Fire service awards
This program acknowledges contributions by B.C. firefighters and citizens. Certificates and medals are awarded for outstanding contributions to fire safety.
Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal
This medal is awarded on behalf of the Governor General of Canada to firefighters who have shown exemplary service through good conduct, industry, and efficiency.
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
- Were employed on or after August 29, 1985
Recognized fire services include:
- Canadian fire departments
- Fire Marshals offices
- Fire Commissioners offices
- The Canadian Forces Fire Services
Visit the Fire Services Exemplary Medal program page for program details and information on how to make a nomination.
Fire chiefs must be nominated by the person they report to, such as the mayor or chief administrative officer of their jurisdiction. Self-nominations aren’t accepted.
B.C. Long Service Medal
This medal is awarded to those who have at least 25 years of paid or volunteer fire service in a community/structure fire department as a structure firefighter, to recognize their dedication and long service.
The British Columbia Long Service bar and pin are available for every 10 years of service after the initial 25 years.
Note that only one original award is issued, and replicas, replacements or additional ribbons are not provided.
- Must have at least 25 years of cumulative service in the fire service
- This can include a combination of paid or volunteer service in a community/structure fire department
- Minimum of ten (10) years as a structure firefighter within the period
- Documentation of fire service must be submitted with the application
- All service to be considered must have been in B.C.
- Complete the British Columbia Long Service Medal nomination form (PDF)
- Complete the Additional Names Form (PDF) if nominating more than one fire service member
- Email completed forms and documentation to OFC@gov.bc.ca
To nominate someone, you must be the fire chief, deputy chief, fire services manager, mayor or chief administrative officer.
Fire chiefs must be nominated by the person they report to, such as the mayor or chief administrative officer of their jurisdiction. Self-nominations aren’t accepted
B.C. Firefighter Medal of Bravery
The B.C. Firefighter Medal of Bravery is under review. We are not accepting nominations at this time. Please consider a Federal Decorations for Bravery nomination.
These are awarded as certificates to recognize outstanding contributions and years of service.
Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner certificate of appreciation
After completing service as a local assistant to the fire commissioner (LAFC), individuals are eligible to receive a certificate of appreciation that recognizes their service.
How to apply
- A letter of confirmation that the authority has ceased for whom and when, along with the return of the issued LAFC badge
- A certificate is issued once the LAFC badge is returned
Fire Commissioners Certificate of Commendation
This certificate recognizes those who make outstanding contributions to fire safety in the province. It can be awarded to the public as well as members of the fire service.
How to apply
To apply for the certificate, the local fire chief or the local assistant to the fire commissioner must send a letter of request to OFC@gov.bc.ca.
The letter of request must:
- Outline the incident
- Indicate the actions taken by the nominee
Each request will be reviewed and a recommendation will be made to the fire commissioner. If a commendation is approved, the certificate will be sent to the requester for presentation.