Comox mayor, fire chief awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals

Comox Mayor Paul Ives and fire chief Gord Schreiner were presented last week with Queen's Diamond Jubilee medals.

Mayor Paul Ives (third from left) and Fire Chief Gord Schreiner (second from right) receive Queen's Diamond Jubilee medals from Attorney General Shirley Bond.

Comox Mayor Paul Ives and fire chief Gord Schreiner were presented last week with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals.

The medals were presented by Minister of Justice-Attorney General Shirley Bond and Comox Valley MLA Don McRae at a local fire safety event.

Ives was recognized not only for his civic service, but also his community involvement dating back 20 years. From his work as past-president of the Comox Rotary to his role as former chair of the Comox Recreation Commission, Ives has given generously of his time for the betterment of

local citizens.

He is in his second term as mayor and represents Comox on the Municipal Insurance Authority and sits on the North Island Sunshine Coast Regional Advisory Committee.

Schreiner was recognized for his nearly four decades worth of work for B.C. fire services. His tireless work as Comox fire chief and manager of

the Comox fire training centre, and his leadership within the Fire Chiefs’ Association of B.C. are commendable.

His passion and knowledge of fire safety education and training are well documented and he continues to make huge contributions in the community with a smoke alarm campaign, which raises awareness and saves lives.

Bond and McRae were joined at the event by Victoria fire chief Jeff Lambert, representing the Fire Chiefs’ Association of BC, as well as local

officials to reaffirm the provincewide campaign to have a working smoke alarm in every home in British Columbia. It’s all part of the important

B.C. initiative to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries.

Comox Fire Rescue has been one of the leaders in this campaign, assisting residents with smoke alarms for the past 20 years. Local firefighters go door to door offering to test and replace smoke alarms with the department, which distributes more than 200 smoke alarms per year.

— Ministry of Justice

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