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

Firefighters in Nanaimo rescue dog from drain pipe after ‘yelp for help’

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

 

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

 

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

 

Ucluelet Fire Rescue (UFR) member Dan Lehr tosses a pancake beside veteran volunteer firefighter Alan Anderson (who came out of retirement to help with the event!) (Jen McLeod Photos)

PHOTOS: Porsche Club tours Ucluelet, raises funds for local Fire Rescue

The Porsche Club of America Vancouver Island Region was zipping around Ucluelet…

Ucluelet Fire Rescue (UFR) member Dan Lehr tosses a pancake beside veteran volunteer firefighter Alan Anderson (who came out of retirement to help with the event!) (Jen McLeod Photos)
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

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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)
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)
A man was airlifted to hospital with head injuries after falling from a cliff at Pipers Lagoon Park in Nanaimo on Monday, April 11. (News Bulletin file photo)

Senior airlifted to hospital after falling off cliff at Nanaimo’s Pipers Lagoon

Man fell 18 metres onto rocks, firefighters conducted rope rescue

A man was airlifted to hospital with head injuries after falling from a cliff at Pipers Lagoon Park in Nanaimo on Monday, April 11. (News Bulletin 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)
Oliver Lipinski, right, accepts a certificate as an official junior member of the Parksville Volunteer Fire Department from fire chief Marc Norris. (Submitted photo)

Highly-motivated preschooler becomes Island fire department’s youngest-ever recruit

Oliver Lipinski, 3, walked up to Parksville fire hall door with resume in hand

Oliver Lipinski, right, accepts a certificate as an official junior member of the Parksville Volunteer Fire Department from fire chief Marc Norris. (Submitted photo)
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)
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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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The Ucluelet Fire Rescue recruit class of 2022 from left, Jamie Pleune, Fionn Greene, Dan Lehr, Neil Lounsbury, Trent Larson and Dominique Bouchard at their inaugural Tuesday firefighter practice. (Mike Dandurand photo)

Ucluelet Fire Rescue adds six new firefighters to the team

Ucluelet’s fire and rescue squad up to 22 members

The Ucluelet Fire Rescue recruit class of 2022 from left, Jamie Pleune, Fionn Greene, Dan Lehr, Neil Lounsbury, Trent Larson and Dominique Bouchard at their inaugural Tuesday firefighter practice. (Mike Dandurand photo)
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)