Media Release - West Vancouver Fire Fighter Rescues Two From an Aggressive House Fire
Thursday, September 01, 2011
West Vancouver, BC: At approximately 8:30 a.m. this morning, an off duty West Vancouver Fire fighter discovered a house fire in Horseshoe Bay. The fire fighter confirmed the blaze and, while emergency crews were on their way, gained entry into the home. The residence, with multiple suites, was occupied and the people in the home were unaware of the fire. The fire fighter cleared the home and rescued the occupants, including two young adults who were asleep in two separate bedrooms on the same level where the fire was burning.
“I am so proud of our entire crew,” says Fire Chief, Jim Cook of West Vancouver Fire and Rescue. “The crews responded quickly and our off-duty member, Dave Moore, very likely saved the lives of the people in the home. The dedication of our crews to this community is always on; regardless if they are on or off the clock.”
The off-duty fire fighter was enjoying a morning coffee, saw the smoke and flames, and was first on scene. “I guess it’s just instinct,” says, Moore. “I knew it was an aggressive fire and wanted to be sure there was no one inside. There was and I am so glad I was in the right place at the right time.”
The cause of the fire is not known at this time and is being investigated. A candle may have sparked the blaze. Four fire trucks and 17 fire fighters responded to the blaze. No other homes or buildings were damaged as a result of the fire.
A total of 95 West Vancouver fire fighters respond to more than 3,500 emergency calls per year and service the eastern boundary of West Vancouver at Taylor Way to west of Horseshoe Bay.
About the District of West Vancouver
The District of West Vancouver is the local government led by Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones and Council. Home to more than 44,000 residents, West Vancouver is a local government which strives to "inspire excellence and lead by example". Our Vision and Mission guide us to pursue our treasured quality of life and will be the measure of our success as a community. West Vancouver is a community built on innovation, a strong spirit of personal civic commitment and a deep value for relationships.
Jessica Delaney, Director of Communications