Central Okanagan residents are encouraged to visit the Regional Emergency Program website cordemergency.ca and subscribe to receive email notification and information during any emergency situation.
Notice: June 28 - effective 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 30 - all campfires are prohibited in the Central Okanagan. View news release for more details
Mission Statement - 'The Willingness To Serve, The Courage To Act And The Ability To Perform'
The North Westside community is a rural area within the unincorporated Central Okanagan West Electoral Area accessed via Westside Road.
The Fire District covers approximately 2,500 properties with an estimated 1,200 residents sparsely spread throughout a fire protection area of some 900 square kilometres. It includes several neighbourhoods: Westshore Estates, Killiney Beach, Estamont, Valley of the Sun, Upper Fintry, Fintry, La Casa and Caesar's Landing. (Fire Protection Area Map)
The forest makeup throughout the area is dominantly pine with the occasional pockets of fir, cedar, spruce and balsam. Its coniferous makeup includes alder, poplar and birch.
North Westside is served by three fire stations: the main hall and Administration office Station 101 on Udell Road; a second hall Station 102 on Westside Road and the third Station 103 just off Killiney Beach. Each hall meets the Fire Underwriters’ Survey level of 3B qualifying surrounding residents and their properties for insurance discounts.
Administration office – Station 101 – 514 Udell Road, Killiney Beach
Non-emergency (250) 545-1195
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News and Events
- Steele's donation to Firefighters Society
For the second straight year, the North Westside Fire Rescue Firefighters Society has received a large donation from realtors Donna and Camille Steele of Royal LePage Kelowna.
The donation has important significance to the society, since the Steele family lives within the fire department service area.
The Steele’s recently presented a cheque for $3,000 to the non-profit society which is comprised of members of the paid-on-call fire department serving communities along Westside Road (La Casa resort, Valley of the Sun, Fintry and Upper Fintry, Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates).
Society president Shawn Barnes says “Each and every member of the firefighters society appreciates this generous donation from Donna and Camille. This kind of support from our community means a lot to our department firefighters, who train hard and are dedicated to helping their neighbours whenever the pager goes off and they’re called out to help. We thank Camille and Donna for showing their faith in our efforts and to be there when we are needed.”
- New fire chief named - June 2, 2021
North Westside Fire Rescue has a new paid-on-call Fire Chief starting June 14. Alex Van Bruksvoort, an experienced firefighting professional brings extensive credentials to the paid-on-call fire department that provides fire protection and first medical response service to residents in the communities of Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Fintry Delta, Valley of the Sun and La Casa resort. View full news release
Outdoor Open Burning - Ends April 30 - View News Release
- Firefighters Society Receives Large Donation - July 2020
Two Central Okanagan realtors have made a generous donation to their fire first responders.
Donna and Camille Steele of Royal LePage in Kelowna recently presented a cheque for $2,035 to the North Westside Fire Rescue Firefighters Society.
Acting Deputy Chiefs Shawn Barnes and Graeme Headley and Lieutenant Nic Cantryn received the donation on behalf of the Society.
Barnes, who is President of the Society says “the members of the fire department are extremely grateful for the substantial donation. It has even more significance as Donna’s family lives in one of the communities that we serve. It means a lot to the department firefighters to know they are appreciated for their hard work. They are dedicated to helping their neighbours and keeping them safe whenever duty calls. The donation is timely and welcome as due to the ongoing pandemic, we aren’t able to hold the annual Firefighters Society fundraising community barbeque this year.”
- Anyone interested in becoming a paid-on-call North Westside firefighter should call 250-545-1195 and leave their name, phone number and email address. Potential recruits will be contacted. Applications and recruitment information is also available for downloading and printing on the RDCO website www.rdco.com/firerecruit.
Outdoor Open Burning -
Outdoor Open Burning - Ends April 30 - View News Release
The outdoor burning season is regulated in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas in part by the Regional Fire Prevention and Regulations Bylaw No. 1066 and the Smoke Control Bylaw No. 773. Member municipal governments have similar regulations, which empower local fire chiefs to determine the open burning season.
- Depending on the fire hazard, season normally runs October 1st to April 30th throughout the Central Okanagan.
- Only eligible property owners with a permit from their local fire authority will be allowed to burn after also ensuring compliance with the BC Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation and after phoning the Open Burning Hotline 1-855-262-2876 which will tell them whether venting and air quality permit burning that day. On a day that burning is allowed, it's recommended burning begin later in the morning, as venting conditions are usually better after 10:00am.
Those with permits must call the Outdoor Burning Hotline 1-855-262-BURN (2876) before igniting burn piles to determine if outdoor burning is allowed.
Before ignitng any burn pile, residents with a valid permit from their local fire department are responsible to ensure their compliance with the BC Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. They are required to check the air quality conditions on the day that they want to burn. Conditions are updated daily at 8:00 am by calling 1-855-262-BURN (2876).