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Construction of a fire hall at Mount Washington is expected to cost $2.49 million. File photo

Mount Washington poised to finally get a fire hall

Comox Valley Regional District directors commit money to fire protection at Island ski hill

 

Jeannine Caldbeck has served as fire chief of the Thetis Island Volunteer Fire Department since 2005. (Photo by Dave Tarris)

Fire chief first woman in Canada to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association cites significant commitment of Thetis Island’s Caldbeck

 

A fire scene several hundred metres from the nearest water supply made it difficult to battle a blaze that destroyed a barn in north Nanaimo on Thursday, Sept. 30. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters battle barn blaze for several hours

Crews were called out at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, to corner of Jenkins and Dines roads

 

A fire scene several hundred metres from the nearest water supply made it difficult to battle a blaze that destroyed a barn in north Nanaimo on Thursday, Sept. 30. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters battle barn blaze for several hours

Crews were called out at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, to corner of Jenkins and Dines roads

A fire scene several hundred metres from the nearest water supply made it difficult to battle a blaze that destroyed a barn in north Nanaimo on Thursday, Sept. 30. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Lieut. Blair Pinker, left, and firefighters Micah Chesher, Steve Nicks and Jared MacLeod and their fellow firefighters collected donations at several grocery stores across Nanaimo this month to help fund the fight against muscular dystrophy. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo firefighters’ boots stuffed with donations at this year’s drive

Donations tallied about $18,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Lieut. Blair Pinker, left, and firefighters Micah Chesher, Steve Nicks and Jared MacLeod and their fellow firefighters collected donations at several grocery stores across Nanaimo this month to help fund the fight against muscular dystrophy. (News Bulletin file photo)
A golden retriever rescued after falling over a cliff face near Ammonite Falls on Friday, Sept. 24, avoided injury in the ordeal and posed for a photo with rescuers including firefighter Joe Mayzes, left, Capt. Darcy Morgan and firefighter Geoff Gowans, volunteers with East Wellington Fire Department. (Photo courtesy East Wellington Fire Department)

Volunteer firefighters rescue dog from cliff face near Nanaimo’s Ammonite Falls

Golden retriever falls 15 metres over cliff while walking with owner

A golden retriever rescued after falling over a cliff face near Ammonite Falls on Friday, Sept. 24, avoided injury in the ordeal and posed for a photo with rescuers including firefighter Joe Mayzes, left, Capt. Darcy Morgan and firefighter Geoff Gowans, volunteers with East Wellington Fire Department. (Photo courtesy East Wellington Fire Department)
Lieut. Blair Pinker, left, and firefighters Micah Chesher, Steve Nicks and Jared MacLeod will be out with firefighters collecting donations at various grocery store across Nanaimo to help fund the fight against muscular dystrophy this weekend. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters trying to give muscular dystrophy the boot

Boot Drive happens at various grocery stores in Nanaimo this weekend, Sept. 18-19

Lieut. Blair Pinker, left, and firefighters Micah Chesher, Steve Nicks and Jared MacLeod will be out with firefighters collecting donations at various grocery store across Nanaimo to help fund the fight against muscular dystrophy this weekend. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Firefighter Micah Chesher loads one of 54 new MSA air packs that were distributed to Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews at the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Academy on Labieux Road on Wednesday, Sept. 15. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s firefighters take deep breaths with new air packs

Nanaimo Fire Rescue outfitted with new $600,000 self-contained breathing apparatus system

Firefighter Micah Chesher loads one of 54 new MSA air packs that were distributed to Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews at the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Academy on Labieux Road on Wednesday, Sept. 15. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Premier John Horgan tours the BC Wildfire Service camp set up in Vernon Thursday, Aug. 26, where firefighters from all over are stationed while battling the White Rock Lake blaze. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

B.C. premier, forests minister, tour White Rock Lake fire near Vernon

John Horgan joins Minister of Forests at firefighters’ camp

Premier John Horgan tours the BC Wildfire Service camp set up in Vernon Thursday, Aug. 26, where firefighters from all over are stationed while battling the White Rock Lake blaze. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A highway incident on Highway 19A near Black Creek shut down the road in both directions.

