History

Westside Fire Protection District
The Westside Fire Protection District (WFPD) was formed in December, 1981 and received its letters patent in 1982 when the Westbank and Lakeview Heights Fire Protection Districts amalgamated in response to a growing Westside population.

In 1982, the WFPD served 10,000 people. Today, West Kelowna Fire Rescue serves approximately 40,000 people, including a population of nearly 32,000 in West Kelowna and more than 8,000 people residing on Westbank First Nation reserve lands and services a land area of almost 7,000 hectares (17,000 acres).

Westside Fire Rescue
The WFPD no longer exists. As of January 1, 2006, Westside / Fire Rescue fell under the umbrella of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan. As of March 1, 2008, Westside Fire / Rescue fell under the umbrella of the District of Westside. As of January 30, 2009 Westside Fire / Rescue was now known as West Kelowna Fire Rescue to reflect the District of Westside's change of name to District of West Kelowna. Currently WFR functions with a fire prevention hall, 4 fire halls, approximately 60 paid on-call fire fighters, 34 full-time staff and has an operating budget of 640,660. The 34 career positions include a Fire Chief, 2 Assistant Chiefs, an Administrative Assistant, a Fire Prevention Officer, a Public Fire and Life Safety Educator, and 28 firefighters.

In 2011, West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded to 2244 calls including fires, motor vehicle accidents, downed electrical wires, first medical responses, hazardous materials, fuel spills, carbon monoxide gas, natural gas leaks, and other emergency situations.
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