The Board of Fire Trustees and Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue is pleased to announce the Appointment of Jamie Holmes to Deputy Fire Chief of SSIFR effective May 1st, 2021. Chief Holmes has also been serving as Acting Fire Chief since November 14th, 2020 and will continue in that capacity.
Acting Chief Holmes has served Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue for 25 years since joining the department as a paid-on-call volunteer in January of 1996. Acting Chief Holmes became a career firefighter in 2002 and ascended though the ranks landing as Assistant Chief in 2015.
During his 15-year tenure as training officer, the Department successfully trained many volunteer Firefighters that would go on to become career professionals both within our own department and in other departments across the province. Acting Chief Holmes set a benchmark that members be trained to the NFPA 1001 standard. This high standard allows members to apply for a career with any department in North America.
The Board of Trustees is fortunate to have Acting Chief Holmes skills and experience on their management team. We are grateful for his continued service to our community and excited for the future of emergency services on Salt Spring Island.