View Royal mayor David Screech congratulates Fire Chief Paul Hurst for his 35 years of service following the council meeting Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy of Town of View Royal)

View Royal mayor David Screech congratulates Fire Chief Paul Hurst for his 35 years of service following the council meeting Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy of Town of View Royal)

View Royal salutes Fire Chief Paul Hurst’s service

Council recognizes 35-year career with more to come

Rick Stiebel

News Staff

When he first signed up as a volunteer firefighter on his 16th birthday, it marked the beginning of a remarkable career for View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst that is still going strong.

View Royal Mayor David Screech thanked Hurst on behalf of council and View Royal’s residents for his service on Tuesday during the regular meeting of council.

“His expertise, dedication and leadership skills are evident throughout the View Royal fire department,” Screech noted. “Thirty-five years of service to an organization is a truly remarkable milestone and council is pleased to acknowledge Chief Hurst’s contributions to our town over that time.”

Hurst became a full-time firefighter with View Royal in 1988. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 1992, was named assistant chief in 2002, and took over as fire chief in 2005.

READ ALSO: View Royal honours fire chief’s service, festive reception

Hurst said it’s been an honour to serve the residents of View Royal for 35 years. “There are many reasons for the fire department’s success, including the incredible support of mayors and councils over the years,” Hurst said.

He cited the career staff and volunteer men and women of View Royal as major contributors as well.

“They are an incredible group of people and I look forward to coming to work every day because of them.

“It is hard not to be inspired and proud of our volunteers. I am so appreciative of the good people that surround me. We work hard together to better the organization.”

Hurst said he’s been fortunate to have so many friends and colleagues who have helped him with strategic decisions, held him accountable and corrected him when required.

He’s also grateful to the volunteers who stay overnight at the station every night of the year to provide coverage and respond to calls after the career day staff have completed their shift.

“That is incredible dedication to their community,” he stressed. “A huge thanks and love to my wife Laurie as well.

Whether it’s Thursday night drills, overnights or a 5 a.m. house fire, not once has she complained or not supported my firefighter family.”

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Sooke Fine Arts Show will be online again this year, showcasing unique artworks from Vancouver Island and B.C.’s coastal island artists from July 23 to Aug. 2. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Fine Arts Show goes virtual for second year in a row

Art exhibition and show set for July 23 to Aug. 2

Ownership of SISȻENEM — also known as Halibut Island located east off Sidney Island — has transferred to W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council after The Land Conservancy of British Columbia (TLC) had purchased the island for $1.55 million. (The Land Conservancy/Submitted)
SISȻENEM (Halibut Island) transfers to W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council under historic agreement

The Land Conservancy purchased the 9.67-acre island for $1.55 million with help from unnamed donor

Landis Carmichael is the Goldstream Gazette 2021 Local Hero as the Emergency Services Award winner. (Photo courtesy Landis Carmichael)
29-year-old firefighter has spent almost half his life with Langford department

Landis Carmichael is the 2021 recipient of the Emergency Services Award

Shannon Davis, manager at Sidney’s Star Cinema, holds up the largest available bag of popcorn available for sale at the theatre. It also also sells four smaller sizes in generating revenue following its closure last fall because of COVID-19. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney theatre fills bottom line with popcorn sales

Theatre applying to return to doing our household-only private rentals

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media File Photo)
POLL: Are you struggling with Greater Victoria’s cost of housing?

While Victoria remains one of the most expensive cities in the country… Continue reading

The BC Prosecution Service announced last year that it was appointing lawyer Marilyn Sandford as a special prosecutor to review the case, following media inquiries about disclosure issues linked to a pathologist involved in the matter. (Black Press Media files)
Possible miscarriage of justice in B.C. woman’s conviction in toddler drowning: prosecutor

Tammy Bouvette was originally charged with second-degree murder but pleaded guilty in 2013 to the lesser charge

A kid in elementary school wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Metro Creative)
Union asks why an elementary school mask rule wouldn’t work in B.C. if it does elsewhere

B.C. education minister announced expansion of mask-wearing rules in middle, high school but not elementary students

A pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
Canada approves use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

The country joins more than a dozen others in giving the shot the green light

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is preparing a rapid response team proposal for submission to the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo school district chosen as Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 rapid response team

Team to consist of SD68 and Island Health staff, according to B.C. Ministry of Education

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Ella Donovan with mom Tina outside Fuller Lake Arena before heading onto the ice for practice. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Young Ladysmith skater watches and waits in battle against cancer

Ella Donovan’s tumour began a tumultuous time, but community support eased the burden

Most Read