The goal of the Kelowna Fire Department is to provide realistic and effective fire protection and public safety services to all areas of the Kelowna. This includes fire suppression and rescue, fire prevention, fire safety inspections, fire training, first medical responses, hazardous material response, speciality rescue, pre-incident planning, dispatch and emergency management.
Kelowna Fire Department operates seven fire stations located strategically throughout the city. Each has a full complement of modern, up-to-date vehicles and equipment. There are 122 full time personnel and 45 paid-on-call volunteers.
In 2015, the department responded to 10,736 calls including 1,632 fires, 868 motor vehicle accidents, and 7,101 first medical response calls. The Fire Prevention Branch completed 4,654 life safety inspections, 209 public education presentations and 27 fire investigations. Check out the Kelowna Fire Department's 2015 Annual Report for more information.
The dispatch centre, which handles 9-1-1 calls for all fire departments within the Regional District of the Central Okanagan and the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen, processed 30,336 incidents in 2015 resulting in approximately 255,422 radio and telephone transactions.
The Department’s full-time personnel promote public safety year-round, through fire inspections and public education programs like Fire Prevention Week. Trained paid on call (volunteer) firefighters contribute greatly to emergency efforts in outlying areas of the city.
The Fire Prevention Branch is responsible for:
- The inspection of buildings, processes, equipment, systems, mobile food vendors, and other fire and related life safety situations
- The investigation of fires, explosions, hazardous materials incidents, and other related emergency incidents handled by the fire department
- The review of construction plans, drawings, and specifications for life safety systems, fire protection systems, access, water supplies, processes, and hazardous materials and other fire and life safety issues
- The fire and life safety education
- Existing occupancies and conditions, the design and construction of new buildings, remodeling of existing buildings, and additions to existing buildings
- The storage, use, processing, handling, and on-site transportation of hazardous materials
- The design, alteration, modification, construction, maintenance, and testing of fire protection systems and equipment
- Access requirements for fire department operations
- Hazards from outside fires in vegetation, trash, building debris, and other materials
- The regulation and control of special events such as exhibits, trade shows, amusement parks, and other similar special occupancies
- The interior finish, decorations, furnishings, and other combustibles that contribute to fire spread, fire load, and smoke production
- The storage, use, processing, handling, and on-site transportation of flammable and combustible gases, liquids, and solids.
- Issuing fireworks permits, and open burning permits (properties greater than one hectare).
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