Interim Fire Chief Lou Wilde
Deputy Chief Lou Wilde will become the Interim Fire Chief for the Kelowna Fire Department on March 3 following the retirement of Fire Chief Jeff Carlisle.
Deputy Chief Wilde has been with the Kelowna Fire Department for over 30 years and has served as a Chief Officer since 2003. More recently Deputy Chief Wilde has led the Fire Prevention, Training and Administration Branch.
Deputy Chief Wilde has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Kelowna including fire and emergency management. The interim transition until a new Fire Chief is determined will be seamless.
The recruitment process for a new Fire Chief has begun and it is anticipated that the new Fire Chief will be announced in the spring.
Young North Westside Firefighter Receives Scholarship
An 18-year old North Westside Firefighter has been awarded a scholarship for his outstanding work and contributions to the community.
Nicolass Cantryn has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the North Westside Fire Rescue Society scholarship because of his outstanding talent. He began with North Westside Fire Rescue at the age of 16 as a Junior Firefighter while attending high school in Vernon. He graduated high school last spring and to coincide with that he also completed his Firefighter Recruitment training at the Vernon Fire training center.
Fire Chief Jason Satterthwaite says “Nic has proven to be a dedicated Firefighter and community member.” He adds “on his days off you will often find him at the hall cleaning up and washing fire trucks. We are very proud of this young man! He has shown a talent for first medical response and serving his community.”
“Without hesitation or delay, he has quickly put the scholarship funds to good use.” says the Society’s President Shawn Barnes. “Firefighter Cantryn has recently completed his EMR Certificate through the Justice Institute of BC. We are all proud of him at North Westside Fire Rescue as he finished top of his class!”
The non-profit North Westside Road Firefighters Society mandate is to ensure the betterment of the department and community. The group conducts fundraising activities throughout the year. Its members decided to set up a $1,000 Annual Scholarship for members of the department who are considering a professional emergency services career and wish to further their education.
Candidates provide a written application to the Society and must give a presentation to department members to explain why they should be selected. The recipient is chosen by all department members in a private ballot vote.
The North Westside Road Firefighters Society would like to thank its community and supporters for their generosity and support as this Scholarship would not be available without them. Members look forward to seeing another strong show of community support at the 2017 fundraising events at Fintry Provincial Park and La Casa’s Annual 2017 BBQ, the Society’s biggest event of the year!