Penticton Fire Department set to host Wildfire training symposium

Over a three-day period starting May 3 through to May 5, 150 firefighters from 25 jurisdictions across BC will join their peers from the City of Penticton Fire Department in attending a Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire Training Symposium. 

The inaugural event was held in the spring of 2018, and proved an overwhelming success by both residents and attending Fire Service staff.  The Penticton Fire Dept. and its Partnering Agencies are continuing their commitment to this annual training event in 2019.   

Designed to help improve knowledge of and response to wildfires, the symposium will involve scheduled training exercises involving supervised burning and the active and visible deployment of fire service personnel, fire apparatus and aircraft in the Campbell Mountain, Sendero Canyon, and West Bench neighborhoods.

Residents and visitors to the Campbell Mountain, Sendero Canyon, and West Bench areas are advised that the exercises and training performed is being carried out by knowledgeable experienced professionals, with safety and property protection being the top priority.

 “The Penticton Fire Department wishes to thank all Penticton residents in advance for their patience and understand while this essential training exercise is carried out”, said Penticton Fire Chief, Larry Watkinson.  “The knowledge gained through this event benefits not only our local firefighters and the residents they protect, but also the crews and residents from the nearly 12 dozen BC communities who also respond to events involving wildland urban interface conditions”.

Over the course of the three day event, residents may observe the following:

  • 150+ Firefighters working a simulated Wildfire Event.
  • Unfamiliar Fire Trucks on Roadways.
  • Firefighters in your neighbourhood, and community.
  • Smoke on Campbell Mountain.