lumby & District Fire Department’s Wildland/ Urban Interface Response Unit. (RDNO photo)
Vernon Fire Rescue Services’ firefighters spent their weekend learning about ice training in the classroom and in the chilly confines of Vernon’s Swan Lake. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Ice day for a dip for Vernon firefighters

Vernon Fire Rescue Services members take ice and cold-water training in classroom and in Swan Lake

Vernon Fire Rescue Services’ firefighters spent their weekend learning about ice training in the classroom and in the chilly confines of Vernon’s Swan Lake. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Benny Hanson, who turned 90 on Feb. 1, 2022, is a pump operator with the Celista Fire Department. (Celista Fire Department image)

90-year-old North Shuswap firefighter has always been one to keep busy

Benny Hanson said his philosophy was ‘change jobs every four years’

Benny Hanson, who turned 90 on Feb. 1, 2022, is a pump operator with the Celista Fire Department. (Celista Fire Department image)
The Lake Country Fire Department spent the day practicing ice rescue skills on Wood Lake Saturday. (Glen Gregory photo)

Vernon firefighters dive into ice training

Fire Rescue Services conducting cold water exercises on Okanagan and Swan lakes

The Lake Country Fire Department spent the day practicing ice rescue skills on Wood Lake Saturday. (Glen Gregory photo)
First Nations’ Emergency Services Society members Dean Colthorp, left, and Reo Jerome pose beside the truck donated to the society Feb. 1 by Esquimalt Fire Rescue. Fire Chief Steve Serbic stands on the engine. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Donated fire truck will help train remote First Nations departments across B.C.

Former Esquimalt truck to be used to build skills, enable better community protection

First Nations’ Emergency Services Society members Dean Colthorp, left, and Reo Jerome pose beside the truck donated to the society Feb. 1 by Esquimalt Fire Rescue. Fire Chief Steve Serbic stands on the engine. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
The Lake Country Fire Department spent the day practicing ice rescue skills on Wood Lake Saturday. (LCFD photo)

Lake Country firefighters warm up ice rescue skills

Wood Lake practice sees a dozen members go for a chilly dip

The Lake Country Fire Department spent the day practicing ice rescue skills on Wood Lake Saturday. (LCFD photo)
A deer that fell through ice in Westwood Lake got a ride to safety aboard Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s rescue boat on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)

Deer rescued after falling through ice on Vancouver Island lake

Nanaimo Fire Rescue and B.C. Conservation Officer Service respond to incident Tuesday, Jan. 25

A deer that fell through ice in Westwood Lake got a ride to safety aboard Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s rescue boat on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)
White Rock firefighters (left to right) Scott Pearson, Capt. Cordell Fulton, Cory McKinnon and Bira Bindra say they were happy to be there to assist in delivering a premature baby girl in a Columbia Avenue residence on Jan. 11. Alex Browne photo

B.C. fire crew helps mom deliver baby at home on the floor

Emergency call for early birth welcomes city of White Rock’s newest resident

White Rock firefighters (left to right) Scott Pearson, Capt. Cordell Fulton, Cory McKinnon and Bira Bindra say they were happy to be there to assist in delivering a premature baby girl in a Columbia Avenue residence on Jan. 11. Alex Browne photo
Volunteer firefighters with North Cedar Volunteer Fire Department braved near-freezing waters to save a dog that was seen struggling for its life after falling through ice on Holden Lake in Hemer Park south of Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Dog rescued after falling through ice on lake near Nanaimo

Volunteer firefighters mount water rescue after dog seen struggling for its life in Hemer Park

Volunteer firefighters with North Cedar Volunteer Fire Department braved near-freezing waters to save a dog that was seen struggling for its life after falling through ice on Holden Lake in Hemer Park south of Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)