Fire Chief Bill Park announces his retirement

March 13, 2008

CITY OF PITT MEADOWS

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2008 - 08
March 13, 2008
For further information, call
Bill Park, Fire Chief at 604-465-2490    email: bpark@pittmeadows.bc.ca

 
                                                  PITT MEADOWS CHIEF PARK RETIRES

PITT MEADOWS, BC: For nearly three decades the Pitt Meadows Volunteer Fire Department has been a part of Fire Chief Bill Park's life.   On August 1, 2008 that is about to change as Chief Park hangs up his fire hat to spend more time with his wife and children.   

For almost ten years Bill has been the Director of Fire Services and held overall responsibility for the City's emergency program.   Prior to becoming Chief he was a volunteer firefighter for 17 years, doing this while being a full time dairy farmer in Pitt Meadows.   Chief Park is passionate about fire services and even more so about the men and women he has had the privilege to serve and work with over the years. “The best part of my association with the fire services has been the passionate, dedicated, generous and humorous people that I've worked with on a daily basis” added Park. Besides all his fire experience, Bill played a role with the Farm Health and Safety Association (WCB) where he educated farmers on tractor and machinery safety and worked as a contractor developing fire safety plans for Pitt Meadows, many of which are still in use today.     

Three generations of the Park family have served the citizens of Pitt Meadows starting with Bill's grandfather W.J. Park, one of Pitt Meadows first Mayors and for whom Park Road is named then followed by his father, Gordon, who served as a Councillor for fifteen years.   Chief Administrative Officer Jake Rudolph echoed the sentiments of staff and Council on the Chief's pending retirement, “on behalf of the organization I want to thank Bill for the very significant contribution he has made to the Fire Department, the City and the community.    I am very happy for Bill and wish him the very best as he enters into a new phase of life later this year.

 Mayor MacLean would like to tell Bill “he just can't retire” but reluctantly wished him all the best.   “Pitt Meadows could not have asked for a better ambassador for both the fire service and the community. Both as Chief and as an important citizen within our community, Bill will be missed.”

 Looking forward, the City will undertake an extensive search for a new Chief to lead the department into what is expected to be a very robust future.