By Revelstoke Fire Chief Rob Girard
In last year’s Fire Chief’s report, I spoke about the reasons why it was good to become a Revelstoke Fire Rescue firefighter. That report along with great participation of career and volunteer firefighters, we had 12 amazing people join our firefighter family. I can say that because I have worked and trained closely with each and every one of them. They are a welcome asset to our dedicated team.
This year’s fire prevention theme is kitchen fires. A very serious and important topic for all of us both young and old. Little mistakes and bad habits can change our lives forever when it comes to kitchen safety. So please be very careful when cooking or barbecuing in or outside our homes. Your family, friends and neighbours are depending on you to be careful and so are we at the fire department.
I also want to tell you about the great people that I depend on everyday that are here to serve our community. In fact, these men and woman are responding 24 hours, seven days a week to kitchen fires, vehicle crashes, structure fires, alarms and medical calls just to name a small few. They are the ones that dedicate themselves to leave work or get up at 3:30 in the morning and work tirelessly through the day or night to try and help a family in our community in a fire emergency. Thank you to their employers that support what they do and thanks to the firefighters families themselves for supporting your loved one in their service to our community.
Most of all my personal thanks to the 41 members of the Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services. Your support and dedication to our community really makes a difference in people’s lives every day. I see this from the praise, thank you letters and comments from those you have served – and served well. I am glad to work along side you and am very proud of our firefighter family.
So next time you see a firefighter wearing a blue Revelstoke Fire Rescue T-shirt with their number on it, remember that they are proud to wear it, proud to be part of a long rich history and most of all proud to serve you and our community. Please be safe in all aspects of your and your families lives when it comes to fire safety and remember to call 911 in an emergency. Remember that a working smoke alarm is a sound we all can live with!