Canal Flats Fire Rescue reflects on 2022

2022 was a big year for Canal Flats Fire Rescue, calls were down from 2021’s total of 80, but were more typical for the village prior to the pandemic. Members also dedicated many hours to training, response and community events  

Throughout the year the department responded to 57 calls for service in the area including Canal Flats but also Skookumchuk, Blue Lake, Fairmont and all variety of places in between.  

The majority of calls, 39, were for medical response. Seven were for fires or alarms and 10 were for motor vehicle incidents. One ‘other’ call rounded out the total.  

Their 18 members also put in 2,700 hours (about three and a half months) of time into practices, emergency calls and ongoing training to keep the community safe. Another 300 hours were spent at community events such as Canal Days, hosting impromptu splash parks, Flats Fest, the department’s open house and Halloween and Christmas parades.  

One member, Glen Alfonso, was recognized for 25 years of service.  

Fire Chief Zacc Farrell said Alfonso is a valuable part of the department and always willing to help or learn new things.  

Currently the department is open to new members. If you are curious about what volunteering entails contact Farrell at 250-417-1228 or, or pop in at the hall at 6:30 p.m. on a Wednesday evening during the weekly practice.