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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)
A helicopter crashed in Oliver Thursday afternoon. (Oliver Fire Department)

Helicopter crash, tractor rollovers and wildfires push Oliver Fire Department to record year

The department saw an almost 50 per cent increase in calls from 2020

A helicopter crashed in Oliver Thursday afternoon. (Oliver Fire Department)
A fire was ignited in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. (Submitted photo)

UPDATE: Fire sparked in snow-covered Kal Park forest near Vernon

Hikers discovered small fire in Coldstream provincial park

A fire was ignited in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. (Submitted photo)
A fire broke out at a home on 25th Avenue in Coldstream Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Fire evicts Vernon family from ‘heavily damaged’ home

Late night BX blaze sparked in basement, came up through main floor

A fire broke out at a home on 25th Avenue in Coldstream Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
A fire sparked inside an Alexis Park area home Friday morning. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Vernon family in need of items after fire

Alexis Park area residents got out of home safely and crews were quick to snuff small blaze

A fire sparked inside an Alexis Park area home Friday morning. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Melinda Warnock, pictured with her daughter Brianna, suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by an SUV Dec. 16. (GoFundMe image)

UPDATE: GoFundMe allows daughter to be with Vernon woman hit by SUV

Incident on 53rd Avenue left woman with life-threatening injuries

Melinda Warnock, pictured with her daughter Brianna, suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by an SUV Dec. 16. (GoFundMe image)
A fire was started in the covered parking area of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce last month. (Dan Proulx photo)

Cold weather sparks increase in warming fires in Vernon

Downtown businesses urged to keep potential burning material away from buildings

A fire was started in the covered parking area of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce last month. (Dan Proulx photo)
North Westside Fire Rescue has seen the departure of another fire chief after only a few months on the job. (Google Maps photo)

North Westside fire department looking for another fire chief

Captain Nick Cantyn promoted to be acting chief for the time being

North Westside Fire Rescue has seen the departure of another fire chief after only a few months on the job. (Google Maps photo)
A barn bursts into flames in Falkland Wednesday, Dec. 8. (Bev Laponder photo)

UPDATE: Animals saved from Falkland barn fire

Blaze destroyed old structure on cattle farm Wednesday, Dec. 8

A barn bursts into flames in Falkland Wednesday, Dec. 8. (Bev Laponder photo)
A Grindrod home was destroyed by flames Sunday, Dec. 5. (Contributed)

UPDATE: Pup lost in North Okanagan home fire

Community rallies for father and son after blaze destroys their Grindrod home

A Grindrod home was destroyed by flames Sunday, Dec. 5. (Contributed)
Members of the Lake Country Fire Department will be collecting cash, cheque or gift certificate donations instead of physical donations this year due to limited space at the Lumby Food Bank. Firefighters will be at Save-On Foods and IGA Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Lake Country firefighters collecting cash instead of cans for food bank

Firefighters will be at Save-On Foods and IGA Sunday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Members of the Lake Country Fire Department will be collecting cash, cheque or gift certificate donations instead of physical donations this year due to limited space at the Lumby Food Bank. Firefighters will be at Save-On Foods and IGA Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Russ Friesen (left) and Alan Hofsink (right) are Vernon’s two new deputy fire chiefs. (City of Vernon photo)

Vernon welcomes two new deputy fire chiefs

Alan Hofsink and Russ Friesen both have extensive experience in fire services

Russ Friesen (left) and Alan Hofsink (right) are Vernon’s two new deputy fire chiefs. (City of Vernon photo)
A fire that destroyed the North Valley Gymnastics Club Oct. 31 has now been deemed suspicious. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Vernon gymnastics fire deemed suspicious

RCMP investigating Oct. 31 blaze that destroyed facility, community rallies around North Valley

A fire that destroyed the North Valley Gymnastics Club Oct. 31 has now been deemed suspicious. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A car went off Highway 97 in Oyama, rolling several times down an embankment before landing on its roof on Pelmewash Parkway. (Lake Country Fire Department photo)

Car rolls off Highway 97, lands on parkway in Oyama

Driver was able to crawl out of the vehicle and was taken to Kelowna hospital

A car went off Highway 97 in Oyama, rolling several times down an embankment before landing on its roof on Pelmewash Parkway. (Lake Country Fire Department photo)
Midway Fire and Rescue volunteers held the diesel spill before the fuel could enter a nearby culvert, according to Chief Mike Daloise. Photo: Submitted

Semi crashes on ‘sharp, hairpin turn’ on Hwy 3, officials respond to diesel spill

Nearby section of Kettle River unaffected, says Ministry of Environment

Midway Fire and Rescue volunteers held the diesel spill before the fuel could enter a nearby culvert, according to Chief Mike Daloise. Photo: Submitted
A firefighter stands on the shoreline of the St.Lawrence River Monday, October 18, 2021, where a firefighter drowned during a rescue operation in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Montreal firefighter dead after falling into St. Lawrence River during rescue mission

Boaters in distress saved, but for an unknown reason fire department rescue boat then capsized

A firefighter stands on the shoreline of the St.Lawrence River Monday, October 18, 2021, where a firefighter drowned during a rescue operation in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A car went up in flames Oct. 9 on Okanagan Centre Road East. (Jackie Goode photo)

Driver and dog escape before car goes up in flames in Lake Country

Firefighters and RCMP attended Saturday night fire

A car went up in flames Oct. 9 on Okanagan Centre Road East. (Jackie Goode photo)
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