One dead after early morning crash near Black Creek

A car collided with a power pole shortly before 3 a.m. on Hwy 19A

A highway incident on Highway 19A near Black Creek shut down the road in both directions.
Saanich Fire Department worked hard to pull a horse from drowning in a mud bog on July 31 in Saanich. (Photo and video courtesy of Saanich Fire Department)

VIDEO: Firefighters rescue frightened horse stuck nose-deep in Vancouver Island mud bog

At the scene were a whole team of firefighters who put their heads together to rescue the filly

Saanich Fire Department worked hard to pull a horse from drowning in a mud bog on July 31 in Saanich. (Photo and video courtesy of Saanich Fire Department)
Firefighter Sue Idle (right) with Pass Creek Fire Department chief Aaron Bebelman. Photo: Submitted

‘It is hard. It is fun’: 55-year-old Castlegar woman becomes firefighter

Sue Idle is one of the newest members of the Pass Creek Fire Department

Firefighter Sue Idle (right) with Pass Creek Fire Department chief Aaron Bebelman. Photo: Submitted
Capt. Alan Millbank, Nanaimo Fire Rescue chief fire investigator, surveys the damage to the back of a house on Wakesiah Avenue where a fire broke out early Friday, July 23. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Four people displaced in early-morning house fire in Nanaimo

Home in the 300 block of Wakesiah Avenue suffered extensive damage, but all occupants got out safely

Capt. Alan Millbank, Nanaimo Fire Rescue chief fire investigator, surveys the damage to the back of a house on Wakesiah Avenue where a fire broke out early Friday, July 23. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The Horne Lake community is looking for fire protection services. (PQB News file photo)

RDN: Horne Lake residents call for enhanced fire protection services

Funds requested in 2022 budget for a feasibility study

The Horne Lake community is looking for fire protection services. (PQB News file photo)
Saanich firefighters rescued a crow Tuesday night after it flew down a chimney and got stuck. (Dan Wood/Twitter)

VIDEO: Saanich firefighters rescue ‘very vocal’ crow from fireplace chimney

Cat rescues somewhat common but crow call a first, says deputy fire chief

Saanich firefighters rescued a crow Tuesday night after it flew down a chimney and got stuck. (Dan Wood/Twitter)
A still image from security camera video recorded June 8 shows an individual lighting trash on fire in the doorway of 19+ Cannabis Store on Victoria Crescent. RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue are investigating numerous fires set in downtown Nanaimo in the past three months. (Photo submitted)

‘It’s out of control’: More than 20 fires set in downtown Nanaimo in past three months

Authorities asking business owners to keep dumpsters locked

A still image from security camera video recorded June 8 shows an individual lighting trash on fire in the doorway of 19+ Cannabis Store on Victoria Crescent. RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue are investigating numerous fires set in downtown Nanaimo in the past three months. (Photo submitted)
Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)

Nanaimo residents on edge of city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
A suspicious fire that heavily damaged a repair shop at Ajac’s Equipment on Cliff Street early Friday, June 4, is under investigation by Nanaimo RCMP. Cliff street, in downtown Nanaimo, has seen fires set recently in dumpsters and debris, including a fire started in a small pile of wood and debris between Ajac’s and a neighbouring business early Tuesday, June 8. Despite the damage from Friday’s fire Ajac’s has remained open. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Suspicious fires strike Nanaimo business twice in four days

Ajac’s Equipment hit by two fires. One caused serious damage. RCMP investigating

A suspicious fire that heavily damaged a repair shop at Ajac’s Equipment on Cliff Street early Friday, June 4, is under investigation by Nanaimo RCMP. Cliff street, in downtown Nanaimo, has seen fires set recently in dumpsters and debris, including a fire started in a small pile of wood and debris between Ajac’s and a neighbouring business early Tuesday, June 8. Despite the damage from Friday’s fire Ajac’s has remained open. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Campers learn auto extrication at past year’s Camp Ignite. Photo supplied by Camp Ignite

‘Camp Ignite’ helps young B.C. women pursue firefighting careers

This year’s camp will be on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 in Vancouver

Campers learn auto extrication at past year’s Camp Ignite. Photo supplied by Camp Ignite
Nanaimo Fire Rescue and RCMP are investigating six suspicious fires set around the city Tuesday, May 25, including a fire set in a dumpster next to a utility shed at the McDonald’s restaurant on Nicol Street shortly before 5 p.m. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters and RCMP called to 6 suspicious fires in one day

Fires in dumpsters and wooded areas Tuesday, May 25, under investigation

Nanaimo Fire Rescue and RCMP are investigating six suspicious fires set around the city Tuesday, May 25, including a fire set in a dumpster next to a utility shed at the McDonald’s restaurant on Nicol Street shortly before 5 p.m. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)