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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

 

Firefighters and veterinarians came up with a plan to rescue a horse whose hindquarters were stuck down a septic tank in rural Langley Township on Wednesday, Aug. 4. (Langley Township Fire Department/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley firefighters rescue horse that fell into septic tank

Latest large animal rescue assist for Township fire crews

 

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

 

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Supporting our E-Comm system is vital to all emergency response

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Emergency crews were at Willowbrook Shopping Centre Wednesday, July 13, 2022, for reports of noxious spray being set off inside. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Three people sprayed in Langley’s Willowbrook Mall, building evacuated

Store employee told the Langley Advance Times that the mall was evacuated.

Emergency crews were at Willowbrook Shopping Centre Wednesday, July 13, 2022, for reports of noxious spray being set off inside. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews were able to rescue a beagle from a drain pipe Friday, July 1. (Photos courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)

B.C. firefighters rescue dog trapped in drain pipe after ‘yelp for help’

Firefighters fasten blanket to fire hose to create ‘Q-tip’ to pull out panicked pooch

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews were able to rescue a beagle from a drain pipe Friday, July 1. (Photos courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)
Students of Alice Brown Elementary School enjoyed hot dogs and drinks with Langley City and Township of Langley firefighters on Wednesday June 22. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

Langley firefighters serve up hotdogs

Alice Brown Elementary students won a fundraiser competition

Students of Alice Brown Elementary School enjoyed hot dogs and drinks with Langley City and Township of Langley firefighters on Wednesday June 22. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
Mayor Jack Froese (in the truck) is hosting the annual Mayor’s Charitable Gala with the Langley Township firefighters, raising money for local causes. The event will be held this September, and tickets go on sale in June. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Mayor’s Gala returns to Langley Township to raise funds for local charities

Langley Township firefighters organize the annual event

  • May 30, 2022
Mayor Jack Froese (in the truck) is hosting the annual Mayor’s Charitable Gala with the Langley Township firefighters, raising money for local causes. The event will be held this September, and tickets go on sale in June. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)
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Firefighter Justin Law retired after 15 years in the firefighting profession and 28 as a paramedic. (Jhim Burwell/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Career paramedic-turned-firefighter escorted off the job

After 28 years as a paramedic and 15 as a fireman, Justin Law’s colleagues celebrate his retirement

Firefighter Justin Law retired after 15 years in the firefighting profession and 28 as a paramedic. (Jhim Burwell/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley City Fire Rescue held a change of command ceremony April 29, 2022. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley City Fire Rescue’s retiring chief hands over command

Official ceremony marks new leadership in the local fire department

Langley City Fire Rescue held a change of command ceremony April 29, 2022. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)
Firefighters-Cancer 20220505 Vancouver firefighter Jenn Dawkins, shown in a handout photo, lobbied for breast cancer to be included in British Columbia’s legislation as a presumed occupational illness covered by the province’s health and safety agency for workers. Three years later, she would be diagnosed with the disease that is a top killer of firefighters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-David Harcus

Firefighters say recognition of their cancer risk is tough battle across Canada

British Columbia recently amended the Workers Compensation Act to include three more cancers

Firefighters-Cancer 20220505 Vancouver firefighter Jenn Dawkins, shown in a handout photo, lobbied for breast cancer to be included in British Columbia’s legislation as a presumed occupational illness covered by the province’s health and safety agency for workers. Three years later, she would be diagnosed with the disease that is a top killer of firefighters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-David Harcus
Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the B.C. Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Vaccine policy to remain in place for B.C. Wildfire Service

All B.C. government employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the B.C. Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Township of Langley Firefighters Charitable Society members volunteered to build a gazebo at the new Langley hospice last week. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Volunteers prepping new Langley hospice

Constructing a garden gazebo at the new residence is a labour of love for a number of firefighters

Township of Langley Firefighters Charitable Society members volunteered to build a gazebo at the new Langley hospice last week. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Surrey Fire Services’ technical-rescue team extricated a woman from a ravine near Chantrell Creek Thursday (April 7, 2022) afternoon. (File photo)

Technical-rescue team dispatched after woman tumbles into South Surrey ravine

Crews were in Chantrell Creek area on Thursday

Surrey Fire Services’ technical-rescue team extricated a woman from a ravine near Chantrell Creek Thursday (April 7, 2022) afternoon. (File photo)
The under-construction Water’s Edge building on Truswell Road in Kelowna engulfed in flames moments before it collapsed on July 8, 2017. (File)

‘Brutally understaffed’ to combat high-rise blazes: Retired Kelowna firefighter

‘We have 120 firefighters on staff, but a minimum of 23 on shift,’ said Kelowna Fire Chief Travis Whiting

The under-construction Water’s Edge building on Truswell Road in Kelowna engulfed in flames moments before it collapsed on July 8, 2017. (File)
Cloverdale-Langley City MP John Aldag is supporting a private member’s bill to aid firefighters stricken with cancer. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Cloverdale-Langley City MP supports bill to help firefighters dealing with cancer

Firefighters suffer from cancer at a higher rate than the general public

Cloverdale-Langley City MP John Aldag is supporting a private member’s bill to aid firefighters stricken with cancer. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Martyka Sutor, her partner Steven, son Arlo and newborn daughter Maia pose for a photo with firefighters from Surrey’s Hall 17. (Contributed photo)

‘There was no stopping her’: Firefighters deliver baby in B.C. couple’s home

‘It was a day we will never forget’ says South Surrey mother

Martyka Sutor, her partner Steven, son Arlo and newborn daughter Maia pose for a photo with firefighters from Surrey’s Hall 17. (Contributed photo)
Langley City fire chief Rory Thompson (left) formally received his fire chief’s helmet from then-acting chief Jim McIntee in 2011. On Monday, March 5, 2022, Thompson announced his retirement. (Langley Advance Times file)

Langley City fire chief who campaigned for tougher sprinkler laws is retiring

Rory Thompson will be succeeded by deputy chief Scott Kennedy

Langley City fire chief Rory Thompson (left) formally received his fire chief’s helmet from then-acting chief Jim McIntee in 2011. On Monday, March 5, 2022, Thompson announced his retirement. (Langley Advance Times file)
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‘Should be an alarm bell’: Calls for action after fatal fires on First Nations

Study found First Nations people living on reserves were 10 times more likely to die in a fire

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