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Keremeos Creek fire was estimated at 437 hectares as of Sunday (July 31) morning (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

Minimal overnight growth at Keremeos Creek fire in South Okanagan

Saturday’s evacuation and air quality alerts remain in effect

 

Emergency crews were at Willowbrook Shopping Centre Wednesday, July 13, 2022, for reports of noxious spray being set off inside. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Three people pepper sprayed in Langley’s Willowbrook Mall, building evacuated

Store employee told the Langley Advance Times that the mall was evacuated.

 

A stolen City of Surrey rescue vehicle crashed into the side of the highway in Abbotsford after a chase. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Small fire truck stolen in Surrey, Abby cops make arrest

Abbotsford Police spotted it on Highway 1, stopped it with a spike belt and apprehended a suspect

 

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews were able to rescue a beagle from a drain pipe Friday, July 1. (Photos courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)

B.C. firefighters rescue dog trapped in drain pipe after ‘yelp for help’

Firefighters fasten blanket to fire hose to create ‘Q-tip’ to pull out panicked pooch

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews were able to rescue a beagle from a drain pipe Friday, July 1. (Photos courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)
The Chilliwack Fire Department was called to an RV fire on Skwali reserve on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Pet dog dies in encampment fire on Chilliwack reserve

Firefighters had difficulty accessing blaze which destroyed 2 vehicles, 2 trailers and shed

The Chilliwack Fire Department was called to an RV fire on Skwali reserve on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
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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

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
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

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)
Surrey Fire Services’ technical-rescue team extricated a woman from a ravine near Chantrell Creek Thursday (April 7, 2022) afternoon. (File photo)

Technical-rescue team dispatched after woman tumbles into South Surrey ravine

Crews were in Chantrell Creek area on Thursday

Surrey Fire Services’ technical-rescue team extricated a woman from a ravine near Chantrell Creek Thursday (April 7, 2022) afternoon. (File photo)
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

The under-construction Water’s Edge building on Truswell Road in Kelowna engulfed in flames moments before it collapsed on July 8, 2017. (File)
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)
Local firefighters are hosting a fundraiser night at the Hope Cinema Feb. 24, with ticket sales to see the movie Backdraft going to the B.C. Lung Foundation.

Hope firefighters hosting Backdraft movie night fundraiser

Hope Cinema is hosting the event, with ticket sale proceeds going to the B.C. Lung Foundation

Local firefighters are hosting a fundraiser night at the Hope Cinema Feb. 24, with ticket sales to see the movie Backdraft going to the B.C. Lung Foundation.
A team of local firefighters are competing in the 2022 Climb the Wall challenge, a fundraiser for the BC Lung Foundation. (Hope Fire Department photo)

Hope firefighters tackle ‘Climb the Wall’ challenge

The virtual event is a month-long fundraiser for the BC Lung Foundation

A team of local firefighters are competing in the 2022 Climb the Wall challenge, a fundraiser for the BC Lung Foundation. (Hope Fire Department photo)
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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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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)
The baby girl was born six pounds and six ounces, and was named Liliana. Facebook photo.

Mission firefighters help deliver Stave Falls baby who wouldn’t wait for ambulance

Baby born in mom’s bedroom approximately 30 minutes after Station 2 received the call

The baby girl was born six pounds and six ounces, and was named Liliana. Facebook 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)
Surrey firefighters tackle a house fire on Dec. 28 at Whalley Boulevard and 105A Avenue. (File photo: Shane MacKichan)

25% of Surrey firefighters, dispatchers hit with COVID-19 since Dec. 20

Ninety-eight out of 374 firefighters and 18 full-time dispatchers have been infected

Surrey firefighters tackle a house fire on Dec. 28 at Whalley Boulevard and 105A Avenue. (File photo: Shane MacKichan)
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