KFD Annual open house comes to you… virtually

November 16, 2020

While you can’t go in person… you can go virtual! As with so many gatherings and events this year, the annual Kelowna Fire Department Open House could not take place for health safety reasons as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not to be deterred, resourceful firefighters did a quick pivot and filmed a tour of Kelowna Station No. 1 to share with the community.

“We were disappointed to cancel this well attended community event which helps support the Kelowna Professional Firefighters Charitable Society,” said Fire Prevention Officer Paul Johnson. “We see how much fun it is for kids and their families every year. But safety is paramount, so instead we filmed our team walking through a tour of Kelowna Station No. 1 showing off some of our vehicles and equipment used in fire and emergency situations.”

The tour video gives viewers an inside look of vehicles such as Fire Engine 1, ATV 1 ‘The Gator’ and Kelowna Rescue 1, complete with explanations about when each vehicle is used and what different tools each have for fighting different types of fires or assisting in an emergency.

“While we don’t have pancakes and coffee this year, we’re inviting anyone who is interested to visit kelowna.ca/fire from the comfort and safety of their own home and spend a little time with members of our team to learn more about what we do,” said Johnson. “We are hopeful to be able to host the open house in 2021.”

To learn more about fire safety and fire prevention in Kelowna, visit kelowna.ca/fireprevention.