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New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services’ Chief Armstrong is chosen as the 2017 Fire Chief of the Year
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September 22, 2017

New Westminster, BC – On Wednesday, September 20th at the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) award gala, New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services’ Chief Tim Armstrong was presented with the award for 2017 Fire Chief of the Year.

“Congratulations to Chief Armstrong on receiving this prestigious award,” said Mayor Jonathan X. Coté. “Tim’s dedication to our fire department and to our community is evident throughout the city; the recognition is well deserved.”

“Tim Armstrong is an extraordinary Fire Chief. His professionalism, dedication to his department and commitment to public safety are all components for this well-deserved award,” said City of New Westminster CAO Lisa Spitale. “On behalf of the City of New Westminster, we are all very proud of Chief Armstrong."

Each year, during CAFC’s annual conference, Fire Rescue Canada, a select number of Fire Chiefs representing the fire services industry are recognized by the CAFC and Fire Underwriters Survey for their outstanding contribution in promoting fire services in Canada. In addition to the plaque or recognition, a monetary award is contributed in the name of the winning candidate to the community program he or she would like to support.

“I am truly humbled as it is a great honour to be recognized by my peers and the emergency response community as a whole,” said New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services Fire Chief Tim Armstrong. “Success in these roles is all about relationships and trust built by collaboration – this award represents a team effort.  I can’t overstate the respect and support I receive from the Mayor, Council, CAO, and my dedicated team at the fire department.”

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Jim Wishlove, Assistant Deputy Fire Chief
New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services
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