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Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s two new pumper trucks, slated to be delivered in the fall, will have battery-powered idle-reduction technology. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s newest fire trucks will come with idle-reduction technology

Pumper trucks arriving from U.S.-based manufacturer will use battery power to save fuel

 

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

 

The RDN will write a letter of support to the federal and provincial governments in favour of a private member’s bill that would increase the annual Canadian income tax credit for volunteer firefighters and search and rescuers. (Black Press file photos)

RDN backs tax credit increase for volunteer firefighters, search and rescuers

Regional District of Nanaimo supports Courtenay-Alberni MP’s private member’s bill

 

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)
Construction is coming along on Nanaimo’s new Fire Station No. 1 on Fitzwilliam Street, with stairwells and a hose tower going up last week. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin).

New Nanaimo Fire Rescue station shaping up

Nanaimo Fire Rescue Chief Tim Doyle says construction progressing as planned

Construction is coming along on Nanaimo’s new Fire Station No. 1 on Fitzwilliam Street, with stairwells and a hose tower going up last week. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin).
Firefighters from three departments battled a house fire south of Nanaimo for more than nine hours Sunday. (Photo courtesy Martin Leduc)

Home destroyed by fire south of Nanaimo

Firefighters from three fire departments battle blaze fanned by strong southerly winds on Sunday

Firefighters from three departments battled a house fire south of Nanaimo for more than nine hours Sunday. (Photo courtesy Martin Leduc)
Tim Doyle, who has served with Nanaimo Fire Rescue 20 years, has been appointed the city’s new fire chief. (File photo)

Deputy chief promoted to be Nanaimo’s new fire chief

Tim Doyle, a 20-year veteran with Nanaimo Fire Rescue, will lead department

Tim Doyle, who has served with Nanaimo Fire Rescue 20 years, has been appointed the city’s new fire chief. (File photo)
Firefighters reload hoses onto a fire truck after knocking down a blaze Monday on Portsmouth Road. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

It was ‘only a matter of time’ before fire broke out in north Nanaimo duplex, says investigator

At least seven people displaced after fire Monday on Portsmouth Road

Firefighters reload hoses onto a fire truck after knocking down a blaze Monday on Portsmouth Road. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Members of the Saanich Fire Department can be seen working to put out a fire in the 4500-block of Chattertown Way on Jan. 26. (Saanich Fire/Twitter)

One cat killed, another resuscitated following blaze in Saanich townhouse

Neighbours evacuated following fire on Chatterton Way, third cat still missing

Members of the Saanich Fire Department can be seen working to put out a fire in the 4500-block of Chattertown Way on Jan. 26. (Saanich Fire/Twitter)
Tim Doyle, Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s deputy chief of administration, will fill in as the city’s acting fire chief until a replacement is found for former fire chief Karen Fry, who is now chief of Vancouver Fire Rescue Services. (News Bulletin file photo)

Deputy fire chief steps in as Nanaimo’s acting chief

Tim Doyle, deputy chief of administration, will fill leadership role until new chief named

Tim Doyle, Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s deputy chief of administration, will fill in as the city’s acting fire chief until a replacement is found for former fire chief Karen Fry, who is now chief of Vancouver Fire Rescue Services. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue Chief Karen Fry was presented with Canada’s Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal at Monday’s city council meeting. (Photo courtesy City of Nanaimo)

Nanaimo fire chief awarded national Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal

Departing chief Karen Fry recognized for 20 years of service

Nanaimo Fire Rescue Chief Karen Fry was presented with Canada’s Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal at Monday’s city council meeting. (Photo courtesy City of Nanaimo)
The Saanich Fire Department is calling for residents to be fire smart as they deck the halls for the holidays. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island firefighters offer safety tips to avoid holiday fires

Candles, damaged lights, dry trees and smoking can all lead to house fires

The Saanich Fire Department is calling for residents to be fire smart as they deck the halls for the holidays. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lieut. Orphée Bernard takes a twirl on his Movember moustache as Lieut. Jeff Allan, back left, firefighters Andrew Mills and Layne Polnick and Capt. Troy Libbus display an oversized cheque showing the amount of cash raised from the profits of custom-embroidered T-shirt sales. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters raise moustache cash

Firefighters support Movember Canada through T-shirt sale fundraiser

Lieut. Orphée Bernard takes a twirl on his Movember moustache as Lieut. Jeff Allan, back left, firefighters Andrew Mills and Layne Polnick and Capt. Troy Libbus display an oversized cheque showing the amount of cash raised from the profits of custom-embroidered T-shirt sales. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue Chief Karen Fry will become the next fire chief of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services in the new year. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s fire chief hired to become Vancouver’s fire chief

Karen Fry calls the move a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity

Nanaimo Fire Rescue Chief Karen Fry will become the next fire chief of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services in the new year. (News Bulletin file photo)
A fire structure protection unit responds to a call in Campbell River. Mayors from smaller communities are voicing their need for more provincial funding to cope with the rising cost of fire services and equipment. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror.

B.C.’s smaller communities want a better solution for funding fire protection

Rural mayors asking the province for help with the rising cost of equipment and training

A fire structure protection unit responds to a call in Campbell River. Mayors from smaller communities are voicing their need for more provincial funding to cope with the rising cost of fire services and equipment. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror.
Lieut. Blair Pinker, left, Brad Terragni, fire prevention officer, firefighter Jared MacLeod and the rest of Nanaimo’s firefighters are asking the public to pitch in to fight muscular dystrophy this weekend by donating to the Boot Drive. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters are out to give muscular dystrophy the boot this weekend

Boot Drive will take place at Save-On-Foods Country Club Centre on Saturday, Nov. 21

Lieut. Blair Pinker, left, Brad Terragni, fire prevention officer, firefighter Jared MacLeod and the rest of Nanaimo’s firefighters are asking the public to pitch in to fight muscular dystrophy this weekend by donating to the Boot Drive. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
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)
Umesh Lal, Nanaimo Fire rescue fire prevention officer, middle, starts a water fight with firefighters Greg Finstad, left, and Jason Lynch in a video shot for the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund Burn Camp, which was held virtually in July. (Image submitted)

Nanaimo firefighters’ burn fund video wins people’s choice award

Firefighters film gag video based on a burn camp water fight tradition

Umesh Lal, Nanaimo Fire rescue fire prevention officer, middle, starts a water fight with firefighters Greg Finstad, left, and Jason Lynch in a video shot for the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund Burn Camp, which was held virtually in July. (Image submitted)
Nanaimo mayor Leonard Krog takes the controls of a backhoe to turn the turf at a groundbreaking ceremony for the city’s new Fire Station No. 1 on Wednesday. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Ground-breaking ceremony held for Nanaimo’s new Fire Station No. 1

Construction to be complete in fall 2022 for new seismically safe multi-service facility

Nanaimo mayor Leonard Krog takes the controls of a backhoe to turn the turf at a groundbreaking ceremony for the city’s new Fire Station No. 1 on Wednesday. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Lieutenant Ron Suits was a firefighter with Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department for four and a half years until he died while working a fire on July 16, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY SPROAT LAKE VFD)

Vancouver Island fire departments to hold service for fallen firefighter

Sproat Lake volunteer firefighter Lt. Ron Suits died at the scene of a barn fire on July 16

Lieutenant Ron Suits was a firefighter with Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department for four and a half years until he died while working a fire on July 16, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY SPROAT LAKE VFD)