The Apex Fire Brigade, and other volunteer departments who have supported them, stand in front of the new engine that was donated to the Apex brigade. (Brennan Phillips — Western News)

The Apex Fire Brigade, and other volunteer departments who have supported them, stand in front of the new engine that was donated to the Apex brigade. (Brennan Phillips — Western News)

Video: Reality-TV star donates engine to a South Okanagan fire brigade

Fire truck donated to the brigade by Timber Kings star Bryan Reid Sr.

  • Jul. 29, 2019 8:12 a.m.

Brennan Phillips

Western News Staff

The Apex Fire Brigade welcomed a new member to their family on Sunday, the community’s own fire truck.

“I’d like to introduce Engine 121, or Timber, as she’s affectionately called,” said John Davis, the president of the Apex Fire Brigade Society, from on top of the new truck. “She’s brand new to us, this old girl, although I shouldn’t call her old, spent 17,000 working for the community of Seattle, and we can only imagine what this thing did for the community there. And this is now the first community-owned piece of equipment that we have as a community here.”

With the new engine, the Apex Fire Brigade plans to change how they operate and respond to emergencies, as well as acquire full fire department certification.

“Our fire supplies are all in boxes, beside each and every fire hydrant in the village,” said Fire Chief Gabe Lavoie. “It’s super inefficient, because it spreads our resources too thin, but with the truck, everything will be in one place. “

The engine was donated by Bryan Reid Sr., the owner and founder Pioneer Log Homes in William’ Lake, B.C., and star of the HGTV show Timber Kings. In 2017, when fire raged through the area, Reid stayed to help protect the construction sites and homes in the area, alongside volunteers from 13 different fire departments who came from across B.C. The many departments who came to help left an impact on Reid, who recalled how hard they worked despite often not having all the gear they needed.

“What I found was, most of them were under-equipped for the job,” said Reid. “They were well-serviced as far as volunteers, and they were passionate about what they did and lots of them worked 24-hours a day when they had to. When there were people’s homes were threatened, or lives were threatened, they really just didn’t have the equipment to pull it off.”

Following the fires, Reid purchased a pair of extra fire engines from the Abbottsford department and donated them to 150 Mile Fire Department. The 150 Mile Fire Department then took two of their older engines and donated them to other departments.

Since then, Reid has continued to purchase engines in order to donate them to departments in need.

“You couldn’t help but give back,” said Reid. “It’s like us, if you don’t have the proper tools to do your job, then you’re not doing your job.”

The engine alone, while a boost to the brigade’s capabilities, is not enough for full certification. All of the equipment necessary to stock the engine, as well as an eventual fire hall, are still needed. The medical supplies and the ladders have already been donated by members of the community, and the Apex Fire Brigade is running a GoFundMe campaign to cover the costs of what equipment that can’t be donated.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

(Dave Ogilvie/Contributed)
Injured mountain biker rescued in West Kelowna

The mountain biker reportedly has a hip injury about 1 km up the Smith Creek Road trail

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed Eli Beauregard facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Asia Youngman (right) is pictured shooting another short film she wrote and directed titled Hatha. (Luba Popovic)
Peachland set to star in fantasy thriller film about N’xaxaitk’w — a.k.a. the Ogopogo

The film will follow an Indigenous teen as she navigates peer pressure, bullying and identity

Fruit farmers in the Okanagan and Creston valleys are in desperate need of cherry harvesters amid COVID-19 work shortages. (Photo: Unsplash/Abigail Miller)
‘Desperate’ need for workers at Okanagan cherry farms

Fruit farmers are worried they’ll have to abandon crops due to COVID-19 work shortages

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Jeanette Megens
KCR: Volunteering is sharing your story

Kelowna Community Resources shares stories of its volunteers in a weekly column

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Jaimee Peters photo of a Willow Midwives helping with a birth. Willow closed its doors March 31 because of a shortage of midwives. (Contributed)
South Okanagan’s only midwifery to re-open this summer

Willow Community Midwives was forced to close because of a shortage of midwives

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

Gord with a mom and her young son outside Pathways which was defunded on May 31. (Facebook)
Gord Portman with a mom and her child outside of Pathways. The sign says it all about the difference Pathways has made in people’s lives. They were defunded by Interior Health on May 31.
Penticton man takes the plunge for the recovery house that helped save his life

Gord Portman said Discovery House and Pathways have been everything in his 1 year sobriety

Most Read