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History of the
WEST VANCOUVER FIRE SERVICE
Hired five firemen.
Ordered 1 Pumper and 1 Warden's car.
Fire Prevention Office Inspector appointed November 1974.
Also in 1976 - Egypt formally abrogated the 1971 Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation with the Soviet Union.
Colin Evans becomes Fire Chief (Jan. 15)
Scott Aerial 100ft. purchased.
Also in 1978 - Dutch marines succeeded in freeing 71 hostages held by South Moluccans for 29 hours. On June 30, the South Moluccans were jailed for 15 years.
Also in 1980 - 87 people including a 14-man United States boxing team died in an air crash in Warsaw.
June – Volunteers phased out.
2 Mack Pumper Trucks purchased.
Opened new Fire Hall. No. 3 (current building)
Also in 1983 - OPEC agreed to cut its oil prices by 15 percent for the first time in its 23-year history.
1 Mack Pumper Truck purchased.
August – 4 District Chiefs start on shift.
New Rescue Truck purchased.
Simon Duplex Pumper Truck purchased.
Also in 1991 - The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah, returned to his war-devastated homeland two weeks to the day after the Gulf War ended.
John Rowlands became Fire Chief (June 1).
Also in 1995 - Norman Thagard, the first American astronaut to fly in a Russian rocket, blasted off from the icy windswept plains of Kazakhstan.
Ron Olson becomes Acting Fire Chief (Feb. 27) and Fire Chief on Dec. 16.
Fire & Safety Educator hired.
Also in 1998 - Will Smith's hit single "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It' soared to Number 1, and stayed in the top position for 3 weeks.
Smeal Quint Truck with 55 foot ladder purchased.
West Vancouver Fire Department becomes West Vancouver Fire & Rescue.