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Penticton Fire Department (PFD) was founded in 1911 and has proudly served the community ever since. Penticton is in the heart of the South Okanagan's world famous wine country. Situated between two beautiful lakes, the Penticton Fire Department protects 45 square kilometers; population 36,000 permanent residents. This tourist destination sees a popluation explosion between May and September that almost doubles the population over the summer months.
Currently PFD has 40 Auxiliary Firefighters, 32 Career Firefighters, 1 Operations Assistant, 2 Fire Inspectors, 1 Deputy Fire Chief and 1 Fire Chief. January 2015 will see the addition of a career Training Officer to oversee the department's training program and to manage operations at the Emergency Traning Centre.
The Penticton Fire Department provides the following services:
- Fire Suppression - urban, high rise rural and wildland
- Medical First Responder
- Rescue services - high angle rope rescue, confined space, ice rescue, swiftwater rescue, extrication, regional road rescue, marine rescue and cliff rescue
- Hazmat - Chlorine, Ammonia and SO2
- Public service
- Prevention & Code Enforcement
- Public Education
- Mutual Aid - five regional departments
In 2013 PDF responded to 2200 medical calls, 587 fire calls, 60 resuce calls and 15 regional/marine callstotalling 2960 calls for service. 2014 is proving to be a busier year with 5968 calls for service as of November 30th. PFD operates out of two fire stations equipped with three triple combination engines, one 75' Quint, one 3000 gallon Water Tender, two bush trucks, two rescue trucks and one marine rescue Zodiac.
Last updated January 8, 2015