Surrey fire crews honoured for long service
Surrey firefighters were recognized for their long-term service last week, with many having logged more than a quarter century on the job.
On Feb. 16, Lieutenant Governor Steven L. Point awarded 154 current and retired members of the Surrey Fire Service with the Federal Exemplary Fire Service and Provincial Long Service Medals.
Forty-six firefighters received medals for 25 years service and 10 were given awards for 35 years on the job.
Federal Exemplary Fire Service Medals were given to 60 firefighters with 20 years of service, 36 of them with 30 years on the job, and two who were retired received awards for 40 years of service.
Long-serving recipients represent almost one-third of the 500-member Surrey fire force.
This means firefighters working in Surrey love their jobs, and recruiting has to ramp up in order to replace many who are set to retire.
On Monday, Surrey is bringing on 16 new firefighters, half of those to replace people who are retiring. More will be hired in the fall to fill further vacancies due to retirement.