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West Kelowna firefighters practice swiftwater rescue techniques in the Shuswap River in Cherryville April 20. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

West Kelowna firefighters make a splash in North Okanagan

Swift water rescue training brings team to Cherryville’s Shuswap River

 

A vehicle that was driven through the wall of a parkade at Uptown Shopping Centre and into the nearby Walmart on April 9 was removed through another hole in the wall later that night. (Photo via Saanich Police Department and Ayush Kakkar)

Vehicle launched into B.C. Walmart removed following rescue of trapped workers

Crews cut new hole in parkade wall to remove vehicle safely

 

Bean, a small dog, got her head stuck in the reclining mechanism of a couch on Wednesday night. (Facebook/Kamloops Fire Rescue)

Kamloops fire crews free pup trapped in couch

‘We don’t rescue cats out of trees anymore… but we do occasionally rescue dogs out of reclining couches!’

 

BX-Swan Lake fire chief Bill Wacey investigates a suspicious grass fire, which was sparked next to the BC Hydro substation early Monday, March 22, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Potentially explosive grass fire snuffed near Vernon substation

Camp fire deemed suspicious, fireworks found nearby

BX-Swan Lake fire chief Bill Wacey investigates a suspicious grass fire, which was sparked next to the BC Hydro substation early Monday, March 22, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon Fire Rescue and RCMP respond to a dumpster fire in the 4000 block of 32nd Street Monday morning, March 22, 2021. (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)

UPDATE: Fireworks suspected in Vernon dumpster fire

Small blaze not threatening any structures under investigation

Vernon Fire Rescue and RCMP respond to a dumpster fire in the 4000 block of 32nd Street Monday morning, March 22, 2021. (Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star)
Ice rescue on Shannon Lake. Phil McLachlan, Kelowna Capital News.

‘Ice season is over’; West Kelowna crews rescue man from icy lake

A man in his 60’s was pulled from the waters of Shannon Lake after falling through

Ice rescue on Shannon Lake. Phil McLachlan, Kelowna Capital News.
Lake Country firefighters helped deliver a healthy newborn baby Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Pixabay)

Lake Country firefighters help deliver baby boy

Firefighters from the Winfield hall assisted with the birth of a healthy newborn Thursday morning

Lake Country firefighters helped deliver a healthy newborn baby Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Pixabay)
The Oliver Fire Department’s “new” truck was built with the help of various local companies. It was completed Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Oliver Fire Dept. / Facebook)

It takes a town to build a truck: The Oliver Fire Department gets creative

Ingenuity and local connections played an important role in the upgrading fire truck

The Oliver Fire Department’s “new” truck was built with the help of various local companies. It was completed Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Oliver Fire Dept. / Facebook)
The fire training centre is used by area firefighters (paid and on-call) to practice skills in a live burn building. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Support snuffed for North Okanagan fire training centre

Following the City of Vernon’s suit, all member jurisdictions have dropped out…

The fire training centre is used by area firefighters (paid and on-call) to practice skills in a live burn building. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton (left) and Regional District North Okanagan Electoral Area D Rural Lumby director Rick Fairbairn (right) congratulate members of the Lumby and District Fire Department for receiving gold pin awards in response to a rollover accident in July 2020. (RDNO Photo)

Lumby firefighters golden in duty

Company presents firefighters with gold pin for heroic efforts following rollover crash

Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton (left) and Regional District North Okanagan Electoral Area D Rural Lumby director Rick Fairbairn (right) congratulate members of the Lumby and District Fire Department for receiving gold pin awards in response to a rollover accident in July 2020. (RDNO Photo)
A truck backed into the wall of the Meditteranean Market in Vernon on 48th Avenue Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Truck backs into Vernon building

No one hurt in Friday morning incident

A truck backed into the wall of the Meditteranean Market in Vernon on 48th Avenue Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
The Regional District of North Okanagan is losing Vernon as a partner, but plans are to keep the burn building for other firefighters to train at. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star file photo)

