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'Fire in the Mountains' trip helps break down barriers for those living with disabilities

Win adventure of a lifetime

West Kelowna Professional Firefighters Local 4457 are gearing up for this year's annual 'Fire in the Mountains' trip which breaks down barriers for those with disabilities.

This is an opportunity for one lucky individual to join the firefighters for up to three days while hiking or paddling somewhere within the province's pristine wilderness. The adventure will be guided by the Community Recreational Initiatives Society Adaptive along with their Adaptive Travel team.

A past participant’s mother, Debra Miller says, “these experiences have a much greater impact than just the participant chosen. It changes lives and gives hope for many.”

Previous trip destinations include Yoho National Park, Murtle Lake, Desolation Sound, Cathedral Lakes and Levette Lake.

This year's destination will be announced later this summer.

"If you are or you know someone interested in applying for our 'Fire in the Mountains' trip, please consider sending us an application by June 14th," says Shelley Buchanan, with CRIS.

"Please submit your application to," [email protected]:

  • Your name, phone number, email address and where you live
  • Tell us your story and why you should be selected
  • Why do you feel like this is something you would like to be a part of?
  • What type of activities would you like to try?
  • Where do you dream of going on an adventure?

Former CRIS program coordinator, Eric Rampone shares "These trips have a tremendous impact on a participant’s life but also on the lives of those volunteering. These trips help to improve mental and physical health, while breaking down social and physical barriers and promoting inclusion for all."

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