In the case of an active emergency, try the following resources for updates, including our Wildfire Updates page.
- Subscribe for email updates from the City of Penticton
- Twitter: @cityofpenticton or @pentictonfire
- Download the City of Penticton app for updates straight to your cellphone (available from Google Play or the App Store)
- Follow the City of Penticton on Facebook: City of Penticton – Municipality
For information about the status of the wildfire, please look to the BC Wildfire Service.
Penticton Fire Department has been proudly serving the community since 1911. We provide a wide range of services including fire suppression, medical emergencies, motor vehicle incidents, industrial accidents and all types of specialized and technical rescues. We also provide inspection and investigation services as well as public education programs.
Our department has both career and auxiliary members working to provide emergency services to the community. We work out of two fire halls:
- Fire Hall #201, in the downtown core at 250 Nanaimo Avenue West
- Fire Hall #202, in Penticton's industrial area, at 285 Dawson Avenue
- Larry Watkinson, Fire Chief
- Chris Forster, Deputy Fire Chief, Administration
- Rob Trousdell, Deputy Fire Chief, Operations & Training
- Ken Barbour, Fire Protection Officer
- Glen Fodyce, Fire Inspector
- Sharon Thompson, Executive Assistant
The Fire Prevention Branch is responsible for:
- Inspecting buildings, processes, equipment, systems and other life safety situations.
- Investigating fires, explosions, hazardous materials incidents and other emergency incidents.
- Reviewing construction plans, drawings and specifications for life safety systems, fire protection systems, access, water supplies, processes and other safety issues.
- The fire and life safety education.
- The storage, use, processing, handling and on-site transportation of hazardous materials.
- The design, alteration, modification, construction, maintenance and testing of fire protection systems and equipment.
- Hazards from outside fires in vegetation, trash, building debris and other materials.
- The regulation and control of special events such as exhibits, trade shows, amusement parks and other similar special occupancies.
- The interior finish, decorations, furnishings and other combustibles that contribute to fire spread, fire load and smoke production.