Chief’s Message

Fire Chief,  Jamie Svendsen

On behalf of my department I would like to welcome you to our newly revised Fire Department website.

Big White is a world class ski resort community with a summer-time population of two hundred residents and a winter population that exceeds 25,000 during the ski season.

We are a combination department consisting of 3 career officers, a Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, and Captain of Fire Prevention Officer. We have one paid-on-call Captain and two Lieutenants, 20 dedicated firefighters and an additional complement of 6 full-time trainee firefighters. The full-time trainees are participants of an innovative work experience program that runs every year for eleven months from June to April. Our program continues to gain popularity throughout Canada and now globally. We are now starting to receive applicants from different cities throughout the world. In 2013 our Work Experience Program welcomed our first international student from Australia. This innovative program is in its thirteenth year and allows us the opportunity to staff our fire station with a crew on a twenty-four hour, seven days a week basis.

BWFD has one Fire Hall, three Engines, one Road Rescue Truck, two Command units and 1 Utility vehicle. We respond to an average of 250 emergencies per year with the majority occurring between November and April. We provide our community with a number of services that include fire suppression and prevention, medical first response/ EMR, auto extrication and rope rescue. We also provide road rescue services to over 90k of Big White Road and Highway 33 to Carmi, and first responder services to the residents of Idabel Lake.

In 2013 our department was accepted into a one year pilot project with the Emergency Health and Services Commission to train our members to EMR level of care. This allows our responders to provide additional medical protocols to enhance patient care while awaiting BCAS paramedics. These advanced skills have already proven beneficial to the community and the hundreds of thousands of guests that visit our resort each year.

I invite you to explore our website and if the opportunity presents itself, visit Big White Ski Resort and the neighbouring community of Kelowna to enjoy some of the world class experiences we have to offer.

We all enjoy the resort lifestyle of Big White and the proximity to the finest snow in the world.

Jamie Svendsen, CFO
Fire Chief

Work Experience

80% of our Work Experience members have been hired by career or paid on call fire departments all across Canada. Apply Today.

Sparky for Kids

Kids, visit to enjoy some fun fire-safety related games, stories and cartoons.