Fire Chief Retiring
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
For Immediate Release
West Vancouver, BC: Fire Chief Jeff Oates has announced he will be retiring after 30 years of service with West Vancouver Fire & Rescue. Jeff Oates has been the Fire Chief for the past two years, after holding senior management positions including Assistant Chief of Operations and Deputy Chief.
Chief Oates has many accomplishments to be proud of, including the Department’s development of a standard setting high-rise firefighting training program which has recently been adopted by the Justice Institute of BC. Chief Oates has always believed in collaboration, which led him to continually work with various stakeholders to develop West Vancouver Fire & Rescue into a highly trained and respected Fire Department.
“I would like to thank the community for its continued support of the Department, and I would like to acknowledge the dedication of our Firefighters who demonstrate a high level of service and professionalism which makes West Vancouver a better and safer place to live,” says Chief Oates.
“Chief Oates has an excellent reputation in the community and among his colleagues – his 30 years of experience will be missed,” says West Vancouver’s new Chief Administrative Officer, Grant McRadu.
“Chief Oates has worked diligently to bring different points of view closer together, and Council appreciates his collaborative approach,” says Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones.
Chief Oates’s last day in the office will be July 31st.