AMFD Christmas Potluck is back!

Finally, after a long two years, the AMFD Christmas Potluck is being planned.

Save the date for Sunday, December 18th!

Stay tuned for more details to follow.

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Medical Response on the Mountain

Did you know that Anarchist Mountain Fire Department has trained and licensed Emergency Medical Assistants – First Responders (EMA-FR’s)?

EMA-FR’s are regulated under B.C. Emergency Health Services.

When a 9-1-1 call for an ambulance is made from within the Anarchist Mountain Fire Protection District, the AMFD medical responders are dispatched for urgent, priority calls to assist until the ambulance arrives.

The AMFD EMA-FR’s volunteer their time for ongoing training and also partake in scenario training with the rest of the department’s firefighters.

The primary mandate of AMFD is to provide fire protection for its fire protection district.

Additional services of specialized medical and rescue programs are supported by the generous donations and fundraising which help provide the ongoing training and equipment needs of these specialized services.

We thank those who have contributed to allow us to continue with medical and technical rescue!

For medical emergencies, always call 9️⃣1️⃣1️⃣first!

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AGM 2022

December 4th is the date for the AMCS Annual General Meeting for 2022. It will be an afternoon event with the opportunity to meet your community and honour those who volunteer.

To help you get up to speed and understand what has been going on the past couple of months with the interim Board, as well as what to expect at the AGM, come back often to the AMCS website tab, AGM 2022.

Each week leading up to the AGM, there will be new posts added with more information to get you prepared for your participation.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person this year! It is a great opportunity to hear about what has been happening in your community over the past year, but more importantly, what you want to see in 2023. Your input is key, and this will be a time for community engagement and interaction.

This will also be an opportune time to find out what programs are going on in your community and how you can be involved. Not sure about the time commitment? There is something for everyone, no matter how much time you have to spare…and it is a great way to connect with your community.

So, stay tuned with more details and info to follow!

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Christmas Artisan Market

The Art Gallery Osoyoos will be opening their Christmas Artisan Market on November 5th!

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Monty found a home !!🐶

Sweet Monty has found a forever home with a family who welcomed him with open arms.

All the best to Monty and his family!

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UPDATE: Open burning now permitted due to snow

Burn Authorization Application & Process

NOTE: OPEN BURNING NOW ALLOWED

Burn Authorization applications are required for the following fire protection areas: Kaleden, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Anarchist, and Willowbrook. Residents within these five fire protection areas are required to complete a Burn Authorization application. There is no fee and no permits will be issued. Your request will be directed to your selected fire department. From that point, you will be dealing directly with your local fire department.

CLICK HERE to access the Burn Authorization application

CLICK HERE to access the Public Parcel Viewer (select FireDistrictBoundary in the Layer List)

Locations outside the Fire District Boundary are under the jurisdiction of the Province of B.C.

The RDOS is reminding residents to review burning regulations before completing the Burn Authorization application. It’s important for property owners to consider their neighbours and the environment before burning. You may want to look at other options such as chipping or taking material to the landfill.

If your property is outside one of these fire protection service areas, please contact your Municipality or the Ministry of Forests at 1-888-797-1717 to obtain an open air burning permit. Report illegal burning to your local fire authority or R.A.P.P. (Report All Poachers & Polluters) 1-877-952-7277.

Burning authorization holders must confirm burning is allowed on that day by checking the Air Quality and Venting Index. Call 250-490-4125.

CLICK HERE to view today’s Venting Index

The Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley often experience weather systems called inversions. An inversion makes the airshed susceptible to the build up of air contaminants that impact human health, visibility, and the environment.

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Bylaw No. 2898, 2020
A bylaw to regulate open burning within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Fire Protection Areas. 

CLICK HERE to view the bylaw

NOTE: OPEN BURNING IS NOT PERMITTED APRIL 15 TO OCTOBER 15 EACH YEAR.

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Quilt Draw in support of AMFRS

Win one of two handcrafted quilts! Limited number of tickets to be sold. Proceeds are in support of the Anarchist Mountain Fire Rescue Society.

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Open Fire Ban Extended

Kamloops Fire Centre to extend open burning prohibition

The BC Wildfire Service will be extending the Category 2 and 3 open fire prohibition throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction that was set to expire on Oct. 15, 2022. This prohibition is being extended to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety due to continued unseasonably warm and dry conditions.

This prohibition will remain in effect until 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, or until rescinded. Note that this date may be extended at the discretion of the Fire Chief in a specific fire protection district, as per RDOS Bylaw No. 2898, 2020, Part III-Burning Season. The need for open burning prohibitions is continually assessed based on current and forecasted conditions and resource availability.

As an added precaution, note that open burning season is postponed until Tuesday, November 15, 2022, within the five Regional District Fire Protection Areas of Anarchist Mountain, Kaleden, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, and Willowbrook. 

The following equipment and activities remain prohibited throughout Kamloops Fire Centre:

  • Category 2 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulation
  • Category 3 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulation
  • Fireworks
  • Sky Lanterns
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description, except when used for a campfire as defined by the Wildfire Regulation, and
  • Binary Exploding Targets

A map of the affected area is available online at: http://ow.ly/niza50L8CGb

These prohibitions apply to all public and private land within the Kamloops Fire Centre jurisdiction, unless specified otherwise in an enactment (e.g. in a local government bylaw).

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a high-metre wide or smaller and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane, or briquettes. While the Kamloops Fire Centre is seeing shorter days and increased overnight recoveries and relative humidity, the public is encouraged to exercise caution with any campfire use or activity that could potentially spark a wildfire. It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that burning is done in a safe and responsible manner.

Before lighting a campfire, the public is encouraged to check with local government authorities to ensure there are no restrictions in place. Wildfire prevention is a shared responsibility. Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and divert critical resources away from lightning-caused wildfires.

To learn more about the different categories of open burning, visit the Open Burning webpage.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

The Kamloops Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its continuing help in preventing wildfires. To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone. For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST or visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

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Fire Prevention Week 2022

AMFD is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week (FPW) this week.

This year’s campaign “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape“, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.

Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as 2 minutes (or less) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a burning home depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance escape planning.

It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape…something we often don’t think about. Be prepared to know how you will get out of a burning home when the smoke alarm sounds. The whole family needs to know how they will safely exit. This is especially important if someone in the household has a disability and needs additional assistance.

REMEMBER these key home fire escape planning tips:

  • Make sure your plan meets the needs of everyone in the family
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Know at least 2 ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place that is a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet if there is a fire.
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household – do this at least once during the day and once at night.

Don’t forget…this Sunday, Oct.16th from 10 a.m. until noon is AMFD’s annual Open House. Come out to learn more about the department as well as fire safety.



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AMFD Open House & Opportunities

Save the date for the morning of October 16th when AMFD has its 2022 Open House! Meet the team and learn about opportunities within the department.

Anarchist Mountain Fire Department is looking for people to join our team!

Do you like to learn new skills and challenge yourself mentally and physically? Then joining AMFD is an excellent way to not only serve your community but get plenty of training on fire fighting and fire protection. 

If you want an added challenge after firefighter training, there are opportunities to join and train with our technical rescue teams that specialize in auto extrication, steep to low angle rescue, forestry response and medical response.

A criminal record check and driver’s abstract is required for all members.

Practices are every Monday night at 6pm and usually last 2 to 3 hours. Want to know more or observe a training night?  Contact:  training@amfd.ca

We want to know your interests and capabilities and find a place for you in our department – whether it be as a firefighter or support volunteer.

For other support opportunities – Contact: administration@amfd.ca

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