Crashes, choppers and canines: Oliver firefighters responded to nearly 100 more calls in 2021

Wild year for firefighters

The Oliver Fire Department saw an exceptionally busy year in 2021, responding to 303 calls, almost 100 more than the 208 calls they got in 2020.

In a report presented to council Monday, the department outlined their efforts in the community last year, which included 44 wildfires calls.

That breaks down to 24 grass fires, four wildfires and multiple calls out to the major local fire of the summer, the Nk’Mip wildfire, including support for structure protection, back burns, and patrols.

At the top of the list for calls were 52 direct alarms and 44 motor vehicle incidents, followed by 40 burning complaints or smoke sightings.

There were 16 structure fire responses and 15 car or RV fires.

Calls for help included ambulance assists, gas leaks, minor fires, public service calls and lines down.

The teams helped with four rescues of note, which included a car floating down the river with a man and his dog inside, two tractor rollovers with trapped driver and one lady and her dog stuck in the town works yard.

Another noticeable incident was a helicopter crash into a vineyard during the summer, which saw three people injured and sent to hospital.

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