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Dep. Fire Chiefs Rich Piché (left) and Stephane Dionne said they were disappointed that only one person showed up at the George Evans fire hall’s recruitment drive Tuesday evening, May. 11. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue says rural fire hall at risk of closing

Home insurance could spike across North Fork if George Evans fire hall loses fire protection status

 

Former fire chief Walt Osellame (left) holds his gold bars and a service certificate, presented by Midway mayor Martin Fromme on Tuesday, April 20. Photo: Submitted

Retired fire chief receives service medals at special Midway ceremony

Walt Osellame continues to train firefighters and high schoolers across the Boundary

 

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue volunteers extinguish a small brush fire near a makeshift camp along the Kettle River Wednesday afternoon, April 14. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks firefighters put out brush fire along Kettle River

The area has seen several campfires reportedly connected to a local homeless camp

 

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)
From the left: Dep. Fire Chiefs Rich Piché and Stephane Dionne and Chief George Seigler want interested volunteers to join Grand Forks Fire/Rescue’s “Firefighter For a Night” on Wednesday, April 24. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks fire department wants more volunteers

Fire Chief George Seigler said many people are too quick to doubt their readiness to join

From the left: Dep. Fire Chiefs Rich Piché and Stephane Dionne and Chief George Seigler want interested volunteers to join Grand Forks Fire/Rescue’s “Firefighter For a Night” on Wednesday, April 24. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Grand Forks’ first responders rescued a man trapped in his car off Highway 3, near Grand Forks on Thursday morning, April 1. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Injured motorist airlifted to hospital after Highway 3 crash near Grand Forks

Volunteer firefighters freed the man from a car which rolled down an embankment

Grand Forks’ first responders rescued a man trapped in his car off Highway 3, near Grand Forks on Thursday morning, April 1. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Grand Forks/Fire Rescue volunteers spent all of Monday night, March 29, battling a fire that destroyed a city woman’s home at 2240 B Almond Gardens Rd. East. Photo courtesy of Laurie Parsons

Cause of Grand Forks Almond Gardens fire ‘undetermined’

Dep. Fire Chief Stephane Dionne said he knows where the fire started, but too much evidence went up in flames

Grand Forks/Fire Rescue volunteers spent all of Monday night, March 29, battling a fire that destroyed a city woman’s home at 2240 B Almond Gardens Rd. East. Photo courtesy of Laurie Parsons
Bean, a small dog, got her head stuck in the reclining mechanism of a couch on Wednesday night. (Facebook/Kamloops Fire Rescue)

Kamloops fire crews free Bean the pup trapped in reclining chair

‘We don’t rescue cats out of trees anymore… but we do occasionally rescue dogs out of reclining couches!’

Bean, a small dog, got her head stuck in the reclining mechanism of a couch on Wednesday night. (Facebook/Kamloops Fire Rescue)
BC Ambulance Crews prepare to evacuate a sick Greenwood boy by helicopter on Friday, Feb. 26. Photo: Submitted

Greenwood boy taken to hospital by BC Ambulance helicopter

Greenwood volunteer firefighters helped prepare the chopper’s landing

BC Ambulance Crews prepare to evacuate a sick Greenwood boy by helicopter on Friday, Feb. 26. Photo: Submitted
Lawyers for three Grand Forks Fire/Rescue members denied any wrongdoing against former firefighter Leslie Cleverly, who in January filed a B.C. Supreme Court lawsuit against the defendants as well as their former Fire Chief and the City of Grand Forks. File photo

Grand Forks firefighters respond to former colleague’s lawsuit alleging conspiracy

The Supreme Court in Kelowna has not fixed a date for trial

Lawyers for three Grand Forks Fire/Rescue members denied any wrongdoing against former firefighter Leslie Cleverly, who in January filed a B.C. Supreme Court lawsuit against the defendants as well as their former Fire Chief and the City of Grand Forks. File photo
A Grand Forks Fire/Rescue water tanker makes it way up the hill on Gibbs Creek Road after a homeowner doused a chimney fire Wednesday, Jan. 20. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Rural Grand Forks homeowner douses chimney fire

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue said the man’s quick thinking put out the flames

A Grand Forks Fire/Rescue water tanker makes it way up the hill on Gibbs Creek Road after a homeowner doused a chimney fire Wednesday, Jan. 20. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Les Cleverly, formerly of Grand Forks Fire/Rescue, is suing the city as well as current and former city firefighters over alleged workplace bullying and defamation. File photo.

