Firefighters from Saik’uz First Nation celebrate their win at the 2019 BC Provincials Fire Fighters competition. (Submitted photo)

Saik’uz firefighters representing B.C. in national competition

Seven members from the First Nations community will be travelling to Nova Scotia to compete in the 2019 National Firefighting Competition

A team of seven firefighters from Saik’uz First Nation are going to Nova Scotia to represent B.C. in the First Nations national firefighting competition.

Fire chief Gilbert Vickers along with 5 other members won the 2019 BC Provincial Fire Fighters competition held in Penticton B.C. in June and since then have been preparing for the national competition which is going to be held at Eskasoni First Nation in Nova Scotia from August 14 until August 18.

The Saik’uz team went up against 10 other teams from other First Nation communities in B.C. and won. Vickers said the team members have never been to Nova Scotia and are excited for the competition.

In terms of training, Vickers said the competition mirrors actual firefighting, so the crew has been working on team work, coordination between members, speed and agility.

Out of the seven members who are going for the national competition, Vickers said, this year they have three new junior members on team for whom this is their first year firefighting.

He said they won the provincials in 2017 and went for nationals to New Brunswick where they stood 8th. But Vickers said the team has a better idea of what the tournament entails and are looking forward to competing at the national level again.

The firefighters started fundraising right after they won the provincials and businesses and members have been very supportive of the team, Vickers said.

The sponsors for the team are the Vanderhoof Co-op, Vanderhoof Napa store, Aro Auto Parts, City Furniture, Streamline Signs, Earthenware, Sinclair Group, M4 enterprise and Carrier Sekani Family Services.

Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19 cases grow to 13 at B.C. First Nation near Fort St. James

“This is very serious,” says Nak’azdli Whut’en Chief

Directional traffic change coming to one-way street beside McLeod Elementary

This change will be in effect starting Monday, Oct. 5.

Vanderhoof’s Brian Frenkel takes on top job in tough times

We can get through this, new local government leader says

Cullen confirmed as B.C. NDP candidate for Stikine despite party’s equity policy

Former Tahltan Central Government President Annita McPhee said the process made her feel “abused”

CityWest to expand into Vanderhoof

The company will provide internet, TV and phone services over fibre-to-the-home technology

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

2 British Columbians arrested, 3 at large in massive Alberta drug bust

Eight people are facing 33 charges in what police have dubbed Project Incumbent

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

Money laundering inquiry delayed over of B.C. election: commissioner

Austin Cullen says the hearings will start again on Oct. 26

Most Read