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Benny Hanson, who turned 90 on Feb. 1, 2022, is a pump operator with the Celista Fire Department. (Celista Fire Department image)

90-year-old B.C. firefighter has always been one to keep busy

Benny Hanson said his philosophy was ‘change jobs every four years’

Benny Hanson, who turned 90 on Feb. 1, 2022, is a pump operator with the Celista Fire Department. (Celista Fire Department image)
Fred Parker, 88, has retired from Sooke Fire Rescue after nearly seven decades of fire service in Calgary, Sooke and as a private fire investigator in the U.S. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)
Fred Parker, 88, has retired from Sooke Fire Rescue after nearly seven decades of fire service in Calgary, Sooke and as a private fire investigator in the U.S. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)
Capt. Rob Kivell displays a hockey card showcasing his job before firefighting – on the ice with a Calgary Flames affiliate club. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Former Flame turned Oak Bay fire prevention officer chases third kidney transplant

Retiring Capt. Rob Kivell hands over duties to friend, coworker

Capt. Rob Kivell displays a hockey card showcasing his job before firefighting – on the ice with a Calgary Flames affiliate club. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
First Nations’ Emergency Services Society members Dean Colthorp, left, and Reo Jerome pose beside the truck donated to the society Feb. 1 by Esquimalt Fire Rescue. Fire Chief Steve Serbic stands on the engine. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Esquimalt fire donates engine to help train First Nation departments across B.C.

Truck to be used to build firefighters’ skills, enable better community protection in emergencies

First Nations’ Emergency Services Society members Dean Colthorp, left, and Reo Jerome pose beside the truck donated to the society Feb. 1 by Esquimalt Fire Rescue. Fire Chief Steve Serbic stands on the engine. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Municipal firefighters are trained and licensed to administer an enhanced level of emergency medical care to patients, including in the event of attending an overdose call. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke mayor worries for firefighters in opioid crisis, despite low call numbers

‘Our firefighters are put into many tragic circumstances,’ says Maja Tait

Municipal firefighters are trained and licensed to administer an enhanced level of emergency medical care to patients, including in the event of attending an overdose call. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
A deer that fell through ice in Westwood Lake got a ride to safety aboard Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s rescue boat on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)

Deer rescued after falling through ice on Vancouver Island lake

Nanaimo Fire Rescue and B.C. Conservation Officer Service respond to incident Tuesday, Jan. 25

A deer that fell through ice in Westwood Lake got a ride to safety aboard Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s rescue boat on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)
Firefighter Aidan Wells is the new executive director for the Oak Bay Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

New face leads firefighter fundraising in Oak Bay

Aidan Wells started as a teen volunteer with Metchosin Fire Department

Firefighter Aidan Wells is the new executive director for the Oak Bay Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
White Rock firefighters (left to right) Scott Pearson, Capt. Cordell Fulton, Cory McKinnon and Bira Bindra say they were happy to be there to assist in delivering a premature baby girl in a Columbia Avenue residence on Jan. 11. Alex Browne photo

B.C. fire crew helps mom deliver baby at home on the floor

Emergency call for early birth welcomes city of White Rock’s newest resident

White Rock firefighters (left to right) Scott Pearson, Capt. Cordell Fulton, Cory McKinnon and Bira Bindra say they were happy to be there to assist in delivering a premature baby girl in a Columbia Avenue residence on Jan. 11. Alex Browne photo
Volunteer firefighters with North Cedar Volunteer Fire Department braved near-freezing waters to save a dog that was seen struggling for its life after falling through ice on Holden Lake in Hemer Park south of Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Dog rescued after falling through ice on lake near Nanaimo

Volunteer firefighters mount water rescue after dog seen struggling for its life in Hemer Park

Volunteer firefighters with North Cedar Volunteer Fire Department braved near-freezing waters to save a dog that was seen struggling for its life after falling through ice on Holden Lake in Hemer Park south of Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A block of Vancouver Avenue in Nanaimo was closed after a tree fell and brought down utility poles and communication lines. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Woman narrowly escapes injury from falling Nanaimo tree, utility poles and wires

Tree brought down communication lines and several utility poles, but woman unhurt

A block of Vancouver Avenue in Nanaimo was closed after a tree fell and brought down utility poles and communication lines. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Central Saanich Fire Chief Kenn Mount urges the public to pay additional attention over Christmas and December generally in light of various challenges such as weather and other potential causes of fire such as fires related to Christmas cooking and chimney fires. (Photo by Tyler Cave Productions)

