Regional FireSmart representatives gather in Penticton to prepare for year ahead

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FireSmart regional coordinators representing the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) and the Kootenays gathered in Penticton recently to discuss achievements in 2022 and prepare for the year ahead. 

“It was a meeting of the minds, bringing representatives together to reflect on the year’s successes and challenges and consider ways to extend our reach to more properties in 2023,” said Sean Vaisler, RDOS Manager of Emergency Services. “Wildfires know no boundaries and by working together and sharing ideas, we can help improve wildfire preparedness in neighbouring regions.” 

In January 2023, the RDOS FireSmart team will be hosting leaders of the 19 community FireSmart groups located throughout the Regional District. “This is another opportunity to bring members together to discuss how our efforts are working within each community and identify ways to make improvements in 2023,” added Vaisler. “The RDOS values the time and energy volunteers are dedicating to helping increase the safety of their neighbourhoods against the potential impacts of wildfire.” 

Upcoming event: Kaleden FireSmart Christmas tree drop-off 

On Saturday, January 7, 2023, the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department Society (KVFD) and the Kaleden FireSmart board invite you to drop off your Christmas trees at 257 Dogwood Avenue, in Kaleden (by donation). Trees need to be free of all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and stands (no artificial trees please). The trees will be chipped at a future FireSmart event. Donations will go toward FireSmart programs and fire equipment. 

For further information, please visit the RDOS Community FireSmart website at or contact Sean Vaisler, RDOS Manager of Emergency Services. 


Mark Pendergraft, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 


Sean Vaisler
RDOS Manager of Emergency Services

Sara Foss

RDOS Communications



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