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The Sicamous Fire Department has postponed their annual toy drive to Dec. 13. (File photo)

Sicamous and other Shuswap fire departments postponing toy drives

Due to a provincial health order, toy drive is being pushed back to Dec. 13

 

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)

North Okanagan city snuffs support of fire training centre

Other regional firefighters assured access to burn building

 

Karl Featherstone's wife and young children are grieving the sudden death of the Lake Country firefigher. (Contributed)

Fallen Okanagan firefighter honoured, family support sought

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

 

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. The dispatch call was for that of a pre-teen falling 20 feet and suffering a head injury. There is no word on the condition of the child. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Okanagan child suffers injury in fall

Incident happened in Vernon 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. The dispatch call was for that of a pre-teen falling 20 feet and suffering a head injury. There is no word on the condition of the child. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
A Salmon Arm fire truck is parked downtown while responding to a call in 2019. (File photo)

Age requirement for firefighters in Salmon Arm lowered

Three-month probation period replaced by longer recruit training

A Salmon Arm fire truck is parked downtown while responding to a call in 2019. (File photo)
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: Grass fire forces North Okanagan highway closure

UPDATE: Grass fire forces North Okanagan highway closure

Fully involved fire off Highway 97 near Kekuli Bay

UPDATE: Grass fire forces North Okanagan highway closure
A car caught fire on Silver Star Road Monday, Aug. 24. (Submitted Photo)

Car fire closes North Okanagan 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 joined crews in the South Okanagan the evening of Aug. 18 to assist in battling the Mt. Christie wildfire. (Submitted photo)

North Okanagan firefighters help battle Christie wildfire

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

Lake Country firefighters joined crews in the South Okanagan the evening of Aug. 18 to assist in battling the Mt. Christie wildfire. (Submitted photo)
A ring of fire was quickly extinguished by Vernon and Coldstream firefighters Tuesday, Aug. 18. (Submitted Photo)

Grass fire sparked off Highway 97 in Okanagan

Blaze near Vernon on 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 North Okanagan truck fire

‘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 North Okanagan 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)
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)