OSOYOOS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
It was 1947 when the Osoyoos Volunteer Fire Department
was formed, under the direction of Percy Bates. He became the first Fire
Following Percy Bates (1947-1967), Howard
Compeau became Acting Fire Chief. Howard continued as assistant Fire Chief
when Paul Balogh became Fire Chief (1967-1997). He served the Osoyoos
Volunteer Fire Department for 42 years, 30 of those years as Chief.
|Ross Driver, with over 3
decades of service in the department held the chief’s position for 2
Rick Jones is the current Fire Chief (since 2006) with 25 years of service with the Osoyoos Fire Department.
The largest fire
in the history of the Osoyoos Fire Department was in the mid-1970’s when
the MacLean & Fitzpatrick Packing House burnt down. It certainly ranks the
biggest for the number of man-hours needed to control and extinguish it.
This fire took out the railway by burning the railway ties and warping the
rails. In the department’s recent history, 2 major fires were the Rialto
Hotel Fire which was 19 man-hours and the Super Valu fire which was 23
Note from the Chief, Rick Jones: “I am very proud of the dedication and close knit group that call themselves ‘The Osoyoos Fire Fighters’.”
The Osoyoos Volunteer Fire Department