Public Safety 

Big White Fire Department

We provide protection to the village of Big White and the Big White Ski Resort, which has a capacity of 25,000 people and accommodations for 20,000 people. Big White Ski Resort, or simply Big White, is located 56 km (35 mi) southeast of Kelowna in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. Located on Big White Mountain, the highest summit in the Okanagan Highland, an upland area between the Monashee Mountains and the Okanagan Valley, it is the second largest resort in British Columbia after Whistler-Blackcomb.

Types of Calls
●    Fire suppression and prevention
●    Fire and life safety presentations
●    Public assists
●    Emergency medical response
●    Auto extrication 
●    Rope rescue 

We also provide road rescue services to over 90 kms of Big White Road and Highway 33 to Carmi, and emergency medical response to the residents of Idabel Lake.

Who We Are
We are a composite fire department with approximately 40 dedicated paid on-call firefighters. 

We commit ourselves to preserving life and property by providing Fire Prevention, Emergency Planning, Public Education and Responding to Emergencies within our community. We dedicate ourselves to the safety, security and well-being of our members.

Career Staff:
Chris Cormack, Fire Chief
Josh Foster, Deputy Fire Chief – Operations & Training
Derek Henderson, Deputy Fire Chief – Fire Prevention & Life Safety
Susan Sherriff – Accounting & Administration

Paid On-call:
1 assistant fire chief
1 captain
3 lieutenants
28 firefighters
7 Work Experience firefighters

Our full-time work experience firefighters are participants of an innovative work experience program (WEP) that runs every year for 11 months from June to April. Now in its 19th year, this program allows us the opportunity to staff our fire station with a crew 24-hours, seven days a week. Our program continues to gain popularity throughout Canada and internationally with over 80% of our graduates going on to career positions in the fire service.

Equipment
We operate out of one fire hall (Station 311) with 1 engine, 1 ladder truck, 1 rescue truck, 1 bush CAFS truck, 2 command vehicles and 1 utility vehicle. 

Work Experience Program (WEP)

The Big White Fire Department is very proud of the success and accomplishments of the WEP over the past 18 years. Nearly 90 per cent of our graduating members have gone on to career positions in 50 plus departments across Canada.

For more information on the 2021 WEP, please visit bigwhitefire.com including information about when and how to apply as we transition from our separate departmental website to joining all our fire rescue services at rdkb.com.

Downloadable PDFs
  • Fire Safety Basics for Staff Accommodation
  • Woodstove Exchange Program
  • Apartment and Highrise Safety: Am I safe?
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers – Do I need one?
  • Children & Fire: What Do You Need to Know?
  • Smoke Alarms: Do I Really Need Them?
  • My Kitchen: Is It Fire Safe?
  • My Forest Home: Am I Prepared?
  • Fire Safety Plan Why and How to Improve your Fire Safety Plan

Links:

  • Winter Fire Safety
  • Fire Safety for Kids
  • Kids Link to Sparky the Fire Dog
  • A Kids Guide to Fire Safety at Home
Current Personnel
Fire Chief Chris Cormack
Fire Chief Chris Cormack
Deputy Chief Derek Henderson
Deputy Chief Derek Henderson
Deputy Chief Josh Foster
Deputy Chief Josh Foster
Asst. Chief Jamie Svendsen
Asst. Chief Jamie Svendsen
Lt David Webb
Lt David Webb
Lt Kristian Armstrong
Lt Kristian Armstrong
Lt. Gareth Brunt
Lt Gareth Brunt
FF Bob Tollovsen
FF Bob Tollovsen
FF Stan Webb
FF Stan Webb
FF Gordon Spear
FF Gordon Spear
FF Billy Martin
FF Billy Martin
FF John McDonald
FF John McDonald
FF Maik Ansari
FF Maik Ansari
Susan Sherriff - Accounting / Administration
Susan Sherriff - Accounting / Administration
FF Don Hickson
FF Don Hickson
FF Dom Carlile
FF Dom Carlile
FF Rylie Gallagher
FF Rylie Gallagher

