A huge congratulations to Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services firefighter Dan Hutchison. Hutchison has dedicated 35 years to firefighting, and earlier this week Mayor Gary Sulz presented Hutchison with the British Columbia Long Service Award.
Hutchison served all 35 years in Revelstoke. He volunteered for twelve years before moving into a career position. In time he became a training officer and an assistant chief, before choosing to take a step and continue as a regular career firefighter.
“Being a firefighter is a rewarding job – to have the skills and training to help the citizens who pay your wages,” says Hutchison. “Over as many years as I’ve done it, you see some difficult things, but it’s part of the job and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it.”
“It’s also been remarkable to see young people in Revelstoke start out volunteering and progress and just move on with life and be great human beings,” says Hutchison. “And it’s rewarding to assist young people in moving into the career. Over the years, I’ve helped people who are now working as firefighters in Calgary, Kamloops and Kelowna.”
Hutchison’s own son in law works as a firefighter in Kelowna, and he notes that if his grandson every decides to follow suit, he would be proud to see it.
Initiated in 1956, the Long Service Awards program ‘celebrates and commemorates the long-term commitment and loyalty of BC Public Service employees.’
Each fall, award recipients are honoured with a special evening at Government House, in Victoria.