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Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters at the scene of a motor vehicle incident where the Trans-Canada Highway meets the Nanaimo Parkway at Cedar Road on Nov. 29. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

City of Nanaimo budgeting for 40 more firefighters and two new trucks

Finance committee recommends fitting fire master plan request into 2023-27 financial plan

 

A kitten crawled inside the engine compartment of a firetruck at a crash Sunday, Nov. 27 and was discovered back at the firehall. (City of Vernon photo)

Feline fine after fur-raising ride on Vernon fire truck

Stowaway cat catches a ride with firefighters

 

Firefighters from the Malakwa Fire Department and others from the Shuswap participate in a live-burn training exercise. (File Photo)

New builds made of combustible materials make for hotter blazes: Shuswap firefighters

‘It really is a dangerous environment now. Stuff can be replaced but firefighters cannot’

 

B.C. firefighters will receive workers’ compensation for two more types of cancer, pancreatic and thyroid, as of Nov, 8. 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. firefighters now covered for 2 more types of cancer

Pancreatic, thyroid cancers added to types covered by workers’ compensation

B.C. firefighters will receive workers’ compensation for two more types of cancer, pancreatic and thyroid, as of Nov, 8. 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue Station No. 1 on Fitzwilliam Street is nearing completion. Administration staff started setting up offices in July, but the structure is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2022. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

PHOTOS: Nanaimo’s new downtown fire station built for operational and energy efficiency

Nanaimo fire chief expects Fire Station No. 1 to be complete by the end of this year

Nanaimo Fire Rescue Station No. 1 on Fitzwilliam Street is nearing completion. Administration staff started setting up offices in July, but the structure is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2022. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews fight a fire at a warehouse on Selby Street on Monday, Oct. 10. (Nanaimo Fire Rescue image)

Nanaimo firefighters battle stubborn Thanksgiving Day blaze in warehouse

Twenty-four firefighters worked for more than six hours to extinguish fire on Selby Street

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews fight a fire at a warehouse on Selby Street on Monday, Oct. 10. (Nanaimo Fire Rescue image)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters Randy Geddes, left, and Riel Gibson are two of Nanaimo’s firefighters who will be going door-to-door during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15, to make sure homes have life-saving smoke alarms. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters help with fire prevention, one house at a time

Firefighters will go door-knocking to check for working smoke alarms during Fire Prevention Week

Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters Randy Geddes, left, and Riel Gibson are two of Nanaimo’s firefighters who will be going door-to-door during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15, to make sure homes have life-saving smoke alarms. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)
A briefing document prepared for the deputy minister of Indigenous Services Canada says there is currently no way to enforce provincial or national building or fire codes for buildings on reserves. But Blaine Wiggins, senior director of the Indigenous Fire Marshals Service, seen in an undated handout photo, says that enforcement gap has “catastrophic” consequences. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada

No way to enforce fire codes on First Nations, and new law would be costly: document

House fires have long posed a major safety risk to those living on reserve,

A briefing document prepared for the deputy minister of Indigenous Services Canada says there is currently no way to enforce provincial or national building or fire codes for buildings on reserves. But Blaine Wiggins, senior director of the Indigenous Fire Marshals Service, seen in an undated handout photo, says that enforcement gap has “catastrophic” consequences. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada
Firefighters stand by with hoses to snuff out any possible fire originating from spilled fuel after a truck crashed through a house in Nanoose Bay on Monday, Oct. 3. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

UPDATE: Driver survives after transport truck crashes through house in Nanoose Bay

Rescuers take three hours to extricate driver, six residents not home at time of incident

Firefighters stand by with hoses to snuff out any possible fire originating from spilled fuel after a truck crashed through a house in Nanoose Bay on Monday, Oct. 3. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Image: RCMP logo

Mother killed, 4 children injured in head-on crash near Trail

The accident occurred after a Ford pickup entered oncoming traffic and collided with the family’s car

Image: RCMP logo
An excavator chews at the walls of the former Fire Station No. 1. The structure, built at the corner of Milton and Fitzwilliam streets in 1966, has been replaced by a new structure that entered service in August. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

1960s-era Nanaimo Fire Rescue station being demolished

Former Fire Station No. 1, replaced by new facility, taken apart by excavators

An excavator chews at the walls of the former Fire Station No. 1. The structure, built at the corner of Milton and Fitzwilliam streets in 1966, has been replaced by a new structure that entered service in August. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
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

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)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue Lieut. Blair Pinker, left, and firefighters John MacKenzie and Riel Gibson hope to come away from a weekend charity drive with their boots stuffed with cash for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters have big boots to fill in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Firefighters will be outside grocery stores Sept. 17-18 for charity drive

Nanaimo Fire Rescue Lieut. Blair Pinker, left, and firefighters John MacKenzie and Riel Gibson hope to come away from a weekend charity drive with their boots stuffed with cash for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
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)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officers are investigating the cause of a house fire on Latimer Road that has displace a family of four and their pets. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Family and pets flee midnight house fire in Nanaimo

No one injured in fire on Latimer Road on Tuesday, July 26

Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officers are investigating the cause of a house fire on Latimer Road that has displace a family of four and their pets. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Fire investigators are sifting through the remains of a house that burned down in north Nanaimo early Monday, July 11. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

House burns up on Nanaimo’s Metral Drive

Investigators now working to determine cause of blaze

Fire investigators are sifting through the remains of a house that burned down in north Nanaimo early Monday, July 11. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)