20 Year Service Award highlights Fire Department Banquet
Long-standing service awards, promotions and certificate presentations were all part of the recent celebrations at the Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Service (EVSCFS) annual appreciation banquet.
“The appreciation evening is always a special night for us as we acknowledge and thank all of our firefighters who give such outstanding service to our rural communities and recognize those members who have reached service milestones,” said EVSCFS Fire Chief Dave Boreen.
Members were recognized for five and 10 years of service with the Jaffray and Baynes Lake Departments, and a number of training certificates were handed out to members who completed training in emergency scene traffic control, hazardous materials awareness, wildfire-related courses, water supply operations and more.
The longest-standing member to be recognized was James Cosens who received an exemplary service medal for his 20 years of service with the Baynes Lake Fire Department. “Jim works well with all members of his team and frequently goes over and above to help members with training,” said Boreen. “Aside from the on-the-groundwork he does as a firefighter, Jim can always be counted on to participate in other functions at the department such as fundraising, work bees, and social events. We are grateful for his years of service and proud to have him as a member of our crew.”
Years of Service Awards:
- 20 Years, Jim Cosens, Baynes Lake;
- 10 Years, Janet Baher, Baynes Lake;
- 10 Years, Clint Ewasiuk, Jaffray Fire;
- 5 Years, Kayla Ewasiuk, Jaffray Fire;
- 5 Years, JT Ewasiuk, Jaffray Fire;
In addition to the service awards and training certificate presentations, there were three promotions for members of the Baynes Lake Fire Department. Rachael Smith was promoted to Captain, Chad Bevand, Marie Cosens were promoted to Lieutenant. In addition, Terry Montgomery of the Jaffray Fire Department was promoted to Lieutenant.
The banquet was held at the Jaffray Community Centre and brought the Jaffray, Baynes Lake, Elko and Hosmer departments together for one evening of celebration.
Lead image: Jim Cosens (centre) receives his 20-Year Exemplary Service Medal and Certificate from Fire Chief Dave Boreen (L) and Deputy Chief Michael Hockley (R). Photos submitted