PFD: Our People

The Penticton Fire Department is a composite department made up of career and auxiliary firefighters. Our team attends to the public's safety, which can include responding to structure fires, grass and urban/interface fires and other emergency incidents such as flooding and natural gas pipeline breaks.

Career firefighters

Career firefighters respond to all calls including First Responder medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents and fire alarm activations. Career firefighters are trained to high technical standards, including rescue techniques for confined spaces, high angles and swift water. Those considering a career in the fire and rescue field must obtain Level 1 and 2 training from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), or equivalent National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 training from a recognized institution. Recruitment information will be posted on the City's Employment page.

Auxiliary firefighters

Auxiliary firefighters carry pagers to alert them to day and night emergencies, and get paid for attending drill nights and for call-outs. Being an auxiliary is a great way to be involved in the community, learn firefighting, first aid and emergency skills, keep physically fit and to enjoy the camaraderie of being actively involved in the fire service.

Auxiliary recruitment drives are usually held once a year. Penticton residents are encouraged to apply.

Auxiliary Fire Fighter Recruitment will be posted on the City's Employment page. 


  • Larry Watkinson, Fire Chief
  • Chris Forster, Deputy Fire Chief, Administration
  • Rob Trousdell, Deputy Fire Chief, Operations & Training
  • Mike Richards, Fire Protection Officer
  • Ken Barbour, Fire Inspector
  • Jody Fotherby, Fire Protection, Operations Assistant
  • Sharon Thompson, Executive Assistant