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Firefighters-Cancer 20220505 Vancouver firefighter Jenn Dawkins, shown in a handout photo, lobbied for breast cancer to be included in British Columbia’s legislation as a presumed occupational illness covered by the province’s health and safety agency for workers. Three years later, she would be diagnosed with the disease that is a top killer of firefighters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-David Harcus

Firefighters say recognition of their cancer risk is tough battle across Canada

British Columbia recently amended the Workers Compensation Act to include three more cancers

 

Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the B.C. Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Vaccine policy to remain in place for B.C. Wildfire Service

All B.C. government employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

  • Apr 28, 2022

 

The under-construction Water’s Edge building on Truswell Road in Kelowna engulfed in flames moments before it collapsed on July 8, 2017. (File)

‘Brutally understaffed’ to combat high-rise blazes: Retired Kelowna firefighter

‘We have 120 firefighters on staff, but a minimum of 23 on shift,’ said Kelowna Fire Chief Travis Whiting

 

L-R: Emily Rindler and Jessica Woolsey from Rossland Station 371, and their paid on-call firefighting peers in the Kootenay Boundary fire service, are sharing their stories, hoping to inspire a new wave of recruits to join the paid on-call team. Photo: Submitted

Paid on-call firefighter positions open up across Kootenay Boundary

On-the-job training takes place once a week in local fire stations from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

L-R: Emily Rindler and Jessica Woolsey from Rossland Station 371, and their paid on-call firefighting peers in the Kootenay Boundary fire service, are sharing their stories, hoping to inspire a new wave of recruits to join the paid on-call team. Photo: Submitted
Martyka Sutor, her partner Steven, son Arlo and newborn daughter Maia pose for a photo with firefighters from Surrey’s Hall 17. (Contributed photo)

‘There was no stopping her’: Firefighters deliver baby in B.C. couple’s home

‘It was a day we will never forget’ says South Surrey mother

Martyka Sutor, her partner Steven, son Arlo and newborn daughter Maia pose for a photo with firefighters from Surrey’s Hall 17. (Contributed photo)
Kootenay Boundary firefighters were called to a house fire in Montrose Thursday morning. Photo: Shutterstock

Crews called to Montrose house fire Thursday morning

Best possible outcome prompts reminder from Kootenay Boundary captain - early detection saves lives

Kootenay Boundary firefighters were called to a house fire in Montrose Thursday morning. Photo: Shutterstock
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‘Should be an alarm bell’: Calls for action after fatal fires on First Nations

Study found First Nations people living on reserves were 10 times more likely to die in a fire

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Kootenay Boundary Fire and Rescue attend chimney fire in Genelle

Firefighters quickly bring fire under control, remind owners to keep chimney’s clean

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Benny Hanson, who turned 90 on Feb. 1, 2022, is a pump operator with the Celista Fire Department. (Celista Fire Department image)

90-year-old B.C. firefighter has always been one to keep busy

Benny Hanson said his philosophy was ‘change jobs every four years’

Benny Hanson, who turned 90 on Feb. 1, 2022, is a pump operator with the Celista Fire Department. (Celista Fire Department image)
First Nations’ Emergency Services Society members Dean Colthorp, left, and Reo Jerome pose beside the truck donated to the society Feb. 1 by Esquimalt Fire Rescue. Fire Chief Steve Serbic stands on the engine. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Donated fire truck will help train remote First Nations departments across B.C.

Former Esquimalt truck to be used to build skills, enable better community protection

First Nations’ Emergency Services Society members Dean Colthorp, left, and Reo Jerome pose beside the truck donated to the society Feb. 1 by Esquimalt Fire Rescue. Fire Chief Steve Serbic stands on the engine. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
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)
Firefighters were called to an East Trail structure fire Tuesday night. Photo: Fire Rescue

East Trail fire destroys garage

The call came into regional fire rescue just past 7:30 p.m.

Firefighters were called to an East Trail structure fire Tuesday night. Photo: Fire Rescue
Midway Fire and Rescue volunteers held the diesel spill before the fuel could enter a nearby culvert, according to Chief Mike Daloise. Photo: Submitted

Officials respond to diesel spill after semi crashes along ‘sharp, hairpin turn’ on Hwy 3

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
Firefighters from five Greater Trail halls attended a fire at Retriev Technologies, located in Columbia Gardens Industrial Park, Monday night. Photo: Trail Times

Crews called to fire at recycling plant in outskirts of Trail

Firefighters were called to Retriev Technologies Monday night

Firefighters from five Greater Trail halls attended a fire at Retriev Technologies, located in Columbia Gardens Industrial Park, Monday night. Photo: Trail Times
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Technical training for Kootenay Boundary firefighters

The composite service is made up of paid-on-call and career firefighters

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No one was hurt when this single-engine Cessna overshot the runway along the Canada-U.S. border Sunday, Oct. 17. Photo: Submitted

American plane makes hard landing near Christina Lake

Christina Lake Fire Rescue makes quick response on Cascade side of Canada-U.S. border

No one was hurt when this single-engine Cessna overshot the runway along the Canada-U.S. border Sunday, Oct. 17. 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
Gas peels of a specially-designed tank carrying liquid nitrogen. Photo courtesy of Midway Fire and Rescue

No danger to Highway 3 travellers after liquid nitrogen tank lets off gas

Truck driver hauling the cold stuff had done everything by the book, says Midway fire chief

Gas peels of a specially-designed tank carrying liquid nitrogen. Photo courtesy of Midway Fire and Rescue