Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department
Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department

KVFD updates

KVFD receives a new radio repeater system upgrade

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department identified shortfalls with the radio system years ago and highlighted the need for improvements in 2019 when Domininon Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO), was added to the fire service area. RDOS accepted the need and worked jointly with KVFD to secure the new system. 

In the photo, RDOS lifts materials and a radio equipment container on top of Greyledge, just above the KVFD training ground. Radio communications has improved with greater service from DRAO and St. Andrews, both located within our fire service. KVFD's road rescue is better covered for safety and a system is in place for wildfire season. 

Kaleden Fire Department Training Site


   Homeowners can make their own properties and their communities much safer from wildfire by practicing Wildfire Risk Reduction.


Visit www.firesmartbc.ca or

www.bcwildfire.ca for more information

Based on current fire behavior and weather forecasts, the KVFD is asking homeowners in Kaleden, St. Andrews, and surrounding areas to be EXTRA VIGILANT in preparing their properties against wildfires. Here are a few action items recommended by FIRESMART:

  • inspect the roof/eaves and vents

  • keep gutters clean and free of leaves, pine needles

  • move woodpiles away from your home 

  • trim tree branches minimum 3 metres from ground

  • clean under decks, move construction material, trash

  • keep your lawn hydrated and maintained

  • keep on site fire tools handy. Every home should have readily accessible shovels, garden hoses, sprinklers and ladders for supressing a small fire that may start

  • have a GRAB & GO BAG ready at the door

  • If you have small pets, have a kennel close by

Rope Safety Rescue

Kaleden Volunteer Firefighters learn the ropes in a Rope Safety Rescue course.

Ten of Kaleden's Firefighters participated in Rope Safety Rescue Level 2 course offered by Rescue Canada in April.


The weekend training session for our Firefighters and First Responders included low slopes to high-angle rescue operations. Introduction to knots, improvised anchors, hand lines, belays, mechanical advantage and rappelling. Also, all the necessary skills to understand rope rescue, personal safety, and team safety, allowing KVFD to respond when the need arises.

Front row from left: Sterling Henschell, Conor McClarty, Stephen Weidner

Back row from left: Ryan Elphick, Colleen Fox, Terry Arsenault, Leslie Roos

Tony Madeira, Jean Dube, Uwe Zink

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.

Engine Boss Course

On April 25th, KVFD sent four Firefighters to Lake Country for Provincial Wildfire training. The crew joined 14 other departments for hands-on structure-protection training. The course is designed to provide municipal firefighters with the skills and training requirements that cover specific issues related to Provincial Wildfire deployments. This training is important given the interface areas within Kaleden. KVFD typically focuses a fair bit of training and preparedness for wildfire season. Engine Boss was a day well spent and KVFD is more equipped to protect locally and/or contribute provincially if another Christie Mountain situation arises.

Due to Covid protocols, the Firefighters completed class learning on line and while in the field were able to work in their own departments pods.

Engine Boss ENGB

Pictured above: Capt. Leslie Roos, Lt. Sterling Henschell, Capt. Doug Dahl

Seated in apparatus: Capt. Stephan Wiedner


Auto extrication demonstration

Porta tank demonstration - water delivery

Dress up like a fire fighter at the photo booth

Auto extrication demonstration

Safety Village May 2021

Kaleden Firefighters at Penticton Safety Village to guide Kaleden Elementary K–1 students through the Safety House.

MP, Richard Cannings, cycled to the Safety House for a visit as well.  

Penticton Safety Village

"My dad's a Firefighter!"

Kaleden Elementary K-1 class

Young students from Kaleden Elementary school spend the morning at Penticton Safety Village.                            May, 2021

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department


303 Lakehill Road

Kaleden, BC  V0H 1K0

Hall telephone: 250-497-8231

Email: kaledenfire@shaw.ca