Saanich Fire celebrates 100 years of community service
March 12, 2019
For immediate release
Saanich, BC – From a humble start in 1919 with only 1,000 feet of fire hose and one firefighter, Saanich’s Fire Department has progressed by leaps and bounds. Today, the department kicks off its centennial year by honouring the past and looking forward to the future.
“Saanich Fire is an integral part of our municipality and the region,” said Mayor Fred Haynes. “I’m thrilled to honour these talented and dedicated men and women as they celebrate 100 years of service.”
The role of the Saanich Fire Department has expanded beyond just fighting fires. Today, the department responds to a wide range of emergency incidents, provides fire dispatch 9-1-1 services, fire prevention education, and conducts building inspections and fire investigations. The department also provides mutual aid to other municipalities and ensures Saanich is prepared for and able to respond and recover from major emergencies and disasters.
“Saanich’s fire stations and firefighting equipment have changed drastically over the last 100 years, but the passion and dedication of our team is as strong as ever,” said Fire Chief Michael Burgess. “This commitment to service is part of what inspired me to choose a career in the fire department when I first joined as a recruit.”
Since 1919, the Saanich Fire Department has grown to 123 uniformed members and seven support staff. Staff operate out of three fire stations and respond to approximately 4,600 emergency incidents each year.
Saanich Fire continues to modernize practices and keep up with trends. The department provides specialized services like mechanical and high angle rescue services, and participates on the regional hazardous materials response team.
A series of events will be held throughout the year to celebrate this milestone. More information about the Saanich Fire Department and the centennial is available at saanich.ca.
Michael Burgess, Fire Chief
Saanich Fire Department