West Kelowna Fire Rescue staff gear up for annual events

DWK firefighters will be busy putting on a Christmas Light Up, Fire on Ice hockey game and Food Drive throughout the next week.

It will be a busy week for District of West Kelowna firefighters.

On Saturday, the firefighters, Sparky the fire dog and Santa Claus will be on hand for the sixth annual Christmas Light Up from 5 to 6 p.m. at Fire Station 31 (3651 Old Okanagan Highway).

“The paid on call and career (firefighters) have decorated the halls for about the last month or so. It’s a bunch of decorations, lights and then Santa comes on the ladder truck for the kids,” said Kelly Wilson, fire/life safety educator with West Kelowna Fire Rescue.

The event will also feature hot chocolate and cookies.

Wilson said that approximately 500 people have attended the event in years past.

“We always run out of hot chocolate.”

The next day the Fire Rescue crew will be back out for the Fire on Ice hockey game.

The annual event will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Royal LePage Place.

“In previous years we’ve done Kelowna v.s. West Kelowna. This year we’re doing combinations of career and paid on call.”

The event is in collaboration with the District of West Kelowna’s Winterfest. It’s also in support of West Kelowna’s bid to be Kraft Hockeyville.

Admission for the hockey game will be granted by donation of a non-perishable food item for the Westside Community Food Bank.

Finally, West Kelowna Fire Rescue will serve the community through their 14th annual food drive on Dec. 6 and 7.

Firefighters will go door to door in various sections of West Kelowna from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, asking for donations of non-perishable food items for the Westside Community Food Bank.

Donations can also be dropped off, anytime, at Fire Station 31, or at Fire Station 32 (2708 Olalla Road).

“A lot of people say that they’re waiting for us to come, but we can’t go door to door to every residence: It’s impossible. So we ask people to drop off donations at either our main station or Fire Station 32 in Lakeview Heights.”

Wilson said that they try to pick the highest density areas during their food drive in order to collect as many donations as possible.