Darren Hughes and Dace Cockle pose with an original 1938 firefighters helmet after the Change of Command Ceremony during Oak Bay Council, Jan. 28. (Jesse Laufer / News Staff).

WATCH: 1938 Firefighter helmet passed to new Chief

Chief Dave Cockle passed along the helmet to incoming Chief Darren Hughes

Fire Chief Dave Cockle passed along the ceremonial fire helmet to Deputy Chief Darren Hughes during Oak Bay municipal council, Jan. 28.

Hughes becomes chief after Cockle retires, Jan. 31.

He will be the tenth fire chief in Oak Bay’s history, and the tenth to guard the 1938 leather helmet worn by Oak Bay’s first chief, Edward Clayards.

Cockle retires after over 30 years of service. He was a founding member of the earthquake alliance and shakeout BC, which Mayor Kevin Murdoch said we’ll appreciate more when the big one hits.

READ MORE: Oak Bay Fire Chief Dave Cockle to retire

Hughes’ career with Oak Bay started in 1992 and he’s been the Deputy Chief since 2016.

On Twitter residents and councillors expressed their thanks to Cockle as retirement draws closer.



jesse.laufer@oakbaynews.com

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