Vernon snuffs support of fire training centre

Other regional firefighters assured access to burn building

The Regional District of North Okanagan is losing Vernon as a partner, but plans are to keep the burn building for other firefighters to train at. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star file photo)
Karl Featherstone's wife and young children are grieving the sudden death of the Lake Country firefigher. (Contributed)

Fallen Lake Country firefighter honoured, family support sought

Procession Sunday, Nov. 8 for Karl Featherstone, GoFundMe set up to help family

Karl Featherstone's wife and young children are grieving the sudden death of the Lake Country firefigher. (Contributed)
The Lake Country Fire Department is mourning the loss of Karl Featherstone who died suddenly at 47 years old on Oct. 11. (Photo Submitted)

Lake Country Fire Department mourns sudden death of firefighter

47-year-old Karl Featherstone died on Oct. 11.

The Lake Country Fire Department is mourning the loss of Karl Featherstone who died suddenly at 47 years old on Oct. 11. (Photo Submitted)
Vernon Fire Rescue Services members along with Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers transport an injured child to a waiting ambulance near Polson Park Sunday, Oct. 4. RCMP said the youth fell off the bridge and was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

UPDATED: Vernon child suffers injuries in fall off bridge

Incident happened near Highway 6 railway bridge and Polson Park Sunday, Oct. 4

Vernon Fire Rescue Services members along with Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers transport an injured child to a waiting ambulance near Polson Park Sunday, Oct. 4. RCMP said the youth fell off the bridge and was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Brady Bloomer, maintenance operator with the Lake Country Fire Department, at the Oyama hall Sept. 29, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Answering the call: Oyama fire hall in need of paid-on-call firefighters

The hall is currently at half of its full complement of 22 firefighters, and seeking new recruits

Brady Bloomer, maintenance operator with the Lake Country Fire Department, at the Oyama hall Sept. 29, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
This photo provided by the Unified Fire Authority shows a Utah fire crew member on the scene working to protect the town of Butte Falls in southern Oregon on Sunday, Sept. 13. 2020. This year’s fires have taxed the human, mechanical and financial resources of the nation’s wildfire fighting forces to a degree that few past blazes did. And half of the fire season is yet to come. Heat, drought, and a strategic decision to attack the flames early combined with other factors to put a historically heavy burden on fire teams. (Matthew McFarland/Unified Fire Authority via AP)

B.C., Alberta sending nearly 300 fire personnel by Friday to help battle wildfires in Oregon

Some 230 firefighters, most from British Columbia but including a number from Alberta, will be deployed Friday

This photo provided by the Unified Fire Authority shows a Utah fire crew member on the scene working to protect the town of Butte Falls in southern Oregon on Sunday, Sept. 13. 2020. This year’s fires have taxed the human, mechanical and financial resources of the nation’s wildfire fighting forces to a degree that few past blazes did. And half of the fire season is yet to come. Heat, drought, and a strategic decision to attack the flames early combined with other factors to put a historically heavy burden on fire teams. (Matthew McFarland/Unified Fire Authority via AP)
The highway between Vernon and Armstrong was closed for a crash involving two trucks the morning of Thursday, Sept. 10. (Sarah Chrystal photo)

Crash closes North Okanagan highway

Two trucks involved in Spallumcheen incident on Highway 97A

The highway between Vernon and Armstrong was closed for a crash involving two trucks the morning of Thursday, Sept. 10. (Sarah Chrystal photo)
The highway between Vernon and Armstrong was closed for a crash involving two trucks the morning of Thursday, Sept. 10. (Sarah Chrystal photo)

UPDATE: Crash cleared on highway between Vernon and Armstrong

Two trucks involved in Spallumcheen incident on Highway 97A

The highway between Vernon and Armstrong was closed for a crash involving two trucks the morning of Thursday, Sept. 10. (Sarah Chrystal photo)
UPDATE: Vernon area boaters asked to steer clear of Kekuli Bay near grass fire
UPDATE: Vernon area boaters asked to steer clear of Kekuli Bay near grass fire