Former Grand Forks firefighter suing department, city over alleged conspiracy, constructive dismissal

Plaintiff Les Cleverly filed a notice of civil claim with the Supreme Court of BC in last week

Les Cleverly, formerly of Grand Forks Fire/Rescue, is suing the city as well as current and former city firefighters over alleged workplace bullying and defamation. File photo.
Grand Forks Fire/Rescue reported significant changes in yearly fire-related and emergency first aid responses over 2020. Pictured are Dep. Fire Chief Rich Piché (left) and a Chief George Seigler at a department training exercise last October. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue sees jump in fire-related calls in 2020

Department statistics meanwhile showed a roughly proportionate drop in calls to assist BC Ambulance crews

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue reported significant changes in yearly fire-related and emergency first aid responses over 2020. Pictured are Dep. Fire Chief Rich Piché (left) and a Chief George Seigler at a department training exercise last October. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Midway Volunteer Fire Dept’s Chief Walt Osellame, left, and the Boundary Partnership Funds Danny Anderson hold a $1,500 check at the 8th Ave. fire hall Sat. Oct. 31. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Midway Volunteer Fire Dept. puts donation toward new jaws of life

Village funds were donated through the Boundary Partnership Fund, which supports local non-profits

Midway Volunteer Fire Dept’s Chief Walt Osellame, left, and the Boundary Partnership Funds Danny Anderson hold a $1,500 check at the 8th Ave. fire hall Sat. Oct. 31. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
This photo provided by the Unified Fire Authority shows a Utah fire crew member on the scene working to protect the town of Butte Falls in southern Oregon on Sunday, Sept. 13. 2020. This year’s fires have taxed the human, mechanical and financial resources of the nation’s wildfire fighting forces to a degree that few past blazes did. And half of the fire season is yet to come. Heat, drought, and a strategic decision to attack the flames early combined with other factors to put a historically heavy burden on fire teams. (Matthew McFarland/Unified Fire Authority via AP)

B.C., Alberta sending nearly 300 fire personnel by Friday to help battle wildfires in Oregon

Some 230 firefighters, most from British Columbia but including a number from Alberta, will be deployed Friday

This photo provided by the Unified Fire Authority shows a Utah fire crew member on the scene working to protect the town of Butte Falls in southern Oregon on Sunday, Sept. 13. 2020. This year’s fires have taxed the human, mechanical and financial resources of the nation’s wildfire fighting forces to a degree that few past blazes did. And half of the fire season is yet to come. Heat, drought, and a strategic decision to attack the flames early combined with other factors to put a historically heavy burden on fire teams. (Matthew McFarland/Unified Fire Authority via AP)
On a hot day, tubers and boaters are tempted by the mist coming off the water cannon’s stream. (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)

Christina Lake fire department christens new boat

The department leveraged its members’ skills to repurpose a former recreational pontoon boat

On a hot day, tubers and boaters are tempted by the mist coming off the water cannon’s stream. (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)
Former Grand Forks fire chief suing city for wrongful dismissal

Former Grand Forks fire chief suing city for wrongful dismissal

Dale Heriot was fired in July 2019 after his department was investigated for safety, bullying issues

Former Grand Forks fire chief suing city for wrongful dismissal
Many disposable masks have a metal nose wire or staples holding the straps which can cause sparks or a fire when heated. (Pixabay photo)

Don’t use microwave to sterilize COVID-19 masks: Ontario fire marshal

Jon Pegg says there have been 51 fire fatalities in Ontario between Jan. 1 and May 4

Many disposable masks have a metal nose wire or staples holding the straps which can cause sparks or a fire when heated. (Pixabay photo)
Fire crews from Grand Forks and Christina Lake knocked out a fire on April 9 that had spread over several vehicles on a property of Hardy Mountain Road. (Christina Lake Fire/Rescue/Facebook)

Fire bans meant to save emergency workers for critical calls

As of April 16, Cat. 2 and 3 fires will be banned province-wide

Fire crews from Grand Forks and Christina Lake knocked out a fire on April 9 that had spread over several vehicles on a property of Hardy Mountain Road. (Christina Lake Fire/Rescue/Facebook)
The first responder dispatch protocol was also rolled out during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. (Black Press Media files)

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

The first responder dispatch protocol was also rolled out during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. (Black Press Media files)