FF Alicia Sawas
FF Alicia Sawas

FF Rachel Bekkers
FF Rachel Bekkers
FF Colin Wingrove
FF Colin Wingrove
FF Lewis Brunt
FF Lewis Brunt
FF Joe Rees
FF Joe Rees
FF Lisa Newbigging
FF Lisa Newbigging
FF Johann Simundsson
FF Johann Simundsson
FF Naomi Woodland
FF Naomi Woodland
FF Patrick Shier
FF Patrick Shier
FF Jasper Jellett
FF Jasper Jellett
WEP 17 FF Brent Campbell
WEP 17 FF Brent Campbell
FF Laurie Barnes
FF Laurie Barnes
FF Nathalie Long
FF Nathalie Long
FF Madi O'Keeffe
FF Madi O'Keeffe
WEP 18 FF Randall Andres
WEP 18 FF Randall Andres
WEP 18 FF Cam Bedore
WEP 18 FF Cam Bedore
WEP 18 FF Alex Kraeft
WEP 18 FF Alex Kraeft
WEP 18 FF Zak Liuzzo
WEP 18 FF Zak Liuzzo
WEP 18 FF Mischa Lowenstein
WEP 18 FF Mischa Lowenstein
WEP 18 FF Tim Sanders
WEP 18 FF Tim Sanders
WEP 18 FF Ryan Scheu
WEP 18 FF Ryan Scheu
   
 
 Past Personnel
Chief, Gord McCleary
Chief, Gord McCleary​
Chief, Craig Weddell
Chief, Craig Weddell​
FF Darrel Dawson
FF Darrel Dawson
Chris Davison-Vanderburg Captain ATO/FPO
Captain Chris Davison-Vanderburg ATO/FPO
Chris Freer, Captain/FPO
Captain Chris Freer FPO
FF Blue Griffith
FF Blue Griffith
FF Cody Holtam
FF Cody Holtam​
FF Jeff Lofquist
FF Jeff Lofquist​
FF Joel Boucher
FF Joel Boucher​
FF Rick Gandha
FF Rick Gandha​
FF Ross Bianco
FF Ross Bianco​
FF Dan Sculnick
FF Dan Sculnick​
FF Rob Olson
FF Rob Olson​
FF Nitzan Tzuella
FF Nitzan Tzuella​
FF John Mooney
FF John Mooney​
FF Mike Johannson
FF Mike Johannson​
Lt. Steve Ward
Lt. Steve Ward​

Tom Doherty
Tom Doherty

Nickie Rodgers
Nickie Rodgers​
Larry Watkinson
Larry Watkinson​
Dale Kinnee
Dale Kinnee​
Neil Butler
Neil Butler​
Darren McKenzie
Darren McKenzie​
FF Dave Carver
FF Dave Carver​
Aidan Davison
Aidan Davison
FF Quintin Riddell
FF Quintin Riddell​
FF Mark Lofquist
FF Mark Lofquist​
FF Nick Bond
FF Nick Bond​
FF Travis McEwan
FF Travis McEwan​
FF Mason Hill
FF Mason Hill​
Nick Fritsch
Nick Fritsch​
Loree Hubner
Loree Hubner​
Emily Valiant
Emily Valiant​
Blake Crocker
Blake Crocker​
FF Steve Oishi
FF Steve Oishi​
FF Charles Lalande
FF Charles Lalande​
Tom Landell
Tom Landell​
WEP 15 Mike Cuzzupe
WEP 15 Mike Cuzzupe​
WEP 15 Marc Ayson-Banico
WEP 15 Marc Ayson-Banico
WEP 15 Jordan Kirkby
WEP 15 Jordan Kirkby
WEP 15 Dave Barszcz
WEP 15 Dave Barszcz
WEP 15 Curtis Keen
WEP 15 Curtis Keen
FF Bryon Pesut
FF Bryon Pesut
JR FF Rosie Webb
JR FF Rosie Webb
FF Lindsay Ellis
FF Lindsay Ellis
FF Karen Vinci
FF Karen Vinci
FF Jen Kellam
FF Jen Kellam
FF Dan MacDonald
FF Dan MacDonald
WEP 16 Conor Williams
WEP 16 Conor Williams
WEP 16 Paige Kulhanek
WEP 16 Paige Kulhanek
WEP 16 Scott Woods
WEP 16 Scott Woods
WEP 16 Sean Lascelles
WEP 16 Sean Lascelles
WEP 16 Michael Mates
WEP 16 Michael Mates
WEP 16 Vanessa Schabkar
WEP 16 Vanessa Schabkar
Capt. Chris Daley
Capt. Chris Daley
FF Gabe Puglia
FF Gabe Puglia
FF Oli Hall
FF Oli Hall
FF Scott Oxford
FF Scott Oxford
WEP 17 FF Scott Bullock
WEP 17 FF Scott Bullock
WEP 17 FF Kirby Dykes
WEP 17 FF Kirby Dykes
WEP 17 FF Jake Hodgins
WEP 17 FF Jake Hodgins
WEP 17 FF Mike Kim
WEP 17 FF Mike Kim
WEP 17 FF Nick Levesque
WEP 17 FF Nick Levesque
WEP 17 FF Mike O'Neill
WEP 17 FF Mike O'Neill
FF Joel Boucher
FF Joel Boucher