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Honoured Crofton firefighters, from left, include: Eric Johnson (25 years), Ken Rukus (40 years), Joe Bailey (25 years), Jamie Greenwood (25 years), Jeff Funk (25 years), Rob Dyke (25 years), Owen Webb (40 years) and Lee Burridge (25 years). Absent: Jason Thompson (25 years). (Photo submitted)

Dedication a common trait at the Crofton Fire Hall

Many long years of service by individuals recognized

 

Saanich firefighters rescued a crow Tuesday night after it flew down a chimney and got stuck. (Dan Wood/Twitter)

VIDEO: Saanich firefighters rescue ‘very vocal’ crow from fireplace chimney

Cat rescues somewhat common but crow call a first, says deputy fire chief

 

Tom Millard served his community well for so many years with the Chemainus Fire Department. (Photo submitted)

Millard dedicated himself to community service

Long-time Chemainus Fire Department member and chief remembered for his commitment

 

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)

Neighbours on edge of Nanaimo city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
Johnny Cullen Keidann and Jeffrey Thudian applying fire suppression foam after mop-up to lower the risk of hotspots rekindling. (Photo by Jeannine Caldbeck)

Thetis Island department makes up for lost time in fire responses

Firefighters urge people seeing smoke or flames to call in sooner

Johnny Cullen Keidann and Jeffrey Thudian applying fire suppression foam after mop-up to lower the risk of hotspots rekindling. (Photo by Jeannine Caldbeck)
This wall space on the back of the Chemainus post office will soon look a lot better with the addition of a 100th anniversary Chemainus Fire Department commemorative mural. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Fire Department 100th anniversary mural taking shape

Artist who’s a newcomer to Shawnigan Lake putting the finishing touches to the project

This wall space on the back of the Chemainus post office will soon look a lot better with the addition of a 100th anniversary Chemainus Fire Department commemorative mural. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Campers learn auto extrication at past year’s Camp Ignite. Photo supplied by Camp Ignite

‘Camp Ignite’ helps young B.C. women pursue firefighting careers

This year’s camp will be on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 in Vancouver

Campers learn auto extrication at past year’s Camp Ignite. Photo supplied by Camp Ignite
Alex Meyer has maintained a positive outlook throughout his ordeal. (Photo submitted)

Further chemotherapy or radiation required for Meyer

Cancer battle rages on for Chemainus firefighter

Alex Meyer has maintained a positive outlook throughout his ordeal. (Photo submitted)
A vehicle that was driven through the wall of a parkade at Uptown Shopping Centre and into the nearby Walmart on April 9 was removed through another hole in the wall later that night. (Photo via Saanich Police Department and Ayush Kakkar)

Vehicle launched into B.C. Walmart removed following rescue of trapped workers

Crews cut new hole in parkade wall to remove vehicle safely

A vehicle that was driven through the wall of a parkade at Uptown Shopping Centre and into the nearby Walmart on April 9 was removed through another hole in the wall later that night. (Photo via Saanich Police Department and Ayush Kakkar)
Bean, a small dog, got her head stuck in the reclining mechanism of a couch on Wednesday night. (Facebook/Kamloops Fire Rescue)

Kamloops fire crews free Bean the pup trapped in reclining chair

‘We don’t rescue cats out of trees anymore… but we do occasionally rescue dogs out of reclining couches!’

Bean, a small dog, got her head stuck in the reclining mechanism of a couch on Wednesday night. (Facebook/Kamloops Fire Rescue)
Alex Meyer spent considerable time in hospital in Vancouver before returning home to Chemainus. (Photo submitted)

Meyer happy to be home again following cancer treatments

Extended Vancouver stay exhausting, but Chemainus firefighter keeping his spirits up

Alex Meyer spent considerable time in hospital in Vancouver before returning home to Chemainus. (Photo submitted)
Alex Meyer at Vancouver General Hospital ready to beat his cancer with a stem cell transplant. (Photo submitted)

Intensive chemotherapy resumes for Chemainus firefighter

Stem cells to be reintroduxced to Alex Meyer’s body in cancer treatment

Alex Meyer at Vancouver General Hospital ready to beat his cancer with a stem cell transplant. (Photo submitted)
Alex Meyer during the first biopsy of his heart when he had some complications. (Photo submitted)

Chemainus firefighter getting stem cell transplant

Alex Meyer at Vancouver General Hospital for the procedure

Alex Meyer during the first biopsy of his heart when he had some complications. (Photo submitted)
Members of the Saanich Fire Department can be seen working to put out a fire in the 4500-block of Chattertown Way on Jan. 26. (Saanich Fire/Twitter)

One cat killed, another resuscitated following blaze in Saanich townhouse

Neighbours evacuated following fire on Chatterton Way, third cat still missing

Members of the Saanich Fire Department can be seen working to put out a fire in the 4500-block of Chattertown Way on Jan. 26. (Saanich Fire/Twitter)
Alex Meyer during chemotherapy. (Photo submitted)

Firefighter’s fitness, positive attitude prominent in cancer battle

Meyer keeping the faith heading into stem cell transplant next month

Alex Meyer during chemotherapy. (Photo submitted)
The Saanich Fire Department is calling for residents to be fire smart as they deck the halls for the holidays. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island firefighters offer safety tips to avoid holiday fires

Candles, damaged lights, dry trees and smoking can all lead to house fires

The Saanich Fire Department is calling for residents to be fire smart as they deck the halls for the holidays. (Black Press Media file photo)
Chemainus Fire Department members ventilate smoke at the former Kinney Clothing Co. location after a call Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Andrea Rondeau)

Fire crews ventilate smoke at former Kinney Clothing Co. location

Industrial floor sander dust collection bag overheats

Chemainus Fire Department members ventilate smoke at the former Kinney Clothing Co. location after a call Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Andrea Rondeau)
A fire structure protection unit responds to a call in Campbell River. Mayors from smaller communities are voicing their need for more provincial funding to cope with the rising cost of fire services and equipment. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror.

B.C.’s smaller communities want a better solution for funding fire protection

Rural mayors asking the province for help with the rising cost of equipment and training

A fire structure protection unit responds to a call in Campbell River. Mayors from smaller communities are voicing their need for more provincial funding to cope with the rising cost of fire services and equipment. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror.
More than 70 residents and visitors gathered to celebrate the official opening of the newly-expanded and renovated Central Hall on Thetis Island late last year. (Photo by Dave Tarris)

Firefighters, newspapers share important status

This week really does matter for two significant reasons

More than 70 residents and visitors gathered to celebrate the official opening of the newly-expanded and renovated Central Hall on Thetis Island late last year. (Photo by Dave Tarris)
Fire department role quite different on Thetis Island

Fire department role quite different on Thetis Island

Expanded duties include road rescue and medical emergencies

Fire department role quite different on Thetis Island