In 2003, after previously serving as a joint police and fire department, the Esquimalt Fire Department was formed. Now the department is marking its 20th anniversary.
From 1912 to 2003, Esquimalt was served by a combined police and fire service.
On New Year’s Day, the milestone anniversary was marked by unveiling a new crest for the department.
“Our values include innovation, inclusion and respect,” said Fire Chief Steve Serbic. “I’m proud to present an updated crest that commemorates this 20-year milestone in the department and that embodies our values.”
Esquimalt’s fire department has 24 members, and two assistant fire chiefs. The crews are trained in structural collapse, first responder certification, confined space and high angle rope rescue, as well as fire suppression and prevention.
The department also supports local initiatives through the Esquimalt Firefighters Charitable Foundation. Initiatives include the Mustard Seed Foundation, the Esquimalt Curling Club, the Rainbow Kitchen, Lions Baseball, various Esquimalt High programs and Esquimalt Neighborhood House Society.
“While January 1 marks the anniversary, there will be several events with EFRS announced throughout 2023 that will help celebrate the years of service to the community,” the township said in a news release.