At the January 25, 2021, council meeting, Council recognized three firefighters for their many years of service as firefighters and road rescue personnel in BC. While the pandemic has cancelled the usual awards banquet this year, it has not diminished the importance of honouring the amazing contributions of these three firefighters in our community.
FIRE SERVICES EXEMPLARY SERVICE MEDAL – 20 YEARS
The Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal, created on August 29, 1985, honours members of a recognized Canadian fire service who have completed 20 years of service, ten years of which have been served in the performance of duties involving potential risks, and were employed on or after the date of creation of the Medal. Recognized fire services include Canadian fire departments, fire marshals’ offices, fire commissioners’ offices and the Canadian Forces fire services. Exemplary service is characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency.
ROAD RESCUE PIN – 20 YEARS
According to the Insurance Corporation of BC, there are approximately 300,000 motor vehicle accidents in BC every year. Most occur within fire department response areas where, if necessary, fire, police and ambulance respond. However, approximately 2,000 of those accidents occur outside of these areas. In these situations, about 150 fire departments voluntarily respond with apparatus, equipment and personnel.
Road Rescue service providers may be requested to provide support to people involved in out-of-jurisdiction motor vehicle accidents, where specialized skills—such as vehicle extrication, rope rescue and other rescue services—and equipment are required.
FIRE SERVICES EXEMPLARY SERVICE MEDAL – 30 YEARS
A first bar to the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal in recognition of 30 years of loyal and exemplary service to public safety in Canada.
LONG SERVICE MEDAL – 45 YEARS
The province awards the British Columbia Long Service Medal to people who have completed at least 25 years of paid or volunteer fire service. The medal recognizes their dedicated and selflessness service to their communities and province. The province also awards the British Columbia Long Service Bar for 35 and 45 years of fire service.
Congratulations on your hard work and dedication to fire services!
Council also extended a heartfelt thank you to all firefighters for their ongoing contributions to our community—not just during the pandemic, but every day, too.