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City staff and the Kelowna Fire Department have had a number of questions asked about general fire safety in our growing city, including staffing levels and standards. These are valid questions and show the value placed by our residents on our first responders and the work they do every day to keep us safe.
As our city grows, the city’s infrastructure needs to keep pace. This includes public safety and, with that, the Kelowna Fire Department (KFD). The KFD responds to multiple call types, and the role of our front-line responders is busier and more complex than ever before. This challenge of growth is recognized by the City and will continue to be considered on how we work to ensure public safety, and to ensure we keep firefighter safety a key priority.
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Challenges arise when a community grows at the pace we are experiencing. We will continue to work on resourcing, training and equipping our front-line responders consistent with that growth. In the 2022 Financial Plan, the start of a long-term staffing and capital plan investment was implemented. Our recommendations in investing these funds will be based on many factors including rate of growth, population and building density, and comparative reviews of like-sized communities.
We also ask residents to do their part. Maintain smoke and CO alarms and be sure to have a fire safety plan for your home. Also, with summer upon us and high temperatures, we also remind everyone that open burning and campfires are prohibited within the City of Kelowna.
For more information on the KFD and fire safety tips, go to: Fire Department | City of Kelowna
Thank you and stay safe.
Fire Chief | City of Kelowna
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