Fire Service Awards

The Fire Service Awards program acknowledges contributions by B.C. firefighters and citizens. The program awards decorations and medals for outstanding contributions to fire safety in B.C.

The Fire Services Advisory Committee reviews fire-related emergency incidents for recognition opportunities. It also recognizes members of the fire service for outstanding and long service.

Medals

There are three medals available to recognize fire service. Two of the medals are provincial-level recognition and the third is a federal medal that the province provides input on.

 Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal

Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal, honours members of a recognized Canadian fire service who have completed 20 years of service, ten years of which have been served in the performance of duties involving potential risks, and were employed on or after the date of creation of the Medal.

Eligibility

The Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal honors members of Canadian fire services who:

  • Have completed 20 years of service, 10 years of which have been served in the performance of duties involving potential risks, and
  • Were employed on or after August 29, 1985

Recognized fire services include:

  • Canadian fire departments
  • Fire marshals offices
  • Fire commissioners offices, and
  • The Canadian Forces Fire Services

Exemplary service is characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency.

Consideration is given only to periods of service for which no other long service, good conduct or efficiency decoration or medal has been awarded by the Crown.

The medal may be awarded posthumously.

The medal is awarded by the Chancellery of Honours in Ottawa. Awards are made on behalf of the Sovereign by the Governor General. The medals and certificates of award are forwarded to the nominating authority for presentation on behalf of the Governor General.

Additions to the Medal

Recipients of the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal may be awarded a bar to acknowledge each additional 10-year period of service with a Canadian fire service if that service warrants an award.

Nominations

  1. The official federal electronic nomination form is to be downloaded from the Governor General of Canada website.
  2. If more than one firefighter is eligible for an award, you may fill out one official federal nomination form and add further names to that same form
  3. Please accompany the completed official federal nomination form (saved in pdf format) with a cover letter confirming list of nominees and nominating authority contact information
  4. Send completed official federal nomination form and cover letter to the Office of the Fire Commissioner email in Victoria

If the nomination is for the fire chief, the nominating authority must be the person the fire chief reports to such as the mayor or chief administrative officer of their village, town, district or city. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Exemplary Service Medal recipients may purchase miniatures for non-uniform dress wear.

B.C. Long Service Medal

The province awards the British Columbia Long Service Medal to people who have completed at least 25 years of paid or volunteer fire service. The medal recognizes their dedicated and selflessness service to their communities and province.

The province also awards the British Columbia Long Service Bar for 35 and 45 years of fire service.

Eligibility

Years of fire service include paid service, volunteer service or a combination of both. Documentation of fire service must be submitted with the application.

If the nomination is for the fire chief, the nominating authority must be the person the fire chief reports to such as the mayor or chief administrative officer of their village, town, district or city. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Nominations

Return the completed and signed British Columbia Long Service Medal nomination form (PDF) by mail or courier to the Office of the Fire Commissioner, enclosing fire service documentation.

The nominating authority may be the fire chief, deputy chief, mayor or city clerk.

If more than one firefighter is eligible for the award, complete one nomination form (PDF) and include additional names on the Additional Names Form (PDF).

Email completed forms to the Office of the Fire Commissioner.

B.C. Fire Fighter Medal of Bravery

The Medal of Bravery expresses the gratitude British Columbians feel for fire fighters who act without concern for their personal safety.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this medal, the nominee must be an active fire service personnel at the time of nomination.

Nominations

Medal of Bravery nominations must be made in writing to the Fire Commissioner. In your nomination, please include details about how the fire fighter demonstrated exceptional service.

Send all nominations to the Office of the Fire Commissioner. The Office of the Fire Commissioner will review nominations and forwarded them to the Bravery Award Committee for consideration and final recommendation to the Minister of Justice.

 


Recognition Awards

These are awarded as plaques and certificates to recognize outstanding contributions and years of service.

Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner Award

On completion of service as a Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner (LAFC), LAFC are eligible to receive a certificate of appreciation from the Fire Commissioner that recognizes their service.

To receive the certificate of appreciation, the LAFC badge must be returned to the OFC. Upon request, and with permission of the Fire Commissioner, their badge may also be returned to the member as a memento of their service.

For further information, please contact the Office of the Fire Commissioner.

Fire Commissioners Commendation

The Fire Commissioner's Commendation is a way of recognizing individuals who make outstanding contributions to fire safety in British Columbia. The commendation can be awarded to members of the public as well as the fire service. Commendations are coordinated through the Office of the Fire Commissioner.

To apply for a commendation, a local fire chief or the Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner must send a letter of request to the Office of the Fire Commissioner. The letter must outline the incident and the nominee’s actions. The Office of the Fire Commissioner will review each request and make a recommendation to the Fire Commissioner. If a commendation is approved, the Office of the Fire Commissioner will send it to the requester for presentation.

For further information, please contact the Office of the Fire Commissioner.