firefighters

Premier John Horgan tours the BC Wildfire Service camp set up in Vernon Thursday, Aug. 26, where firefighters from all over are stationed while battling the White Rock Lake blaze. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

B.C. premier, forests minister, tour White Rock Lake fire near Vernon

John Horgan joins Minister of Forests at firefighters’ camp

 

Lake Country firefighters extinguished a fully-involved car fire on Okanagan Centre Road East Friday afternoon. (Contributed)

Burning masks blasted from Lake Country car fire

Back window popped, sending fiery material into dry grass

 

Okanagan Indian Band Fire Rescue crews are on 24/7 fire watch patrolling the area. (Susan Cseh photo)

‘We got your back’: Okanagan Indian Band firefighters

Westside residents unable to sleep at night given assurance that firefighters are on fire watch 24-7

 

Parks crews have closed Killiney Beach off Westside Road as firefighters are using the space to access water to battle the White Rock Lake wildfire. (RDCO photo)

Parks closed for firefighters staging in Vernon, Westside

Public asked to steer clear of Kin Race Track and Killiney Beach

Parks crews have closed Killiney Beach off Westside Road as firefighters are using the space to access water to battle the White Rock Lake wildfire. (RDCO photo)
A fire early Wednesday, Aug. 4, destroyed this family home in Westbridge. Photo: Submitted

House fire threatens West Boundary community

The fire consumed a family home, but didn’t spread to nearby brush

A fire early Wednesday, Aug. 4, destroyed this family home in Westbridge. Photo: Submitted
Saanich Fire Department worked hard to pull a horse from drowning in a mud bog on July 31 in Saanich. (Photo and video courtesy of Saanich Fire Department)

VIDEO: Firefighters rescue frightened horse stuck nose-deep in Vancouver Island mud bog

At the scene were a whole team of firefighters who put their heads together to rescue the filly

Saanich Fire Department worked hard to pull a horse from drowning in a mud bog on July 31 in Saanich. (Photo and video courtesy of Saanich Fire Department)
Sicamous RCMP and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue crews have been out on Mara Lake since July 20, attempting keep boaters away from the waters near Two Mile as firefighting efforts on the Two Mile Road wildfire continue. (Brian Thurgood photo)
Sicamous RCMP and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue crews have been out on Mara Lake since July 20, attempting keep boaters away from the waters near Two Mile as firefighting efforts on the Two Mile Road wildfire continue. (Brian Thurgood photo)
Firefighter Sue Idle (right) with Pass Creek Fire Department chief Aaron Bebelman. Photo: Submitted

‘It is hard. It is fun’: 55-year-old Castlegar woman becomes firefighter

Sue Idle is one of the newest members of the Pass Creek Fire Department

Firefighter Sue Idle (right) with Pass Creek Fire Department chief Aaron Bebelman. Photo: Submitted
White Valley Spray Park in Lumby. (File photo)

Hazmat spill closes North Okanagan pool and spray park

Chemical reaction at Lumby spray park, emergency crews cleaning up and investigating

White Valley Spray Park in Lumby. (File photo)
The Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department went out of their way (and out of their jurisdiction) to douse a house fire in an unprotected area early Sunday morning. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

North Okanagan firefighters go out of their way to douse house fire

Trailer destroyed, could have been ‘catastrophic’

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department went out of their way (and out of their jurisdiction) to douse a house fire in an unprotected area early Sunday morning. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Nine-year-old Torin Le Jeune from Chase, in this photo taken on her birthday, was very happy when her glasses, which she accidentally dropped off the pier at Memorial Park in Chase, were returned to her. (Photo contributed)

No fire involved but volunteer firefighter doesn’t hesitate to help Chase girl

Much appreciation expressed after girl’s eyeglasses retrieved

Nine-year-old Torin Le Jeune from Chase, in this photo taken on her birthday, was very happy when her glasses, which she accidentally dropped off the pier at Memorial Park in Chase, were returned to her. (Photo contributed)
A vehicle fire burns near the Jade Mountain Motel on July 6, 2021. (Tristan Munson - Facebook)

Multiple vehicle fire extinguished near Chase

Man attempting to fight blaze with garden hose prompts warning from police

A vehicle fire burns near the Jade Mountain Motel on July 6, 2021. (Tristan Munson - Facebook)
CSRD fire services coordinator Sean Coubrough, middle, receives the BC Fire Training Officers Association’s 2021 Trainer of the Year Award from Brian Ulle, First Vice President of the BC Fire Training Officers Association, at left, and Jack Blair, from the Office of the Fire Commissioner, at right, on June 29, 2021. (CSRD photo)

Columbia-Shuswap fire services coordinator recognized as best in province

Sean Coubrough named the BC Fire Training Officers Association’s 2021 Trainer of the Year

CSRD fire services coordinator Sean Coubrough, middle, receives the BC Fire Training Officers Association’s 2021 Trainer of the Year Award from Brian Ulle, First Vice President of the BC Fire Training Officers Association, at left, and Jack Blair, from the Office of the Fire Commissioner, at right, on June 29, 2021. (CSRD photo)
Campers learn auto extrication at past year’s Camp Ignite. Photo supplied by Camp Ignite

‘Camp Ignite’ helps young B.C. women pursue firefighting careers

This year’s camp will be on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 in Vancouver

Campers learn auto extrication at past year’s Camp Ignite. Photo supplied by Camp Ignite
Salmon Arm firefighters were called to several garbage container fires set downtown about 7 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 2021. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm fire chief takes succession of fires in garbage containers downtown seriously

Although fires were quickly extinguished, concern is they could ignite nearby structures

Salmon Arm firefighters were called to several garbage container fires set downtown about 7 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 2021. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Crews battled a grass fire behind the Tolko mill along the railway tracks off Otter Lake Cross Road in Spallumcheen Monday, April 26. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star file)

UPDATE: Man allegedly lighting Vernon fires with blowtorch arrested

Grassfires sparked near train tracks, behind bottle depot

Crews battled a grass fire behind the Tolko mill along the railway tracks off Otter Lake Cross Road in Spallumcheen Monday, April 26. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star file)
From left, Salmon Am firefighter Chris Scarborough, Eagle Bay Fire Department Captain Michelle Beaudry and Salmon Arm firefighter Chris Hagglov provide FireSmart information outside the Mall at Piccadilly on Saturday, May 1 as part of a collaborative effort between the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and Salmon Arm to prevent the spread of wildfires to populated areas. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm Fire Department takes a walk on the wildfire side

Firefighters to receive FireSmart education, training to help residents better protect property

From left, Salmon Am firefighter Chris Scarborough, Eagle Bay Fire Department Captain Michelle Beaudry and Salmon Arm firefighter Chris Hagglov provide FireSmart information outside the Mall at Piccadilly on Saturday, May 1 as part of a collaborative effort between the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and Salmon Arm to prevent the spread of wildfires to populated areas. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
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

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

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)
Sicamous firefighters conducted a training exercise in a Main Street building slated for demolition on April 6. (Rob Ward/Facebook)

Sicamous firefighters train in Main Street house ready for demolition

Smoke machines used to give firefighters practice navigating burning buildings

Sicamous firefighters conducted a training exercise in a Main Street building slated for demolition on April 6. (Rob Ward/Facebook)