Foul weather, seasonal spike in fires prompt appeal from Central Saanich fire chief

Central Saanich Fire Department seeing increase in calls on Mondays

Central Saanich Fire Chief Kenn Mount urges the public to pay additional attention over Christmas and December generally in light of various challenges such as weather and other potential causes of fire such as fires related to Christmas cooking and chimney fires. (Photo by Tyler Cave Productions)
Deputy fire chief Mike Harman of the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department helps unload a trailer of food collected during the Sidney portion of the Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive on Dec. 11. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Firefighters food drive breaks records thanks to Saanich Peninsula donors

Christmas charity event returns with a bang after being cancelled in 2020

Deputy fire chief Mike Harman of the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department helps unload a trailer of food collected during the Sidney portion of the Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive on Dec. 11. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Santa Claus and firefighters with the Colwood Fire Department travel through the community during a previous Santa Go Round. Santa is set to return to the West Shore this year, starting in View Royal on Dec. 11. (Black Press Media file photo)

Santa Go Round returns to the West Shore this month

Santa joins View Royal firefighters Saturday (Dec. 11) spreading cheer, collecting food donations

Santa Claus and firefighters with the Colwood Fire Department travel through the community during a previous Santa Go Round. Santa is set to return to the West Shore this year, starting in View Royal on Dec. 11. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Township of Esquimalt is inviting residents to provide feedback for the Esquimalt Fire Department’s upcoming strategic plan via an online survey. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt Fire Department seeks public input for strategic plan

Residents can complete an online survey between Dec. 1 and 21

  • Dec 5, 2021
The Township of Esquimalt is inviting residents to provide feedback for the Esquimalt Fire Department’s upcoming strategic plan via an online survey. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Peninsula firefighters join staff from the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank in showing off donations to the Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive in 2019. The food drive returns next month after being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Tyson Elder)

Sidney, North Saanich, Central Saanich firefighters unite to douse hunger in annual food drive

Modified version of Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive set to return

Saanich Peninsula firefighters join staff from the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank in showing off donations to the Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive in 2019. The food drive returns next month after being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Tyson Elder)
A North Saanich firefighter poses alongside a reflective address sign, which helps emergency crews save time when searching for an address in the dark. (Courtesy of North Saanich Fire Department)

Reflective address signs help firefighters, North Saanich department says

North Saanich, Sooke, Metchosin fire departments offer sign service

A North Saanich firefighter poses alongside a reflective address sign, which helps emergency crews save time when searching for an address in the dark. (Courtesy of North Saanich Fire Department)
Oak Bay Fire Department is seeking candidates for deputy chief. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay seeks dynamic deputy to help lead its fire department

Public relations skills an asset to work with Oak Bay fire

Oak Bay Fire Department is seeking candidates for deputy chief. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria Fire Department’s Fire Engine 11 drives past the pediatric unit of Victoria General Hospital. The Professional Fire Fighters of Greater Victoria announced a 10-year pledge of $250,000 to the unit. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Professional Firefighters of Greater Victoria pledge half a million for Victoria’s sick children

Announcement came with a drive past Victoria General’s pediatric unit

Victoria Fire Department’s Fire Engine 11 drives past the pediatric unit of Victoria General Hospital. The Professional Fire Fighters of Greater Victoria announced a 10-year pledge of $250,000 to the unit. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Midway Fire and Rescue volunteers held the diesel spill before the fuel could enter a nearby culvert, according to Chief Mike Daloise. Photo: Submitted

Semi crashes on ‘sharp, hairpin turn’ on Hwy 3, officials respond to diesel spill

Nearby section of Kettle River unaffected, says Ministry of Environment

Midway Fire and Rescue volunteers held the diesel spill before the fuel could enter a nearby culvert, according to Chief Mike Daloise. Photo: Submitted
A firefighter stands on the shoreline of the St.Lawrence River Monday, October 18, 2021, where a firefighter drowned during a rescue operation in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Montreal firefighter dead after falling into St. Lawrence River during rescue mission

Boaters in distress saved, but for an unknown reason fire department rescue boat then capsized

A firefighter stands on the shoreline of the St.Lawrence River Monday, October 18, 2021, where a firefighter drowned during a rescue operation in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
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