firefighters

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)
Vernon fire chief David Lind, firefighters John Doorman, Dave Robinson, Matt Olson and Dan Nadeau, along with Nadeau’s wife and daughter, Carrie and Mina Nadeau. The crew and city councillors helped get Vernon Fire Rescue Service’s new fleet off to a rolling start on Nov. 16. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Vernon firefighters, councillors push new trucks into service

Vernon Fire Rescue Services ceremony took place at Station 1 Saturday morning

Vernon fire chief David Lind, firefighters John Doorman, Dave Robinson, Matt Olson and Dan Nadeau, along with Nadeau’s wife and daughter, Carrie and Mina Nadeau. The crew and city councillors helped get Vernon Fire Rescue Service’s new fleet off to a rolling start on Nov. 16. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Cindy Knight at the Lumby and District Fire Department, where she has been a member of the crew for four years. (Photo: Ashley Gregerson)

Lumby grandma proves anyone can be a firefighter

Cindy Knight has been with the Lumby department for four years and encourages others to apply

Cindy Knight at the Lumby and District Fire Department, where she has been a member of the crew for four years. (Photo: Ashley Gregerson)
Volunteer firefighters received training at the 2019 Spring Training in Lake Country. Firefighters learned how to fight LNG-based fires. Photo: Mackenzie Britton/Capital News

Firefighter spring training comes to Lake Country

From LNG to breaking down doors, firefighters get training from industry pros

Volunteer firefighters received training at the 2019 Spring Training in Lake Country. Firefighters learned how to fight LNG-based fires. Photo: Mackenzie Britton/Capital News
A firefighter salutes the commemorative statue behind the BC Legislature during the BC Fallen Fire Fighters’ memorial, with B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Association executive director, Gord Ditchburn, on the left and B.C. Premier John Horgan on the right (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Hundreds gather in Victoria to honour fallen firefighters

The BC Fallen Fire Fighters’ Memorial honours those who have died in the line of duty

A firefighter salutes the commemorative statue behind the BC Legislature during the BC Fallen Fire Fighters’ memorial, with B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Association executive director, Gord Ditchburn, on the left and B.C. Premier John Horgan on the right (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Fire fighters battled a fire at a multi-family home on the 800 block of Fulton Street on June 6, 2017. (Matthew Allen / The Northern View)

Why cancer is deadlier than fire for firefighters in B.C.

The silent threat that is killing firefighters and how the profession is fighting back

Fire fighters battled a fire at a multi-family home on the 800 block of Fulton Street on June 6, 2017. (Matthew Allen / The Northern View)