September's meeting night was bittersweet. We presented five rookies with their black helmets; they have been training with us for the last two years and have officially graduated the rigorous Comox Fire training program and are now certified firefighters to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 1001 level II.
However, we also had to say goodbye to three loyal and very valuable members of our organization. Lorne Hicks, Christiaan Horsfall, and Craig Skene have left our department for other life pursuits. They were great contributors to Comox Fire, experienced firefighters, and most importantly, good people. They will very much be missed and we wish them the best in all of their future endeavors!
Chief Schreiner states: "These three retiring members leave big shoes to fill and were wonderful examples to our newer members. Not only were they good firefighters but they are all very nice people who really care about their community."
The dinner meeting was a great occasion and family members of our firefighters were invited. As we all know, none of us would be able to commit to this organization if it wasn't for the support and understanding of our spouses/partners/parents/children.
Congratulations to the newly certified firefighters, and best of luck to those moving on to new adventures!