Pitt Meadows fire chief Don Jolley has retired. (Contributed)

Pitt Meadows fire chief retires

Don Jolley bows out amid city hiring two full-time firefighters.

Pitt Meadows fire chief Don Jolley has retired, effective Friday.

Jolley had taken a leave of absence since early November. He was to be off for a month, but extended the leave until Jan. 2, then on Friday announced he will retire.

In his absence, assistant chiefs Brad Perrie and Mike Larsson have been alternating as acting fire chief of the department.

City CAO Mark Roberts said it was Jolley’s decision to retire, and he did not give a reason.

“Chief Jolley has provided excellent service to the city over the years,” said Roberts, adding that he is knowledgeable both as a firefighter and former paramedic, and has led a “productive and efficient fire department that serves the city of Pitt Meadows very well.”

Mayor Bill Dingwall, elected in October, has been public about his desire to see more full-time firefighters added to the Pitt Meadows fire hall.

Jolley has been an advocate for, and defender of, the paid-on-call model the city employs to staff the fire hall, and former councillor Janis Elkerton questioned his absence.

However, at last Monday’s special meeting, council heard that Jolley had requested two more full-time firefighters be hired.

Roberts said senior staff is going into budget deliberations, starting on Monday evening, with a recommendation that council approve hiring two more full-time fire service technicians.

“Preservation of the paid-on-call model he has endorsed fully over the years will continue,” said Roberts.

After the hirings, the city will have seven full-time firefighters, including chiefs and assistant chiefs, and 29 paid-on-call members.

Roberts said he will contemplate the next steps in consultation with the assistant fire chiefs and the human resources department.

Jolley was effectively an in-house hire, with a lot of experience in Pitt Meadows.

Jolley was hired as fire chief in Pitt Meadows in June 2008.

Prior to that, he was an assistant and deputy fire chief for more than five years, from 2001 to 2006, during which time he also worked as a paramedic. He worked as a deputy fire chief in Langley City in 2006-2008. He is also the first vice-president of the Fire Chiefs Association of B.C.

Just Posted

Breast cancer spray painting fundraiser Saturday in Pitt Meadows

Katzie artists hosts unique public participation event

Night for Noah charity game Saturday

Event honours Noah Trulsen, who died while playing hockey last year

Man who once killed a fellow inmate convicted of threatening guard at Kent

No prison time for threat nine years after MMA-style beating death in Maple Ridge

Maple Ridge OKs mixed-use plan for Albion flats

Ideas for east side of Jim Robson Way

Maple Ridge charity filling shoeboxes with love

Boxes will be donated to children in West Africa and Latin America

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

VIDEO: B.C. man trapped under ATV for days shows promise at Victoria hospital

Out of induced coma, 41-year-old is smiling, squeezing hands and enjoying sunshine

Ski resorts selling mountain water is a risky move, critics say

Alberta allowed ski resort in Kananaskis Country to sell about 50 million litres to third party

Sportsnet looks at new options for Coach’s Corner time slot, post-Don Cherry

Spokesperson says Hall of Fame feature on tap this weekend after co-host’s firing

Grand Forks residents protest on bridge to call for ‘fair’ compensation after 2018 floods

Demonstrators also criticized how long it has taken to be offered land deals

B.C. taxi drivers no longer exempt from wearing a seatbelt

Before, taxi drivers were allowed to forego a seatbelt when driving under 70 kilometres an hour

Car dash covered in papers not an excuse for speeding, Delta police warn

After pulling driver over for speeding, police found his speedometer blocked by a stack of papers

B.C. woman seeks return of jewelry box containing father’s cremated remains

Sicamous RCMP report handmade box was stolen from a storage locker

Vancouver police officer charged with sexual assault in apparent off-duty incident

Jagraj Roger Berar, 51, of Surrey, charged in incident alleged to have happened in Whistler

Most Read