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Rare trip for those with disabilities

One lucky person will get a trip of a lifetime along with members of the West Kelowna Fire Department as they break down barriers once again.

The group is seeking applications for its Fire in the Mountains trip, which is an opportunity for someone with disabilities to experience a three-day adventure in the pristine backcountry of British Columbia.

Last year it was Brian Burke, an avid mountaineer who had suffered from a stroke and never dreamed he would see Yoho National Park again.

“It was an amazing experience and we felt honoured to have shared this with him and his family,” says West Kelowna firefighter Ryan Onyschuk. “Our union members are excited to make this an annual tradition.”

The firefighters have teamed up with CRIS Adaptive Adventures to provide outdoor opportunities for persons with disabilities who want to either hike or kayak through the province.

“The West Kelowna Professional Firefighters donation last year was a truly unselfish act that provided an unforgettable experience for Brian Burke and his family. The firefighters’ donation of time and money helps people who wouldn’t have the opportunity, or means to experience such an outdoor adventure,” says CRIS Program Coordinator, Eric Rampone. “These trips have a tremendous impact on a participant’s life, helping to improve mental and physical health, while breaking down social and physical barriers and promoting inclusion for all”.

Anyone interested in applying for Fire in the Mountains can contact adaptive adventures, or call 250-979-3941 or email [email protected] and tell them why you would like to participate in the trip and what it would mean to you.

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