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Rob Manering has been promoted to Denman Island Fire Rescue Chief, after the retirement of Don Luckett. File photo

Changes at the top of the Denman Island Fire Rescue chain of command

How fast can a wild fire start? Lightening fast. Fighting fires is…

 

Multiple emergency services responded to Nanaimo Boat Basin after a man fell several metres down a rock face on Cameron Island on Friday, Sept. 16. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

First responders rescue man who fell several metres on rocky Nanaimo shore

Incident happened along Cameron Island, near the Nanaimo Boat Basin on Sept. 16

 

Cumberland Fire Rescue made an emergency request for a new vehicle. Image, Facebook

Cumberland’s fire department stuck with need for new truck

“We knew about the problem with it, but we felt we could make it last.”

 

The East Meadows Plateau wildfire is about 20 kilometres from the City of Kamloops. (Photo/BCWS Twitter)

Wildfire sparks just north of Kamloops

The fire is highly visible to Kamloops and the surrounding area

The East Meadows Plateau wildfire is about 20 kilometres from the City of Kamloops. (Photo/BCWS Twitter)
Westerly file photo

Tofino firefighters respond to two cigarette-caused fires

Dry conditions axe campfires and led to two separate cigarette-caused fires on Island’s west coast

Westerly file photo
A horse that had slipped into a ditch sometime overnight Thursday was on the road again Friday morning, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and Central Saanich firefighters. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)

Firefighters use hose to lift stranded horse from Central Saanich ditch

Animal had slipped into a ditch, but was pulled out safe and sound

A horse that had slipped into a ditch sometime overnight Thursday was on the road again Friday morning, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and Central Saanich firefighters. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)
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

Keremeos Creek fire was estimated at 437 hectares as of Sunday (July 31) morning (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)
Cranberry and North Cedar volunteer fire departments responded to two rollover crashes on the Trans-Canada Highway south of Nanaimo the afternoon of Thursday, July 28, including one in which an SUV caught fire. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Vehicle rolls over and catches fire along the highway south of Nanaimo

Cranberry fire chief credits water truck driver with knocking down flames and limiting fire damage

Cranberry and North Cedar volunteer fire departments responded to two rollover crashes on the Trans-Canada Highway south of Nanaimo the afternoon of Thursday, July 28, including one in which an SUV caught fire. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)
Merville Fire Rescue firefighters Graeme Sargent (left) and Chris Chambers hold the ribbon, while Edwin Grieve (CVRD Area C director), Arzeena Hamir (CVRD Area B director), Melisa Whitelaw (Merville Fire Rescue) and Bruce Green (Fire Chief, Oyster River Fire Rescue) perform the “cutting duties” at the official grand opening of the Merville fire hall. Photo supplied

Comox Valley Regional District celebrates opening of Merville fire hall

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) announced the official opening of the…

Merville Fire Rescue firefighters Graeme Sargent (left) and Chris Chambers hold the ribbon, while Edwin Grieve (CVRD Area C director), Arzeena Hamir (CVRD Area B director), Melisa Whitelaw (Merville Fire Rescue) and Bruce Green (Fire Chief, Oyster River Fire Rescue) perform the “cutting duties” at the official grand opening of the Merville fire hall. Photo supplied
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 Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department is looking for new recruits for the 2022-2023 training year. File photo

Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department seeking recruits

The Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department is looking for new recruits for the…

  • Jun 30, 2022
The Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department is looking for new recruits for the 2022-2023 training year. File photo
An East Wellington Volunteer Fire Department firefighter hurried to a crash scene and vehicle fire close to his house and may have saved the life of a driver Saturday, June 4. (News Bulletin file photo)

Firefighter rescues driver from burning car after crash in Nanaimo

Incident happened in East Wellington in the early-morning hours Saturday, June 4

An East Wellington Volunteer Fire Department firefighter hurried to a crash scene and vehicle fire close to his house and may have saved the life of a driver Saturday, June 4. (News Bulletin file photo)
Aerial view of the Village of Zeballos. (Village of Zeballos Facebook photo)

Zeballos temporarily suspends volunteer fire department due to liability concerns

Residents told to continue to call 911, consultants will be brought in to revamp local fire services

Aerial view of the Village of Zeballos. (Village of Zeballos Facebook photo)
Thirteen people have been displaced but are uninjured after fleeing a fire that destroyed their home in Nanaimo on Tuesday, May 17. (Kaajal Manhas photo)

13 people displaced by house fire in Nanaimo

Residents, including 8 children, escaped unharmed from fire on Doric Avenue

Thirteen people have been displaced but are uninjured after fleeing a fire that destroyed their home in Nanaimo on Tuesday, May 17. (Kaajal Manhas photo)
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
Smoke is seen coming from the upstairs window of an unoccupied house that sustained damage from a suspicious fire on the weekend. Nanaimo RCMP are investigating. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo RCMP investigating fire set in house next to the one that exploded

Fire burned through kitchen floor at house that’s been boarded up since explosion two months ago

Smoke is seen coming from the upstairs window of an unoccupied house that sustained damage from a suspicious fire on the weekend. Nanaimo RCMP are investigating. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
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)
Fire departments from Courtenay, Comox, Oyster River and Fanny Bay will be conducting a wildfire training exercise with BC Wildfire in the Williams Beach/Coleman Road areas May 7. File photo

Comox Valley fire departments to conduct wildfire training exercise

The Oyster River, Courtenay, Comox and Fanny Bay fire departments will be…

  • Apr 25, 2022
Fire departments from Courtenay, Comox, Oyster River and Fanny Bay will be conducting a wildfire training exercise with BC Wildfire in the Williams Beach/Coleman Road areas May 7. File photo
Firefighters with Nanaimo Volunteer Fire Department work a crash scene after a car went over an embankment next to the Island Highway on Monday, April 18. Both people in the car were taken to hospital for observation. (Photo courtesy Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department)

Car goes off Island Highway and down embankment north of Nanaimo

Two people taken to hospital for observation after incident in Nanoose Bay on Monday, April 18

Firefighters with Nanaimo Volunteer Fire Department work a crash scene after a car went over an embankment next to the Island Highway on Monday, April 18. Both people in the car were taken to hospital for observation. (Photo courtesy Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department)
Edwin Grieve, Area C director of the CVRD, is all smiles as he stands next to the new Merville Fire Truck. He was also smiling at the April 12 board meeting when it was announced that a fire hall will be constructed at Mt. Washington. Photo supplied

Public approves construction of fire hall at Mount Washington

The public has given its approval for the construction of a fire…

Edwin Grieve, Area C director of the CVRD, is all smiles as he stands next to the new Merville Fire Truck. He was also smiling at the April 12 board meeting when it was announced that a fire hall will be constructed at Mt. Washington. Photo supplied