Kelowna Fire Department
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. The dispatch centre 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.
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.
In April 2019 the Kelowna Fire Department partnered with FortisBC to raise the alarm about carbon monoxide (CO) and how residents can keep their families and homes safe. Firefighters checked 458 homes in the Lower Mission and Rutland neighbourhoods for working CO alarms. If a home did not have one, firefighters gave and properly installed on the spot a combined CO and smoke alarm provided by FortisBC. A total of 168 alarms were installed.
- Open all doors and windows
- Turn off any appliances you suspect are faulty
- Go outside for fresh air immediately
- Call 911 and the FortisBC emergency line at 1-800-663-9911 when you are in a safe area
- Seek medical attention if needed
- Do not go back inside unless emergency personnel tell you it is safe
- Once allowed back inside, have a licensed gas contractor inspect your gas appliances
- If your house has an attached garage, natural goas or fuel burning appliances or a wood stove you should have CO alarms on every floor
- Install a CO alarm in bedrooms or hallways near sleeping areas on each level of your home
- You already have a CO alarm? Great! Make sure to test it and change the batteries twice a year
- If your CO alarm is more than 10 years old, it’s time to replace it
- Have your natural gas appliances well-maintained regularly by a licensed contractor
- Contact our Fire Prevention team to learn more about CO safety: 250-469-8801
- 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)