firefighters

A bill to increase income tax credits for volunteer firefighters has been introduced in Parliament by Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord John. (PQN News file photo)
A bill to increase income tax credits for volunteer firefighters has been introduced in Parliament by Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord John. (PQN News file photo)
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)
Parskville Fire Department Fire Engine. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville council supports increase in tax credit allowance for volunteer firefighters

Petition for move raised by Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns

Parskville Fire Department Fire Engine. (PQB News file photo)
Parksville Fire Department fire engine. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville Fire Department moves to upgrade training facilities

City council allocates cash increase for improvements

Parksville Fire Department fire engine. (PQB News file photo)
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)
Parksville Fire Department is looking for paid on-call volunteer firefighters for 2021. (PQB News file photo)
Parksville Fire Department is looking for paid on-call volunteer firefighters for 2021. (PQB News file photo)
The Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department crews were called out to a house fire on Jan. 5, 2021. (file photo)

No injuries reported as Dashwood fire crews battle house fire

RCMP, BC Ambulance and Qualicum Beach Fire Department also in attendance

The Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department crews were called out to a house fire on Jan. 5, 2021. (file photo)
Firefighters battled a massive fire in Coombs early Jan. 3, 2021. (Coombs-Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department Facebook photo)

Cause of massive Sunday-morning blaze in Coombs remains under investigation

Fire chief says quick action of initial on-scene crews prevented fire from spreading

Firefighters battled a massive fire in Coombs early Jan. 3, 2021. (Coombs-Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department Facebook photo)
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)
A fire services review commissioned by the Regional District of Nanaimo has suggested turning the six District 69 fire departments into a regional service. (PQB News file photo)

Study suggests turning District 69 fire departments into regional service

Area fire officials not convinced with review’s recommendation

A fire services review commissioned by the Regional District of Nanaimo has suggested turning the six District 69 fire departments into a regional service. (PQB News file photo)
Parksville Fire Department firefighters were at Thrifty’s during its Annual Food and Toy Drive’s Fill the Boots for Food. (Michael Briones photo)

Fire departments raise close to $90K during annual food and toy drive

Six Parksville Qualicum Beach area departments worked together on campaign

Parksville Fire Department firefighters were at Thrifty’s during its Annual Food and Toy Drive’s Fill the Boots for Food. (Michael Briones photo)
Parksville Fire Department crews were called to a fire at the Coast Parksville Hotel on Sunday, Dec. 6. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville hotel evacuated after third-floor fire

No injuries reported following blaze

Parksville Fire Department crews were called to a fire at the Coast Parksville Hotel on Sunday, Dec. 6. (PQB News file photo)
Two fire hydrants in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area, painted with creative designs. (Michael Briones photo)
Two fire hydrants in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area, painted with creative designs. (Michael Briones photo)
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Firefighters 2020 Boots for Food drive raises more than $75K in Parksville area

Fire Chief Marc Norris: ‘It is truly amazing to see our residents come together to help’

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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.
Hailyn Scott, 3, drops off a donation into the boot held by Parksville Fire Department firefighter Chris Frank. (Michael Briones photo)
Hailyn Scott, 3, drops off a donation into the boot held by Parksville Fire Department firefighter Chris Frank. (Michael Briones photo)
Members of local fire departments will ‘fill the boots for food’ as part of an annual fundraiser. (Submitted photo)

Parksville Qualicum Beach fire departments participate in 2020 Fill the Boots for Food Drive

Donations can be made in various locations throughout the region

Members of local fire departments will ‘fill the boots for food’ as part of an annual fundraiser. (Submitted photo)
Greg Duerksen and his family. (gofundme photo)

Firefighter prepares for stem cell transplant

Friends rally to help raise funds for Duerksen family

Greg Duerksen and his family. (gofundme photo)
Parksville Volunteer Fire Department firefighters will be at yet-to-be-announced locations on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to collect cash donations. (File photo)
Parksville Volunteer Fire Department firefighters will be at yet-to-be-announced locations on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to collect cash donations. (File photo)
EVFD firefighters Scott Shepard, left, and Alex Jarvi kneel next to a new positive pressure ventilation fan on the left, and one that is 30 years old, on the right. They hope to raise enough funds to replace the old fan for good. (Mandy Moraes photo)
EVFD firefighters Scott Shepard, left, and Alex Jarvi kneel next to a new positive pressure ventilation fan on the left, and one that is 30 years old, on the right. They hope to raise enough funds to replace the old fan for good. (Mandy Moraes photo)