Chemainus Fire Department members, front row from left: Kevin Millard, Steve Flagg, Brandon Istace, Jaylene Nemanishin. Back: Mike Bewcyk, Jeff Moore, Evan Wicklund, Nick Kornet, Al Irwin, Brad Constable, Shea Dewit. Absent: Andy Beam, Kayla Carlson, Ken Denham, Ron French, Kevin Hardy, John Joe, Trevor Meyer, Alex Meyer, Rachel Moore, Zoe Nedelec, Rob Sharp, Rick Sketchley, Eric Thomsen, John Ward, Paul Windsor. (Photo by Malcolm Chalmers)

Chemainus Fire Department members, front row from left: Kevin Millard, Steve Flagg, Brandon Istace, Jaylene Nemanishin. Back: Mike Bewcyk, Jeff Moore, Evan Wicklund, Nick Kornet, Al Irwin, Brad Constable, Shea Dewit. Absent: Andy Beam, Kayla Carlson, Ken Denham, Ron French, Kevin Hardy, John Joe, Trevor Meyer, Alex Meyer, Rachel Moore, Zoe Nedelec, Rob Sharp, Rick Sketchley, Eric Thomsen, John Ward, Paul Windsor. (Photo by Malcolm Chalmers)

Chemainus Fire Department

Salute to volunteers during Fire Prevention Week Oct. 3-9

It’s the 100th anniversary of the Chemainus Fire Department.

There would have been a lot more hoopla surrounding the occasion if not for COVID, but it’s still worthy of our full acknowledgement and appreciation despite the lack of any public opportunities to celebrate.

Angela Carlson painted a commemorative mural for the anniversary that was affixed to a wall at the back of the Chemainus Post Office earlier this year that depicts part of the department’s history.

Fire Chief Al Irwin and the current Chemainus members are maintaining a century-old tradition of service in the community that always goes above and beyond the call of duty. Several firefighters have literally been with the department for decades.

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Chemainus Fire Department Chief Al Irwin. (Photo by Malcolm Chalmers Photography)

Chemainus Fire Department Chief Al Irwin. (Photo by Malcolm Chalmers Photography)

Chemainus Fire Department is marking 100 years of service to the community in 2021. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Fire Department is marking 100 years of service to the community in 2021. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Fire Department display at the Chemainus Valley Museum. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Fire Department display at the Chemainus Valley Museum. (Photo by Don Bodger)