RDOS fire departments hosting regional training event

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Fire departments from across the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) are joining other first responders and emergency personnel to conduct a mock, scenario-based training event on Saturday, April 22, 2023.

The training event includes fire departments from Apex, Anarchist, Kaleden, Keremeos, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Willowbrook, and Oliver. The RCMP is also taking part along with BC Wildfire Service, BC Emergency Health Services, and Emergency Operations Centre staff.

“This scenario is being hosted by fire departments to train and be prepared for large mutual aid events within our communities,” said Willowbrook Fire Chief Tony Iannella. “On behalf of the South Okanagan Similkameen Fire Chiefs Association, we appreciate the patience of anyone who may be inconvenienced by this training event.”

The training event is taking place in the areas of Willowbrook, Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) research facility, and St. Andrews from 8:30 am and 2:00 pm.

For further information, please contact Willowbrook Fire Chief Tony Iannella.


Mark Pendergraft, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 


Tony Iannella, Fire Chief
Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department
President, South Okanagan Similkameen Fire Chiefs Association

Erick Thompson

RDOS Communications



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