Comox Fire Rescue recently held its annual banquet. At this banquet some of their firefighters are recognized for their years of service (in five year increments) while others are recognized for other contributions.
Firefighter Craig Skene was recognized for his 10 years of fire service. Lieutenant Kelly Rusk was recognized for their 15 years of service.
Lieutenant Terry Dean received a 20-year, federal long-service medal.
“Rookie of the Year” award was given to Matt Meredith.
Mario Chretien and Adam Lariviere were awarded “Firefighter(s) of the Year”.
Lieutenant Jerry Snook received an award titled the “Stewart Rennie, Memorial, I made a Difference Award”.
Captain Rob Steven was recognized for completing the Fire Officer 4 certification (the highest fire officer certification).
“I am so proud of all of our members,” said Comox Fire Chief Gord Schreiner in a press release. “It takes a very special person to volunteer for anything, let alone to be a firefighter and an even better person to serve for many, many years. We are very demanding of our firefighters and expect a very high level of training and effectiveness from them. We are very fortunately, here in Comox to have such a great group of firefighters assisting our community in so many ways. Our firefighters are our most important asset.”
Comox Fire Rescue has five full-time and 45 part-time highly trained members. Together they total about 400 years of service. They responded to about 600 emergencies incidents last year.