Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department
Fall chimney maintenace and proper inspection is a must!
As the temperature outside drops, fireplaces, wood stoves and pellet stoves will be used frequently.
Follow these chimney, fireplace safety tips :
Get an annual chimney inspection by a certified chimney technician.
Make sure the top of the chimney is free and clear of tree branches.
Cap it. Have a chimney cap installed on all of the flues.
Right fuel for the job. Well-seasoned hardwood. Do not burn Christmas trees, pressure treated or painted scrap lumber.
Liquid free light. Do not use lighter fluid, gasoline or charcoal grill lighter.
Keep it clear. Keep all furniture and combustible furnishings at least 1 metre away from the fireplace or wood stove.
Have a fireplace screen or set of glass doors in front of your fireplace.
Treat your fire like a toddler, watch them. Do not leave them unattended.
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
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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.
Pictured above: Capt. Leslie Roos, Lt. Sterling Henschell, Capt. Doug Dahl
Seated in apparatus: Capt. Stephan Wiedner
WAY TO GO TEAM !
Auto extrication demonstration
Porta tank demonstration - water delivery
Dress up like a fire fighter at the photo booth
Auto extrication demonstration
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.
"My dad's a Firefighter!"
Young students from Kaleden Elementary school spend the morning at Penticton Safety Village. May, 2021