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History of the

 

WEST VANCOUVER FIRE SERVICE

1974

Hired five firemen.

Ordered 1 Pumper and 1 Warden's car.

Fire Prevention Office Inspector appointed November 1974.

1975

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Also in 1976 - Egypt formally abrogated the 1971 Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation with the Soviet Union.

1977

1978

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.

1979

1980

Also in 1980 - 87 people including a 14-man United States boxing team died in an air crash in Warsaw.

1981

June – Volunteers phased out.

1982

2 Mack Pumper Trucks purchased.

1983

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.

1984

1 Mack Pumper Truck purchased.

1989

August – 4 District Chiefs start on shift.

New Rescue Truck purchased.

1990

Simon Duplex Pumper Truck purchased.

1991

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.

1992

1993

John Rowlands became Fire Chief (June 1).

1994

1995

Also in 1995 - Norman Thagard, the first American astronaut to fly in a Russian rocket, blasted off from the icy windswept plains of Kazakhstan.

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1997

1998

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.

1999

Smeal Quint Truck with 55 foot ladder purchased.

West Vancouver Fire Department becomes West Vancouver Fire & Rescue.

 

 

 

 

Fire Department History  Cont'd.