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History of the
WEST VANCOUVER FIRE SERVICE
The snowfall of January 2009 falls short of what we received in 1965. We had four feet to six feet and higher in where it drifted. There was a photograph in the Vancouver Sun showing the street sign at Crestline and Henlow Roads (top of the British Properties) with only the top two feet showing above the snow!
This was before we had a fire station on Cross Creek Road. To save time responding in those extreme conditions, Fire Chief Flint McKim borrowed a fire truck from the Provincial Fire Marshall’s Office. Chief McKim stationed the truck at the top of the British Properties. Mr. Marv Wilson offered his driveway, in front of his home at 1042 Eyremount to park the truck and his basement rec. room to billet the three man crew. From January 3rd to January 12th there was a three man day shift and night shift. Each shift was made up with one professional fire fighter and two volunteer fire fighters
The day shift had the task of locating and digging out the fire hydrants and marking them with a bamboo pole.
Several flat roof homes were damaged when the snow started melting.
The following fire fighters made up the shifts.
Les Butler Cecil Bean
Joe Callegari Peter Cherry
Tom Fleming Lorne Colpitts
Ron James Bas Collins
Joe Libicz Bert Galpin
Art Ridley Ron Grisdale
Gerry McDowell Jim Hewitt
Ken Tiderington Floyd Hill
Bob Tocher Al Jamieson
Bill Weeks Marty Link
“Signs never lie, and the sign on the carport of Marvin Wilson clearly reads ‘No. 4 Fire Hall.’ The Wilson’s residence at 1042 Eyermount in West Vancouver was selected as an emergency fire hall because of it’s convenience – half way up the mountain.
West Vancouver firemen poised for any emergency are Lorne Colpitts, Bill weeks and Jim Hewitt.”
The Vancouver Sun Newspaper