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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
A car caught fire on Silver Star Road Monday, Aug. 24. (Submitted Photo)

Car fire closes Vernon road

Vehicle destroyed by flames en route to Silver Star

A car caught fire on Silver Star Road Monday, Aug. 24. (Submitted Photo)
Lake Country firefighters help battle South Okanagan wildfire

Lake Country firefighters help battle South Okanagan wildfire

Team drove up last evening to aid in protecting homes from Mount Christie blaze

Lake Country firefighters help battle South Okanagan wildfire
A ring of fire was quickly extinguished by Vernon and Coldstream firefighters Tuesday, Aug. 18. (Submitted Photo)

Grass fire sparked near Vernon-Coldstream

Blaze off Highway 97 in DND grounds quickly contained

A ring of fire was quickly extinguished by Vernon and Coldstream firefighters Tuesday, Aug. 18. (Submitted Photo)
West Kelowna Fire Rescue members (right) bring an injured hiker to a waiting ambulance from the trail at East Boundary Road and Riesling Place Sunday, Aug. 16, just before 12 p.m. (Photo submitted)

Okanagan firefighters rescue injured hiker

West Kelowna Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance called to trail near Riesling Place Sunday, Aug. 16

West Kelowna Fire Rescue members (right) bring an injured hiker to a waiting ambulance from the trail at East Boundary Road and Riesling Place Sunday, Aug. 16, just before 12 p.m. (Photo submitted)
Vernon Professional Firefighters Local 1517 donates $4079.44 to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association Burn Fund. The money was raised from the 2019 R.F. Brett Memorial Golf Tournament. (Vernon Fire Rescue photo)

BC Burn Fund benefits from Vernon firefighters

More than $5,000 raised at 2019 R.F. Brett Memorial Golf Tournament

Vernon Professional Firefighters Local 1517 donates $4079.44 to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association Burn Fund. The money was raised from the 2019 R.F. Brett Memorial Golf Tournament. (Vernon Fire Rescue photo)
A truck fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters in Vernon Monday, Aug. 3. (Crystal Hedlund - VernoN Rant and Rave)

Police investigate late-night truck fire in Vernon

‘At this time, investigators are treating the fire as suspicious,’ says Cpl. Tania Finn

A truck fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters in Vernon Monday, Aug. 3. (Crystal Hedlund - VernoN Rant and Rave)
An overview of the new fire hall being constructed in Lake Country. (Artist’s rendering)

New Lake Country fire hall breaks ground

Groundwork is on tap for a new community firehall. Site works are…

An overview of the new fire hall being constructed in Lake Country. (Artist’s rendering)
Firefighters Mike Stoll and Bryan Carter showcase Vernon Fire Rescue Services’ new rescue tool, a tire attachment for basket stretchers, which makes for safer and more efficient rescues in remote locations. July 9, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon firefighters showcase new rescue equipment

New tools helping VFRS make safer, swifter and more versatile rescue operations

Firefighters Mike Stoll and Bryan Carter showcase Vernon Fire Rescue Services’ new rescue tool, a tire attachment for basket stretchers, which makes for safer and more efficient rescues in remote locations. July 9, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Many disposable masks have a metal nose wire or staples holding the straps which can cause sparks or a fire when heated. (Pixabay photo)

Don’t use microwave to sterilize COVID-19 masks: Ontario fire marshal

Jon Pegg says there have been 51 fire fatalities in Ontario between Jan. 1 and May 4

Many disposable masks have a metal nose wire or staples holding the straps which can cause sparks or a fire when heated. (Pixabay photo)
A truck leaving Kelowna Fire Department Station #2. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

Six Kelowna firefighters retire with almost 150 years of combined service

Al Lipkovitz, Tim Hill, Rob Buchanan, Rob Schelppe and Gayanne Pacholzuk have reired

A truck leaving Kelowna Fire Department Station #2. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Of nine prize homes in the 2020 Hometown Heroes Lottery, one is in Penticton, and worth $2.3 million. It is located at 103-190 Vancouver Ave. (Submitted)

Two Okanagan homes up for grabs in 2020 Hometown Heroes Lottery

Package includes $40k cash, a 2019 Tesla Model X Long Range, and $1.3M cash

Of nine prize homes in the 2020 Hometown Heroes Lottery, one is in Penticton, and worth $2.3 million. It is located at 103-190 Vancouver Ave. (Submitted)
Penticton Fire Department extinguished a truck on fire on the afternoon of April 20. (Contributed)

Truck goes up in flames in Penticton

Fire crew observed multiple explosions in back alley blaze

Penticton Fire Department extinguished a truck on fire on the afternoon of April 20. (Contributed)
The first responder dispatch protocol was also rolled out during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. (Black Press Media files)

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

The first responder dispatch protocol was also rolled out during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. (Black Press Media files)
Cadence and mom Amber Keir showed their support for health care workers by banging pots and pans in front of Vernon Jubilee Hospital Tuesday evening. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Community drums up support for Vernon hospital workers

Even health care workers and fellow first responders turned out to show love

Cadence and mom Amber Keir showed their support for health care workers by banging pots and pans in front of Vernon Jubilee Hospital Tuesday evening. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A garage fire in Lavington resulted in no injuries but has forced two residents to leave their home for several days. Lumby firefighters arrived to find the garage completely engulfed in flames Tuesday night, Feb. 18. (Stock photo)

Lavington garage goes up in flames

The house next to the garage was minimally damaged; residents required to vacate home temporarily

A garage fire in Lavington resulted in no injuries but has forced two residents to leave their home for several days. Lumby firefighters arrived to find the garage completely engulfed in flames Tuesday night, Feb. 18. (Stock photo)
Every year, members of the St. Catharines Fire Combat Team strip down and flex their muscles for a good cause with proceeds going to charity. (St. Catharines Fire Department photo)

No shirts, no city services: Firefighter calendar too steamy for Ontario officials

The city has never funded the calendars, but has OK’d photoshoots at city-owned properties

Every year, members of the St. Catharines Fire Combat Team strip down and flex their muscles for a good cause with proceeds going to charity. (St. Catharines Fire Department photo)
Early morning fire destroys home in Kelowna

Early morning fire destroys home in Kelowna

Eighteen firefighters responded to the fire at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Early morning fire destroys home in Kelowna
Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to a basement fire on Brooks Lane Saturday afternoon. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon firefighters snuff out basement fire in single-family home

The residents were not home at the time of the fire, which resulted in no injuries

Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to a basement fire on Brooks Lane Saturday afternoon. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)