Sicamous fire department offers opportunity to knock down live fire

Fire department to hold recruitment drive Sunday afternoon, followed by barbecue.

Sicamous residents keen to see if they have what it takes to be a firefighter will have an opportunity this weekend at the fire hall.

In need of volunteers, the Sicamous Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a recruitment drive on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Fire Chief Brett Ogino says he hopes to hold a live fire display that will allow prospective firefighters to suit up and try their hand at knocking down flames.

“We’re at 20 members, but certainly we need more,” says Ogino, noting a number of members are currently working in Alberta and are not available year-round.

While there is a junior program (ages 16 to 19), the department is looking for volunteers 19 and over, who can be trained to fight structural fires. He adds that men and women are encouraged to pop by Sunday and check things out.

“Everybody thinks it’s a guy’s only thing, and we’re certainly not that way in our department,” says Ogino.

After 5 p.m., the fire department will be hosting a barbecue for all the participants.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, the Sicamous department will be attending a pancake breakfast/ fundraiser at the Sicamous and District Recreation Centre for Malakwa volunteer firefighter Cam Salmond, who recently lost his home in a fire. The breakfast runs from 8 a.m. to noon, after which area firefighters from several departments will also be providing safety demonstrations. There will also be raffles, face-painting and other activities. All are welcome to both events.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Salmon Arm demonstrators show unity with Black Lives Matter movement

Participants speak out against systemic racism and targeting of vulnerable populations

RCMP seek to identify person of interest in Salmon Arm arson investigation

Police believe a June 4 residential garage fire was deliberately set

Revelstoke, North Okanagan RCMP team up to nab Alberta man, stolen BMW

Helicopter, dogs used in North Okanagan highway arrest

Salmon Arm West bridge construction expected to begin in fall 2020

Budget for Highway 1 project up $20 million over intial 2016 estimate

No active confirmed COVID-19 cases in Interior Health: BCCDC

Numbers from the BCCDC’s dashboard show 193 of the 195 COVID-19 cases in the region have recovered

March dental conference key to many of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases

Early infections from China, Iran were quickly contained

Penticton Search and Rescue respond to six calls in less than a week

Two hikers rescued in early morning search near Greyback Lake latest in series of searches

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary rescinds all Grand Forks-area evacuation orders

Evacuation alerts for 1,136 Boundary properties remain in effect as officials monitor forecasts

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

In photos: Modified, yet traditional graduation gives Penticton graduates a sense of normalcy

Students around Penticton take part in pre-recorded graduation ceremonies

Filming to resume safely later in June: Okanagan Film Commission

Film commissioner Jon Summerland said they want to start filming again later in June

Kelowna RCMP investigate woman’s sudden death

Criminality is not suspected at this time, according to RCMP

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Most Read